And on this day we saw plenty of that personality come out in the form of the ultra competitive nature of the goaltender.
Back in 1989 Hextall provided one of the more bizarre moments in Stanley Cup playoff history when he fought Chris Chelios late in game six of the Wales Conference Finals With the Flyers minutes away from being eliminated by the Canadiens.
After missing time due to injury earlier in the playoffs Hextall returned to less-than-stellar numbers against Montreal as well as the brick wall that was Patrick Roy at the other end, and was waiting to take out his frustrations on just about anyone.
And along came Chelios over the line and Hextall had his man, one who was a thorn in the side of the Flyers all series long.
In a happier Hextall memory from today, he manned the pipes back in 1997 as the Flyers eliminated the Sabres in game five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on the road with a 21 save performance as Terry Murray turned to the veteran after a couple subpar outings from Garth Snow.
Murray would then ride Hextall to a series win over the Rangers in the next round to earn their seventh trip to the finals in franchise history. The magic of Hextall wore off in the finals against the Red Wings, who easily swept the Flyers in short fashion with goaltending being a major disappointment between Hextall and Snow.
Also on May 11th in franchise history...defenseman Mike Rathje was born...and his orange 3D Flyers jersey can still be found in the upper levels of the Wells Fargo Center from time to time...