Philadelphia Flyers

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Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers logo
founding 5th June 1967
history Philadelphia Flyers
since 1967
Stadion Wells Fargo Center
Location United StatesUnited States Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Team colors Orange, black, white
league National Hockey League
Conference Eastern Conference
division Metropolitan Division
Head coach CanadaCanada Alain Vigneault
Team captain CanadaCanada Claude Giroux
General manager CanadaCanada Chuck Fletcher
owner Comcast Spectacor
Cooperations Lehigh Valley Phantoms ( AHL )
Reading Royals ( ECHL )
Stanley Cups 1974 , 1975
Conference title 1974/75 , 1975/76 , 1976/77 ,
1979/80 , 1985 , 1987 ,
1997 , 2010
Division title 1967/68 , 1973/74 , 1974/75 ,
1975/76 , 1976/77 , 1979/80 ,
1982/83 , 1984/85 , 1985/86 ,
1986/87 , 1994/95 , 1995/96 ,
1999 / 00 , 2001/02 , 2003/04 ,

The Philadelphia Flyers ( IPA : [ˌfɪləˈdɛlfiə flaɪɚs] ) is a professional American ice hockey franchise from the National Hockey League (NHL). The franchise was founded on June 5, 1967 in Philadelphia in the US state of Pennsylvania and began playing at the beginning of the 1967/68 season . The team colors are orange, black and white.

The Flyers play their home games at the Wells Fargo Center and emerged from the league's major expansion prior to the 1967/68 season when the attendance was increased from six to twelve. After quickly establishing themselves in the league, the team won the prestigious Stanley Cup twice in the mid-1970s . During this time the nickname "Broad Street Bullies" was coined due to the tough playing style of the team . Despite several finals and good results in the following years, the Flyers could not repeat the title wins of the early years.


Foundation (1965–1967)

Edward Malcolm Snider (1933-2016), co-founder of the Philadelphia Flyers

By 1967 the NHL consisted of only six franchises , the so-called " Original Six ". In order to conclude a nationwide television contract in the United States and to curb the increasing competition from the Western Hockey League , the responsible NHL officials decided on March 11, 1965 to expand the league by six additional franchises with the start of the 1967/68 season. Interested parties had to apply to the NHL Board of Governors for a license by means of a presentation.

Since attending an NHL game between the New York Rangers and the Montréal Canadiens in Madison Square Garden in the early 1960s, the American entrepreneur Edward Malcolm Snider was convinced of the high potential for popularity of ice hockey, which at that time was still very little widespread in the United States. That is why Snider, who was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Washington Redskins in 1964 and is already an experienced sports official and co-owner of a professional sports club, decided to apply for a license to set up a new NHL franchise in Philadelphia. To finance his project, Snider formed a team of investors in 1965 together with the then owner of the Philadelphia Eagles Jerry Wolman, the investment banker William Putnam and his brother-in-law Jerome Schiff , who worked as a building contractor.

Wolman and Putnam presented Snider's plans to the NHL League Expansion Committee ( NHL Expansion Committee ) on February 8, 1966 at the St. Regis Hotel in New York , which included the construction of a modern ice hockey stadium with a capacity of at least 15,000 seats. In addition, Wolman and Putnam presented a feasibility study that emphasized the high audience potential of the greater Philadelphia area. The next day, Putnam received a telephone call from the Chairman of the NHL League Expansion Committee, William M. Jennings. On the same day, Snider and Mayor James Hugh Joseph Tate announced the impending establishment of an NHL franchise and the construction of a new ice hockey stadium in the city at a press conference at Philadelphia City Hall. On the same occasion, Snider presented the future team colors black, white and orange as well as the club emblem, which has not changed to this day, to the public. Shortly afterwards, Snider hired 42-year-old Canadian Norman Robert Poile as general manager . The 43-year-old Canadian Keith Allen took over as coach . An office was also opened in the Life of Pennsylvania Building in the city center. In the context of a public competition held in July 1966, the jury decided on the proposal of nine-year-old Alec Stockard to name the new NHL franchise "Philadelphia Flyers".

In the spring of 1967, Snider's founding project encountered serious problems for the first time when raising the license fee of two million US dollars required by the NHL. The plan was to divide the share ownership and thus the financial risk among Putnam (25 percent), Wolman, Schiff, Snider (22 percent each) and numerous small shareholders (9 percent). However, when Wolman, who was in financial distress, left the investing team at the end of May, Snider had to go into debt and sell the broadcasting rights for the first three seasons to the Kaiser Broadcasting Corporation for $ 375,000 in order to purchase Wolman's share package and its intended stake of one million US dollars in the license fee. The simultaneous acquisition of a 16 percent stake from Schiff's share package made Snider the majority shareholder with a total of 60 percent. On top of that, Snider succeeded in gaining another financially strong entrepreneur as a major shareholder with a stake of 15 percent, which also comprised the remaining 6 percent of Schiff's shares, for the project instead of the small shareholders with the beverage wholesaler Joe Scott. With Scott's involvement, the creditworthiness and liquidity of the owner group, which now consists of Snider, Putnam and Scott, improved significantly.

Snider transferred the required two million US dollars by telegram on June 5, 1967, a few hours before the expiry of the payment deadline, after a power failure lasting several hours on the east coast almost brought the whole project to failure. This day is considered the founding date of the Philadelphia Flyers.

The early years and Stanley Cup victories (1967-1976)

The Flyers, along with the Pittsburgh Penguins , St. Louis Blues , Los Angeles Kings , California Seals and the Minnesota North Stars, were part of the 1967 NHL league expansion that ended the 1942 era of the "Original Six" . However, most of the good players stayed with these six veteran teams, and the new teams had a hard time. That changed for the Flyers when Bobby Clarke was drafted in 1969 . A physical team was formed around him, soon to be nicknamed Broad Street Bullies (named after the home game hall located on Broad Street). With this team, the Flyers won the Stanley Cup twice in a row in 1974 and 1975, becoming the first team from the 1967 expansion to win a championship.

Another outstanding sporting achievement is the performance of goalkeeper Bernie Parent , who scored 47 wins in 73 games in the 1973/74 season and thus set a record that was only possible thanks to an extended season and the introduction of overtime games in 2006 by Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo could each be outbid. In comparison, Parent still had a lower goal against goal and a better catch rate . Parent received the Vezina Trophy as best goalkeeper of the season and the Conn Smythe Trophy as best player in the playoffs in both championship seasons .

In the year following the second title, the Soviet national team came to visit America and played friendly games against teams from the NHL. A game against the Flyers was scheduled for January 11, 1976, and by that date no NHL club had defeated the Sbornaja. However, the Russians were not prepared for the rough play of the Flyers and left the ice in the middle of the first period in protest after Ed Van Impe checked their top player Valeri Kharlamov so hard that he couldn't get up for over a minute. The Russians returned after a short time, but lost 1: 4. In the current season, the Flyers set club records for games won as well as scored points and qualified again for the final of the Stanley Cup, but lost against the Montreal Canadiens . Even so, striker Reggie Leach received the Conn Smythe Trophy. That same year, Bobby Clarke also received his third Hart Memorial Trophy for best player of the season. He had already received this in 1973 and 1975.

Unsuccessful participation in the Stanley Cup final and sporting setbacks (1976–1991)

The next few years looked rather bad as the bullie era came to an end. The dreaded enforcer Dave Schultz was transferred to the Los Angeles Kings and Parent complained of chronic back problems. He eventually had to retire from his career after suffering an eye injury when a bat hit him through the goalkeeper's mask. Coach Fred Shero , who led the team to both championship titles, was also replaced. The Flyers played again for the Stanley Cup in 1980, but lost against the then dominant New York Islanders , led by Mike Bossy . In the meantime, numerous new players such as Dave Poulin , Tim Kerr , Mark Howe and Rick Tocchet had come to the team, but the Flyers could not win the Cup in 1985 when they faced Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers . The 1985/86 season was overshadowed by the tragic death of star goalkeeper Pelle Lindbergh , who had a car accident one month after the start of the season. He had been awarded the Vezina Trophy just months earlier.

In 1987 the Flyers competed again against the Oilers with Gretzky and Mark Messier in the Stanley Cup final. The series went into the seventh game and despite the defeat, Philadelphia's goalkeeper Ron Hextall was voted the best player of the playoffs. 1990 began a longer misery for the Flyers when they did not qualify for the playoffs for the first time in 17 years. They hoped to change this by acquiring the highly regarded Eric Lindros of the Québec Nordiques in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft . The Nordiques received Ron Hextall, Mike Ricci , Steve Duchesne , Kerry Huffman , Chris Simon , the rights to Peter Forsberg , two first-round draft picks for 1993 and 1994 and $ 15 million in this swap . With this, the Nordiques acquired the fundamentals that helped them win the Stanley Cup after moving to Denver and renaming it the Colorado Avalanche .

First lockout and return to the Stanley Cup Finals (1991-2004)

Despite the arrival of Lindros, various trainer and management changes followed before the Flyers stabilized again under the new leadership of Bobby Clarke as General Manager and Terry Murray as trainer. Clarke acquired through a transfer in the 1994/95 season , which was shortened due to union disputes , including John LeClair and Éric Desjardins from the Montreal Canadiens and brought Ron Hextall back into the team. A new storm line was formed with Lindros, LeClair and Mikael Renberg . Because of the way they played physically, the series became known as the Legion of Doom . Lindros was voted best player of the season, but the Flyers lost the games for the Stanley Cup participation against the New Jersey Devils . In 1997 the Flyers played again for the Stanley Cup, but were beaten 0-4 by the Detroit Red Wings .

The late 1990s were marked for Philadelphia by internal disputes and a series of concussions that Lindros suffered. The Flyers remained a team to be reckoned with. The injury-prone Lindros was transferred to the New York Rangers in 2001. Despite continued playoff participation, the Flyers did not achieve great success. The best season after the turn of the millennium should be the 2003/04 season , in which Keith Primeau, with the help of players like Desjardins, Jeremy Roenick and Simon Gagné , should lead the Flyers into the seventh and decisive game of the Eastern Conference Finals, where they, however, the Tampa Bay Lightning documents . Primeau suffered multiple concussions during the playoffs and despite the stamina he had demonstrated, it marked the end of his career.

After the lockout (since 2005)

After the 2004/05 season , which was canceled due to disputes between the players' union and the league , it seemed to be going smoothly for the Flyers, but the fans were seriously disappointed when the club had its worst result in the NHL and in the 2006/07 anniversary season Club history posted. The team was branded by poor performance from the entire cadre, and the previous acts of General Manager Bob Clarke did not seem to offer any prospect of improvement. Some opinions have been expressed that Clarke simply underestimated the league decisions that came out of the canceled season and should favor a faster game. Clarke was fired at short notice and replaced by Paul Holmgren , who fired coach Ken Hitchcock as his first act . Holmgren began to overhaul the team. Young players like Jeff Carter and Mike Richards were already there, and additional transactions continued to build the team. Among other things, the young defender Braydon Coburn and goalkeeper Martin Biron were brought into the team. However, Holmgren showed the masterpiece in two swap deals with the Nashville Predators . At the trade deadline , injury-ridden Peter Forsberg was swapped for the young players Scottie Upshall and Ryan Parent as well as the Predators' first-round draft pick. After the season was over, the acquired draft pick was sent back to them for the rights to Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen , whose contracts had expired.

Despite the poor sporting season, the Flyers suffered a defeat when the lottery system gave the Chicago Blackhawks the first choice in the subsequent draft. However, the Flyers got the second choice and chose James van Riemsdyk . Holmgren made another big catch on the free agent market with the highly sought-after Daniel Brière . The Flyers were regained and were able to defeat the Washington Capitals, led by Alexander Ovetschkin , in the extension of the seventh game in the first round of the playoffs . After another victory over the Montreal Canadiens, they moved into the conference finals. There they failed, however, because of the Pittsburgh Penguins .

Compared to the previous year, the Flyers were reluctant to plan their squad in summer 2008 and made hardly any major changes. The 2008/09 season started with six straight defeats, but the results improved significantly by Christmas. The following mediocre performances in the following months of the regular season also dragged themselves into the playoffs. There the Flyers failed in the first round, again due to the Pittsburgh Penguins. In the 2009/10 season , the Flyers reached the final games of the Stanley Cup under the new coach Peter Laviolette , but lost in six games against the Chicago Blackhawks . The team had previously defeated the Boston Bruins in seven games in the second round , after the Flyers had already fallen into reserve with 3-0 wins after three encounters. It was only for the third time in NHL history that a team managed to win after such a series deficit.


The Spectrum, home of the Flyers from 1967 to 1996
The Wells Fargo Center (formerly Wachovia Center), the current venue

The Flyers have been playing their home games at the Wachovia Center , a 19,519-seat multifunctional arena, since 1996 . The hall was planned based on the old venue under the name The Spectrum II , at the opening it was called the CoreStates Center . The CoreStates Financial Corporation secured the naming rights for 21 years and paid 40 million US dollars for it. First Union Corporation took over CoreStates in 1998, and so the stadium was renamed First Union Center . Only five years later, First Union was also taken over, whereby it passed into the possession of Wachovia , who brought their name to the hall name. The naming rights were initially valid until 2017. The financial crisis of 2008 could lead to another renaming, as Wachovia got into financial difficulties and is traded as a takeover candidate. Since 2010 the arena has been called the Wells Fargo Center .

From 1967 to 1995 the club played in the Spectrum , which opened in 1966 and had a capacity of 15,569 for ice hockey events. The Spectrum was on Broad Street. In the 1970s, the physical activity of the Flyers was nicknamed "Broad Street Bullies" . When planning a new arena, those responsible made use of the good infrastructure of the Spectrum and the nearby John F. Kennedy Stadium and selected a construction site in the immediate vicinity. The Flyers have always shared the hall with the Philadelphia 76ers from the National Basketball Association and the Philadelphia Wings from the National Lacrosse League .


The Flyers have been decried as one of the grosser teams in the NHL since the early 1970s and are often said to employ intimidation tactics. The 1976 flyers were therefore z. B. in the Halloween episode The drive to hell the Simpsons committed by the devil as a jury ( season 5 ; OT : Treehouse of Horror IV ). The fans of the Flyers were also rated as the most feared audience in a poll of NHL players.

On March 5, 2004, in the game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators , both teams together set a new record for the most penalties in a game with a total of 419 penalty minutes (213 for the Flyers, 203 for the Senators). A mass brawl broke out in the last two minutes of the game. It took 90 minutes after the game for the officials to sort through all the penalties. After the last brawl, the Flyers had seven players and the Senators had six. The brawl went down in NHL history under the name Flyers / Senators Brawl .

On May 14, 2010, the Philadelphia Flyers succeeded in the semi-finals of the Eastern Conference after a 3-0 deficit a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins . After initially three defeats in a row, the Flyers were also able to win the semi-finals 4: 3. The Flyers were only the third team to win after falling 3-0 down in a playoff series. Before that, only the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1942 and the New York Islanders in 1975 had succeeded.

Achievements and honors

Sporting successes

The Flyers won the coveted championship trophy, the Stanley Cup , in 1973/74 and 1974/75 . Six times - in the 1975/76 , 1979/80 , 1984/85 1986/87, 1996/97 and 2009/10 seasons  - they reached the finals without success.

Individual awards

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy : Bobby Clark's award was the first trophy for a player in the Flyers. He received this because he madethe leap into the NHLdespite diabetes . Timm Kerr had had a year with injuries and illnesses when he scored 88 points the following year.

Conn Smythe Trophy : Most valuable player in the playoffs in both Stanley Cup wins of the Flyers was their goalkeeper Bernie Parent. Directed by Leach is still the only outfield player who won the trophy without being in the ranks of the later Stanley Cup winner. A goalkeeper succeeded four times, with Ron Hextall one of the Flyers also came here.

Frank J. Selke Trophy : The award for the best defensive attacker went to both Bobby Clarke and Dave Poulin.

Hart Memorial Trophy : In the heyday of the Flyers, Bobby Clarke was an NHL MVP three times. With Eric Lindros, the player who was thought to be the upcoming superstar of the NHL was awarded around 20 years later.

Jack Adams Award : Fred Shero coached the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cupagainst an Original Six team.

Lester B. Pearson Award : As with the Hart Memorial Trophy, it was reserved for Bobby Clarke and Eric Lindros to win this award.

Maurice Richard Trophy : This trophy has only been awarded since 1999. As early as 1976, Reggie Leach was the only NHL top scorer to date to come from the ranks of the Flyers.

NHL Plus / Minus Award : The trophy for the player with the best plus / minus value, an indicator of both offensive and defensive qualities, was first awarded in 1992. This value has been measured since 1968. In addition to the Flyers, only the Montreal Canadiens have four different players onthe winners list, with the Flyers just ahead of the game thanks to two-time winner John LeClair.

Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award : Prior to introducing this award in 2000, Bob Froese and Ron Hextall led this award.

Vezina Trophy : Pelle Lindbergh won this award in the year of his tragic death. Two years later, Ron Hextall at least managed to close the gap in terms of sport.

William M. Jennings Trophy : Twice it was the Flyers goalkeeping duo who allowed the fewest goals against in a season.

NHL All-Rookie Team : The Flyers have consistently produced some of the best newcomers. In 2000, Brian Boucher and Simon Gagné were even able to make two players in the selection.

NHL All-Star Game Nominations

Abbreviations: GP = games, G = goals, A = assists,
Pts = points

Surname from ... to GP G A. Pts
Bobby Clarke 1970-1988 8th 0 3 3
Eric Lindros 1994-2000 6th 3 2 5
Bill Barber 1975-1982 6th 2 1 3
John LeClair 1996-2000 5 3 2 5
Brian Propp 1980-1990 5 3 1 4th
Jimmy Watson 1975-1980 5 0 0 0
Bernie Parent 1969-1977 5 - - -

From the ranks of the Flyers there were 40 field players and six goalkeepers in the squad for an NHL All-Star Game . The field players came to 90 missions in which they scored 26 goals and 29 assists. The goalkeepers also bring in twelve missions. Four rookies of the Flyers were in the squad of the YoungStars Game, which was played from 2002 to 2009.

With eight appearances for the Flyers, Bobby Clarke is the player who can look back on the most appearances in the team's history. Mark Recchi and Rick Tocchet are the most successful players with six points each .

The first all-star game after the Flyers were accepted into the NHL took place in 1968 . With Léon Rochefort a player from the Flyers was in the squad. It was not until the All-Star Game in 1972 that Simon Nolet became the first Flyers player to score.

With Reggie Leach in 1980 a player of the Flyers became the most valuable player in the All-Star Game. From 1975 to 1978, Fred Shero coached an all-star team four times in a row. In 1981 Pat Quinn supervised the selection team, in 1986 and 1988 Mike Keenan was also allowed to be on the gang of one of the all-star teams. Ken Hitchcock was an assistant coach in 2003 and 2004.

At the 29th National Hockey League All-Star Game 1976, the Flyers hosted the event.

In addition to the All-Star Games, there were three other occasions where the NHL provided an All-Star team. At the 1972 Summit Series , Bobby Clarke from the Flyers was in the squad. At the Challenge Cup 1979 the Flyers were represented by Bill Barber and again Bobby Clarke. As in the first two series, at Rendez-vous '87 the Soviet national team was opponent of the NHL team that competed with Dave Poulin .

Franchise records

Selected player records of the franchise over the entire career as well as over individual seasons are listed below.


Surname number
Most games Bobby Clarke 1,144 (in 15 seasons)
Most consecutive games Rod Brind'Amour 484 (February 24, 1993 to April 18, 1999)
Most goals Bill Barber 420
Most templates Bobby Clarke 852
Most of the points Bobby Clarke 1,210 (358 goals + 852 assists)
Most penalty minutes Rick Tocchet 1,817
Most shutouts Bernie Parent 50


Surname number season
Most goals Reggie Leach 61 1975/76
Most templates Bobby Clarke 89 1974/75
Most of the points Mark Recchi 123 (53 goals + 70 assists) 1992/93
Most points as a rookie Mikael Renberg 82 (38 goals + 44 assists) 1993/94
Most points as a defender Mark Howe 82 (24 goals + 58 assists) 1985/86
Most penalty minutes Dave Schultz 472 1974/75
Most wins as a goalkeeper Bernie Parent 47 1973/74


Dave Hakstol, head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers from 2015 to 2018

Abbreviations: GC = games, W = wins, L = defeats, T = draws, OTL = defeats after
overtime , Pts = points, Pts% = point quota

Surname season Regular season Playoffs
GC W. L. T OTL Pts Win% GC W. L.
Keith Allen 1967 / 68–1968 / 69 150 51 67 32 - 134 .340 11 3 8th
Vic Stasiuk 1969 / 70-1970 / 71 154 45 68 41 - 131 .292 4th 0 4th
Fred Shero 1971 / 72–1977 / 78 554 308 151 95 - 711 .556 83 48 35
Bob McCammon 1978/79 50 22nd 17th 11 - 55 .440 - - -
Pat Quinn 1979 / 80-1980 / 81 262 141 73 48 - 330 .538 39 22nd 17th
Bob McCammon 1981 / 82-1983 / 84 168 97 51 20th - 269 .577 10 1 9
Mike Keenan 1984 / 85-1987 / 88 320 190 102 28 - 408 .594 57 32 25th
Paul Holmgren 1988 / 89–1991 / 92 * 264 107 126 31 - 245 .405 19th 10 9
Bill Dineen 1991/92 * -1992 / 93 140 60 60 20th - 140 .429 - - -
Terry Simpson 1993/94 84 35 39 10 - 80 .417 - - -
Terry Murray 1994 / 95-1996 / 97 212 118 64 30th - 266 .557 46 28 18th
Wayne Cashman 1997/98 * 61 32 20th 9 - 73 .525 - - -
Roger Neilson 1997/98 * –1999 / 00 * 185 92 57 33 3 220 .497 29 14th 15th
Craig Ramsay 1999/00 * –2000 / 01 * 28 12 12 4th 0 28 .429 - - -
Bill Barber 2000/01 * - 2001/02 136 73 40 17th 6th 169 .537 11 3 8th
Ken Hitchcock 2002 / 03–2006 / 07 * 254 131 73 28 22nd 312 .516 37 19th 18th
John Stevens 2006/07 * –2009 / 10 * 263 120 109 - 34 277 .527 23 11 12
Peter Laviolette 2009 / 10–2013 / 14 * 272 145 98 - 29 319 .586 45 23 22nd
Craig Berube 2013/14 * –2014 / 15 161 75 58 - 28 178 .553 7th 3 4th
Dave Hakstol 2015 / 16–2018 / 19 * 277 134 101 - 42 310 .560 12 4th 8th
Scott Gordon 2018/19 * 51 25th 22nd - 4th 54 .529 - - -
Alain Vigneault since 2019/20

* Change during the current season

General manager

Ron Hextall, General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers from 2014 to 2018
Surname season
Bud poile 1967 / 68–1969 / 70 *
Keith Allen 1969/70 * -1982 / 83
Bob McCammon 1983/84
Bobby Clarke 1984 / 85-1989 / 90
Russ Farwell 1990 / 91-1993 / 94
Bobby Clarke 1994 / 95–2006 / 07 *
Paul Holmgren 2006/07 * –2013 / 14
Ron Hextall 2014 / 15–2018 / 19 *
Chuck Fletcher since 2018/19 *

* Change during the current season


Squad for the 2019/20 season

As of December 22, 2019

No. Nat. player Item Date of birth in org. since place of birth
37 CanadaCanada Brian Elliott G 0April 9, 1985 2017 Newmarket , Ontario , Canada
79 CanadaCanada Carter Hart G August 13, 1998 2016 Sherwood Park , Alberta , Canada
61 United StatesUnited States Justin Brown D. February 10, 1987 2019 Vadnais Heights , Minnesota , USA
53 United StatesUnited States FranceFrance Shayne Gostisbehere D. April 20, 1993 2014 Pembroke Pines , Florida , USA
8th SwedenSweden Robert Hägg D. 0February 8, 1995 2014 Uppsala , Sweden
55 CanadaCanada Samuel Morin Injured.svg D. July 12, 1995 2013 Lac-Beauport , Quebec , Canada
5 CanadaCanada Philippe Myers D. January 25, 1997 2015 Moncton , New Brunswick , Canada
15th United StatesUnited States Matt Niskanen D. 0December 6, 1986 2019 Virginia , Minnesota , USA
9 RussiaRussia Ivan Provorov D. January 13, 1997 2015 Yaroslavl , Russia
6th CanadaCanada Travis Sanheim D. March 29, 1996 2014 Elkhorn , Manitoba , Canada
14th Flags of Canada and the United States.svg Sean CouturierA C. 07th December 1992 2011 Phoenix , Arizona , USA
49 United StatesUnited States Joel Farabee LW February 25, 2000 2019 Cicero , New York , USA
48 CanadaCanada Morgan Frost C. May 14, 1999 2019 Aurora , Ontario , Canada
28 CanadaCanada Claude GirouxC. C. January 12, 1988 2009 Hearst , Ontario , Canada
CanadaCanada Derek Grant C. April 20, 1990 2020 Abbotsford , British Columbia , Canada
13 United StatesUnited States Kevin HayesA RW 0May 8, 1992 2019 Dorchester , Massachusetts , USA
11 CanadaCanada Travis Konecny C. March 11, 1997 2016 London , Ontario , Canada
21st CanadaCanada Scott Laughton C. May 30, 1994 2012 Oakville , Ontario , Canada
23 SwedenSweden Oskar Lindblom Injured.svg LW August 15, 1996 2017 Gävle , Sweden
19th CanadaCanada Nolan Patrick Injured.svg C. September 19, 1998 2017 Winnipeg , Manitoba , Canada
18th United StatesUnited States Tyler Pitlick RW 0November 1, 1991 2019 Minneapolis , Minnesota , USA
12 AustriaAustria Michael Raffl LW 0December 1, 1988 2013 Villach , Austria
44 CanadaCanada Chris Stewart RW October 30, 1987 2019 Scarborough , Ontario , Canada
United StatesUnited States Nate Thompson C. 05th October 1984 2020 Anchorage , Alaska , USA
25th United StatesUnited States James van Riemsdyk LW 0May 4th 1989 2018 Middletown , New Jersey , USA
93 Czech RepublicCzech Republic Jakub VoráčekA. RW August 15, 1989 2011 Slaný , Czechoslovakia

Team captains

year Surname
1967-1968 Lou Angotti
1968-1972 Ed Van Impe
1972-1979 Bobby Clarke
1979-1980 Mel Bridgman
1980-1982 Bill Barber
1982-1984 Bobby Clarke
1984-1990 Dave Poulin
1990-1991 Ron Sutter
1991-1992 Rick Tocchet
1992-1993 no captain
year Surname
1993-1994 Kevin Dineen
1994-2000 Eric Lindros
2000-2002 Eric Desjardins
2002-2006 Keith Primeau
2006-2007 Peter Forsberg
2007-2008 Jason Smith
2008-2011 Mike Richards
2011-2013 Chris Pronger
since 2013 Claude Giroux

In the history of the Philadelphia Flyers, there have been 19 different players who have held the position of team captain. The front runner with around ten years in this role is Bobby Clarke , under whose aegis the Flyers also won their two Stanley Cup victories. Apart from Peter Forsberg , who is from Sweden, only Canadians have served as captains of the team. In the 1992/93 season, the office remained vacant for one year after the departure of the acting captain Rick Tocchet . Currently, the Canadian center Claude Giroux wears the "C" on his chest, which made his debut for the Flyers in 2008.

Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame

Surname Recording date position
Bill Barber 1990 player
Bobby Clarke 1987 player
Paul Coffey November 8, 2004 player
Dale Hawerchuk November 12, 2001 player
Mark Howe November 14, 2011 player
Eric Lindros November 14, 2016 player
Adam Oates 2012 player
Bernie Parent 1984 player
Chris Pronger 2015 player
Mark Recchi November 13, 2017 player
Fred Shero 2013 Trainer
Darryl Sittler 1989 player
Allan Stanley 1981 player

Blocked jersey numbers

Mark Howe at the lectern during his ceremony on March 6, 2012
No. Surname Blocking date
1 Bernie Parent October 11, 1979
2 Mark Howe March 6, 2012
4th Barry Ashbee 3rd April 1975
7th Bill Barber October 11, 1990
16 Bobby Clarke November 15, 1984
31 Per-Eric Lindbergh not official
88 Eric Lindros January 18, 2018
99 Wayne Gretzky February 6, 2000 (league-wide)

In the North American professional ice hockey league NHL, particularly deserving players are honored by not reassigning their jersey numbers after their careers have ended. Usually this honor takes place in the course of a solemn ceremony, which is usually held before a league game and during which the player is reminded of the achievements of the honored player. Finally, a symbolic banner in the club colors is drawn to the stadium ceiling, on which the jersey number and the name of the corresponding player are recorded. The banner remains there until the franchise expires, often for decades.

In its history, the Philadelphia Flyers have officially banned six jersey numbers so far. In addition, another one is unofficially no longer assigned and one number has been blocked throughout the league. For the first time, Barry Ashbee's jersey number 4 was officially blocked on April 3, 1975, a jersey number of the Philadelphia Flyers. Ashbee had to retire in 1974 after suffering a serious eye injury in the playoffs. Shortly afterwards, Ashbee also developed leukemia and died shortly afterwards.

Four years later, Bernie Parent, the goalkeeper who had led the team to the Stanley Cup twice, received the same honor. Bobby Clarke was the leading player of the team in the great years of the Flyers and also its captain. In the season in which he took over the position of General Manager at the Flyers, the team also took its number 16 out of the list. Bill Barber, who scored 420 goals for the Flyers in twelve years, was honored for his outstanding performance as a left winger.

Then the Philadelphia Flyers blocked the number 2 of Mark Howe on March 6, 2012 , who was active as a defense attorney for the franchise from 1982 to 1992. This is the first time an American has been given this honor. Most recently, Eric Lindros followed with his number 88. Unofficially, number 31 is blocked by Per-Eric Lindbergh , who died in a self-inflicted car accident in 1985 and had previously performed outstandingly in goal. No player has worn Lindbergh's shirt number since then. Furthermore, the famous shirt number 99 of the Canadian Wayne Gretzky will no longer be given to a player because it has been officially banned by the league since February 6, 2000.

Top 10 voting rights in the NHL Entry Draft

Surname year Draft position
Bob Currier 1969 6th
Larry Wright 1971 8th.
Pierre Plante 9.
Bill Barber 1972 7th
Mel Bridgman 1975 1.
Behn Wilson 1978 6th
Ken Linseman 7th
Ron Sutter 1982 4th
Surname year Draft position
Mike Ricci 1990 4th
Peter Forsberg 1991 6th
Ryan Sittler 1992 7th
Joni Pitkänen 2002 4th
James van Riemsdyk 2007 2.
Sean Couturier 2011 8th.
Ivan Provorov 2015 7th
Nolan Patrick 2017 2.

Players from the early draft years 1963 to 1968 are not listed here.

Franchise top point collector

The ten best points collectors in the history of the franchise by the end of the 2018/19 regular season and the 2019 playoffs .

Abbreviations: Pos = position, GP = games, G = goals, A = assists, Pts = points, P / G = points per game

Regular season

Surname Item season GP G A. Pts P / G
Bobby Clarke C. 1969 / 70-1983 / 84 1144 358 852 1210 1.05
Bill Barber LW 1972 / 73-1983 / 84 903 420 463 883 0.97
Brian Propp LW 1979 / 80-1989 / 90 790 369 480 849 1.07
Claude Giroux C. since 2007/08 820 236 526 762 0.93
Rick MacLeish C. 1970 / 71–1980 / 81
741 328 369 697 0.94
Eric Lindros C. 1992 / 93-2000 / 01 486 290 369 659 1.35
Tim Kerr RW 1980 / 81-1990 / 91 601 363 287 650 1.08
John LeClair LW 1994 / 95-2003 / 04 649 333 310 643 0.99
Mark Recchi RW 1991 / 92-1994 / 95 602 232 395 627 1.04
1998 / 99–2003 / 04
Rod Brind'Amour C. 1991 / 92-1999 / 00 633 235 366 601 0.94


Surname Item GP G A. Pts P / G
Bobby Clarke C. 136 42 77 119 0.87
Brian Propp LW 116 52 60 112 0.96
Bill Barber LW 129 53 55 108 0.83
Rick MacLeish C. 108 53 52 105 0.97
John LeClair LW 116 35 39 74 0.63
Daniel Brière RW 68 37 35 72 1.06
Tim Kerr RW 73 39 31 70 0.95
Reggie Leach RW 91 47 22nd 69 0.75
Claude Giroux C. 69 24 41 65 0.94
Rick Tocchet RW 95 27 33 60 0.63

Well-known former players

Web links

Commons : Philadelphia Flyers  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Rick Cole: 1967 NHL Expansion. In: June 14, 2018, accessed March 5, 2019 .
  2. Adam Kimelman: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Philadelphia Flyers History. Chicago: Triumph Books (2013), p. 1.
  3. Adam Kimelman: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Philadelphia Flyers History. Chicago: Triumph Books (2013), pp. 2ff.
  4. Adam Kimelman: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Philadelphia Flyers History. Chicago: Triumph Books (2013), p. 8.
  5. a b Adam Kimelman: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Philadelphia Flyers History. Chicago: Triumph Books (2013), p. 9.
  6. Christina Ledra: Flyers naming contest won by 9-year-old in 1966. In: October 21, 2016, accessed March 5, 2019 .
  7. Adam Kimelman: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Philadelphia Flyers History. Chicago: Triumph Books (2013), 11.
  8. Jay Greenberg: The Philadelphia Flyers at 50. The Story of the Iconic Hockey Club and Its Top 50 Heroes, Wins & Events. Chicago: Triumph Books (2016), p. 14.
  9. ^ Rich Westcott: A Century of Philadelphia Sports. Philadelphia: Temple University Press (2001), p. 226.
  10. Adam Kimelman: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Philadelphia Flyers History. Chicago: Triumph Books (2013), p. 11f.
  11. Jay Greenberg: The Philadelphia Flyers at 50. The Story of the Iconic Hockey Club and Its Top 50 Heroes, Wins & Events. Chicago: Triumph Books (2016), p. 5.
  12., NHL Arena Naming Rights ( Memento of November 7, 2010 in the Internet Archive )