Top 10 Wingers in Philadelphia Flyers History
The Flyers have a rich hockey tradition. Since their formation in 1967 they have had numerous Hall of Famers, star players, incredible plays, and Stanley Cups.
They have had NHL legends play for them from the likes of Bobby Clarke and Bernie Parent to Peter Forsberg and Mark Recchi.
I will be counting down the 10 best wingers in Philadelphia Flyers history.
10. Rick Tocchet
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Rick Tocchet came to the Flyers in 1984 as an NHL rookie. He would go on to become a fan favorite for his aggressiveness and physical play.
Tocchet was known throughtout his career for his fighting skills rather than goal scoring abilities.
He played in 11 seasons with the Flyers and made four all star teams in his career.
He joined an elite club of players to have at least 400 goals and 2000 penalty minutes. The group includes players like Brendan Shanahan, and Gary Roberts.
9. Gary Dornhoefer
Gary Dornhoefer with the Cup
Gary Dornhoefer came to the Flyers in 1967 and would go on to play for the next 11 seasons before he retired after the 1978 season.
Dornhoefer was an intrical role player for the Broad Street Bullies Stanley Cup teams in 1974, and 1975. In those two seasons he had 115 points including the playoffs.
His most memorable moment as a Flyer came in the 1973-1974 playoffs when had an overtime game winning goal against the Minnesota North Stars. The goal is depicted in a statue that rests in Philadelphia.
He finished his career with 214 goals and 328 assists and 1291 penalty minutes.
Dornhoefer Still ranks in the top 10 in franchise career scoring.
8. Dave Schultz
Dave Schultz earned the nickname "The Hammer" for his extreme aggressiveness and world class fighting skills.
Revered as one the most skilled and feared fighters in NHL history.
Contributed a 20 goal season in the 1973-1974 Stanley Cup run.
Was inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame in 2009.
The NHL passed the "Schultz Rule" which said players could not wear boxing wraps on their hands underneath their hockey gloves. Schultz was famous for wearing these wraps to help him in brawls on the ice.
7. Brian Propp
Brian Propps Game tying goal in the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals
Propp came into the Flyers organization as a rookie. That year he had the privilege to play with Bobby Clarke and Reggie Leach as they neared the end of their careers.
In 10 seasons with the Flyers he had at least 65 points every season. He was the most skilled offensive player for the Flyers during his tenure.
Propp made 7 all star teams and holds Flyers team records for short handed goals with 7 and game winning goals with 55.
Propp also holds the record for most points in the playoffs by a left winger with 148 points (64 goals, 84 assists).
6. Mark Recchi
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Recchi signed with the Flyers in 1991 with his first stint with the team. Then he came back in 1998 for another go around in the orange and black.
His best season came in 1992-1993 as a member of the Crazy Eights line. He tallied 123 points with 53 goals and 70 assists. That total was good enough to pass Bobby Clarke for the franchise record of most points in a single season.
He has been named to 7 all star teams, and he has won 3 Stanley Cups with three different teams. His most recent came last season when he was a member of the Boston Bruins.
After this past Stanley Cup run, Recchi decided to hang up the skates and ended a 22 year career where he spent time with 7 NHL teams.
5. Simon Gagne
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Gagne bolstered his spot in the Flyers lineup for years to come with a superb rookie season. He scored 59 points in 67 games (27 goals, 32 assists).
After the lockout he was paired up with Mike Knuble, and Peter Forsberg to form the Deuces Wild Line. He had his best season as a professional with 79 points in 72 games (49 goals, 30 assists).
He finished his Flyer career with a strong playoff run in 2010 with 12 points in 19 games. He help lead the team with timely scoring and contributed heavily to a Stanley Cup Finals berth.
Gagne was named to 2 all star teams and was named to the NHL All Rookie Team in 2000.
He received the Bobby Clarke award for Flyers MVP twice, and also received the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Award in 2001 for most improved Flyer.
Played the 2011 season with the Tampa Bay Lightning and helped them reach the Eastern Conference Finals.
Was most recently singed by the L.A. Kings where he will be reunited with former teammate Mike Richards.
4. Reggie Leach
Reggie Leach was nicknamed the "Riverton Rifle" and "The Chief".
the Flyers acquired Leach from the Oakland Golden Seals in the spring of 1974.
His best season came in the 1974-1975 season when he netted 61 goals, and had 30 assists. That year he boasted a statistic of 11 game wining goals.
A member of the infamous LCB line featuring Hall of Famers Bill Barber, and Bobby Clarke.
Won the Con Smythe award and was the leading goal scorer in the league for 1976.
Leach played in 8 seasons with the Flyers, and was named to 2 all star teams. He was inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame in 1992.
3. John LeClair
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John LeClair was one of the best scoring power forwards in Flyers history.
He teamed up with Eric Lindros, and Mikael Renberg to form the "Legion of Doom" line.
LeClair was the first American born NHL player to have three consecutive 50 goal seasons.
He played for 10 seasons and netted 333 goals and an additional 35 in the playoffs.
He was named to 5 all star teams. He was named to 1st team NHL in the 1995, and 1998 seasons. Also named to 2nd Team NHL in 1996, 1997,and 1999 season.
LeClair retired in 2007 as a member of the Penguins.
2. Tim Kerr
Tim Kerr was signed by the Flyers as an undrafted Free Agent in 1980.
Kerr went on to have four consecutive 50 goal seasons in Philadelphia.
He was an absolute terror for defenses on the power play. Kerr set the single season record for power play goals with 34 in the 1985-1986 season.
He was a 3 time all star, and was named 2nd Team NHL in 1987. He also received the Bill Masterson Award in 1989 for the player who shows the most perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to the game of hockey.
Holds or shares three NHL records and one Flyers record.
He holds the single season record for the most power play goals with 34 in 1985-1986.
Shares the NHL playoff record for most goals in a period with four on April 13th, 1985.
Also holds the playoff record for most power play goals in a period with three on April 13th, 1985.
Kerr also holds the Flyers record for most 50 goal seasons with four.
1. Bill Barber
Barber was acquired by the Flyers in the 1972 draft where he was selected 7th overall.
As a rookie he exploded with 67 points with 33 goals and 34 assists.
He scored at least 20 goals in every year of his career 12 year career.
Barber's best season came in 1975 when he netted 50 goals and tallied 62 assists. He was line mates with Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke, and Reggie Leach.
He was forced to retire after he had reconstructive knee surgery in the spring of 1984.
His number 7 jersey was retired by the Flyers after he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Barber is the Flyers regular season career scoring leader with 420 goals.
Barber went on to a successful coaching career. He was named the head coach of the Flyers in 2000 and coached the team for two years. He was the recipient of the Jack Adams award in 2001.