Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Pieces of Trivia Every Fan Should Know
The Philadelphia Flyers had an interesting offseason by utilizing both amnesty clauses on Ilya Bryzgalov, 33, and Danny Briere (35), only to turn around and make lucrative offers to defenseman Mark Streit (35) and veteran forward Vincent Lecavalier (33).
Yet in an attempt to lighten the serious mood that comes from the business side of hockey, let's take some time to reflect on the Flyers' history and great players who've sported the Orange and Black sweaters throughout the years.
We know the team was founded in 1967 and has won a total of two Stanley Cup championships since their inception into the NHL. Here are five additional bits of trivia that every Philadelphia Flyers fan should know.
5. Retired Jerseys
The Philadelphia Flyers have had five retired numbers during the team's tenure in the league.
No. 1 - Bernie Parent
The Flyers' lone goalie to have his number retired, Bernie Parent totaled 262 wins in two stints with the team spanning 10 seasons. He also helped lead the team to their only two championships in back-to-back seasons. The crafty netminder was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.
No. 2 - Mark Howe
While playing 10 seasons with the Flyers, Mark Howe was a finalist for the Norris Trophy three times and led one of the best defensive units of the era. He also posted outstanding offensive stats during the 1985-86 season with 24 goals and 58 assists on the year. Howe was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2011.
No. 4 - Barry Ashbee
Barry Ashbee was one of the best defenders for the Flyers and also one of the most loved by fans. He only played four seasons with the team before his NHL career was cut short due to an eye injury against the New York Rangers in the 1974-75 season. Ashbee would help coach Philadelphia to another championship one year later. And at 37, he lost a battle to leukemia and passed away as one of the greats to wear the Orange and Black.
No. 7 - Bill Barber
Bill Barber played all 12 NHL seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers. He averaged 35 goals and 38 assists each season on a consistent basis. The versatile forward was a key factor in Philly's two Stanley Cup victories. Barber was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1990.
No. 16 - Bobby Clarke
Bobby Clarke was the best Philadelphia Flyers player of all time. He is the team's all-time leader in assists (852), games played (1,144), points (1,210), plus/minus (+506) and short-handed goals (32). He was a first-ballot inductee to the Hall of Fame in 1987.
4. No. 31
Pelle Lindbergh was a star from his rise in Sweden during the 1980 Olympics as a young goalie to his impressive but short career with the Flyers.
He was drafted by Philadelphia in the 1979 NHL draft and played his first game for the team in 1982. Soon after, Lindbergh would be named goalie for the All-Rookie Team in 1983 and win the Vezina Trophy during the 1984-85 season. That year, he totaled 40 wins to lead the NHL and was well on his way to a promising career.
Unfortunately, the Flyers' star goalie was never able to reach his full potential as a player. Lindbergh crashed his Porsche eight games into the 1985-86 season and suffered brain damage immediately. He would later pass away, leaving fans shocked and heartbroken.
The Flyers never officially retired his jersey number, but no other player has worn No. 31 since Lindbergh's death.
3. Goalie Shuffle
Since Ron Hextall's retirement in 1999, the Philadelphia Flyers have used 18 different goalies in net through last season—a number that might increase next year.
Hextall played with the Flyers from 1986-92 and then again from 1994-99. He was one of the most consistent goalies to play for the team, and Philadelphia is still searching for his replacement.
Who is the netminder with the most games played during the stretch from 2000-present, you ask? The answer is Brian Boucher, with 174 games played in six seasons with the team.
Now, Ilya Bryzgalov was supposed to be the next big goalie for the team, but he only lasted two seasons in Philly, playing in 99 games.
2. Most Hat Tricks
The Philadelphia Flyers have their share of players who have scored multiple hat tricks in their careers, but Tim Kerr leads the team with 20 three-goal games, including playoffs.
Kerr played 11 seasons with the team from 1981-91 and compiled 363 goals. During the 1984-85 season, he managed to achieve six hat tricks, including one in the playoffs. His last game scoring three goals came during the 1989 playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Flyers won 4-2.
Kerr was a dominating forward and one of the Flyers' great players. Not bad for an undrafted free agent.
1. Single Season Points Leader
Bobby Clarke totaled over 100 points in three seasons with the Flyers, but he is not the single-season record holder for most points scored.
That honor belongs to Mark Recchi.
During the 1992-93 season, Recchi totaled 123 points with 53 goals and 70 assists. Despite his banner season, the Flyers were still unable to make the playoffs, finishing fifth in the Patrick Division and ninth in the Prince of Wales conference.
The closest active Flyer to give Recchi a run for the record has been Claude Giroux, who managed 93 total points during the 2011-12 season.