Alex Lyon (ice hockey)

Alexander Augustus Lyon (born December 9, 1992) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Philadelphia Flyers in the National Hockey League (NHL). He played collegiately for the Yale Bulldogs men's ice hockey team, competing in the ECAC.[1]

Alex Lyon
Lyon with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in 2020
Born (1992-12-09) December 9, 1992 (age 28)
Baudette, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team Philadelphia Flyers
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2016present

Playing career

While at Yale University, Lyon was named Ivy League co-Rookie of the Year in 2014. After leading the nation in save percentage, shutouts and goals-against average,[2] Lyon was presented with the Ken Dryden Award (given to the best goalie in the ECAC) his sophomore season,[3] while receiving First-Team AHCA/CCM All-America, First-Team All-ECAC, First-Team All-New England as well as First-Team All-Ivy League honors. He was also the winner of the J. Murray Murdoch Award as Yale's Most Valuable Player.[4]

Individual awards kept rolling in for Lyon after the 2015–16 season, as he repeated as Ken Dryden Award recipient[5] and also landed spots on the All-ECAC First Team, the All-Ivy League First Team[6] and the All-New England First Team for the second straight year.

Lyon opted to forgo his senior season at Yale and signed an entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL) on April 5, 2016.[7]

Lyon made his first NHL start February 1, 2018 in a 4–3 loss to the New Jersey Devils.[8] On February 18, 2018, Lyon recorded his first NHL win with the Flyers after replacing an injured Michal Neuvirth in the second period. Lyon saved 25 of 26 shots by the New York Rangers en route to a 7–4 victory.[9]

On May 9, 2018, in a playoff win over the Charlotte Checkers, Lyon saved 94 of 95 shots faced in a record-setting 146 minutes 48 seconds, making it the longest game in AHL history. The game went to the fifth overtime, with the Phantoms winning 2–1.[10]

On November 5, 2018, Lyon was recalled to Philadelphia following an injury to Neuvirth.[11] Lyon was again recalled to the Flyers on November 16.[12]

On January 15, 2020, the Flyers recalled Lyon to the NHL following an injury to Carter Hart.[13] On February 1, 2020, Lyon recorded his first NHL win since March 22, 2018.[14]

International play

Medal record
Representing  United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
2015 Czech Republic

Lyon won bronze with the US National Team at the 2015 World Championships in the Czech Republic,[15] seeing action in one game during the tournament.[16]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
2010–11 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 101060505.00.848
2011–12 Omaha Lancers USHL 4828153276212742.76.910 4132371303.30.910
2012–13 Omaha Lancers USHL 5026211289412812.65.916
2013–14 Yale Bulldogs ECAC 301411517647132.41.918
2014–15 Yale Bulldogs ECAC 26157415174151.62.938
2015–16 Yale Bulldogs ECAC 26184415894041.51.941
2016–17 Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 4727140271812442.74.912 201115402.07.882
2017–18 Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 27168215487102.75.913 11657582501.98.944
2017–18 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 114214802202.75.905
2018–19 Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 3919173232110612.74.916
2018–19 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 201071605.07.806
2019–20 Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 321114517637912.69.913
2019–20 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 3110135803.55.890
2020–21 Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 42101941103.40.874
2020–21 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 61313251803.33.893
NHL totals 22 6 7 2 1,011 54 0 3.21 .893

Awards and honors

Award Year
Ivy League Rookie of the Year 2013–14 [17]
All-Ivy League First Team Honorable Mention 2013–14 [17]
All-Ivy League First Team 2014–15 [18]
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 2014–15 [19]
All-Ivy League First Team 2015–16 [20]


  1. Frank, Fredrick (January 30, 2014). "MEN'S HOCKEY: Heart of a Lyon". Yale Daily News. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  2. "MEN'S HOCKEY: Alex Lyon '17, star goaltender, to depart for NHL". Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  3. "Lyon Wins Dryden Award – Yale Bulldogs". Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  4. "Alex Lyon – Yale Bulldogs". Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  5. "League Announces Postseason Awards – ECAC Hockey". Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  6. "Men's Ice Hockey All-Ivy, Postseason Awards Announced – Ivy League". Archived from the original on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  7. "Flyers agree to terms with goaltender Alex Lyon". Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  8. Boruk, John (February 2, 2018). "Alex Lyon's 1st NHL start has devilish finish". Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  9. Satriano, David (February 18, 2018). "Lyon, Giroux power Flyers past Rangers". New York. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  10. "Flyers prospect Lyon makes 94 saves in longest game in AHL history". May 10, 2018. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  11. "OTF: Lyon recalled; Neuvirth on IR".
  12. "OTF: Flyers recall Alex Lyon".
  13. "ROSTER UPDATE: Carter Hart out 2-3 weeks".
  14. "Meltzer's Player Profiles: Alex Lyon".
  15. "Team USA Takes Home The Bronze". Let's Go Hawks. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  16. "Teams – 2015 WM – International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF". Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  17. "Men's Ice Hockey All-Ivy – 2013–14". Ivy League. 2014-03-07. Archived from the original on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  18. "Men's Ice Hockey All-Ivy, Coach of the Year Announced". Ivy League. 2015-03-05. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-25.
  19. "League Announces Postseason Awards". ECAC Hockey. 2015-03-20. Retrieved 2015-03-25.
  20. "Men's Ice Hockey All-Ivy, Coach of the Year Announced". Ivy League. 2016-03-03. Archived from the original on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2016-03-03.