Philadelphia Flyers: Power Ranking Each of the Flyers' Hall of Famers
The Philadelphia Flyers have a long rich history dating back to the franchise's inception in 1967. It is because of that tradition that the club has a number of players, coaches, and other members of the organization in the Hall of Fame.
Players and faces of the franchise like Bobby Clarke and Ed Snider are members, with many more to come. Who will be the next member of the Flyers organization inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame? Hextall? Leclair? Brind'amour?
Currently, there are 13 members in the Hall of Fame who have ties with the Philadelphia Flyers. Here they are ranked from 12th to first.
12. Allan Stanley (1968-1969)
Allan Stanley was Chris Pronger 40 years ago. Stanley was a strong stay at home defenseman who used his size and strength to become of the best defensive players in the league .
What Stanley is most remembered for is his part in Toronto's four Stanley Cups in the 1960s.
Only playing one season for the Flyers, it is hard to put him any higher on the list.
11. Paul Coffey (1996-1998)
Paul Coffey was definitely past his prime by the time he suited up for the orange and black.
However, in two seasons with the club, he was instrumental in getting the Flyers to the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals, only to lose to Detroit, his former team.
Coffey was an All-Star in his final season with the team and is highly regarded as one of the best defensemen ever to play the game.
10. Bud Poile (1967-1969)
After Ed Snyder founded the franchise in 1967, his first order of business would be to build the best team possible.
To do that, he hired Bud Poile as the club's first General Manager. The picture above is the 1974 team that won the franchise's first ever Stanley Cup for the team. Poile was very instrumental in creating and piecing together the puzzle.
Players like Bernie Parent, Ed Van Impe, Lou Angotti and Gary Dornhoefer were selections by Poile in the 1967 Expansion Draft.
9: Darryl Sittler (1981-1984)
Darryl Sittler had three great seasons for the Flyers after he was finally traded to the club after a standoff with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
He was so instrumental to the team that GM Bobby Clarke was ready to name him captain of the club. However, he was traded the day it was to be announced which left a sour taste in Sittler's mouth for Clarke and the Flyers.
8. Dale Hawercuk (1995-1997)
Dale Hawercuk played only 67 games as a Flyers in the last two seasons of his NHL career before retiring in 1997.
However, like Paul Coffey, Hawerchuk was definitely instrumental in getting the Flyers to the finals in 1997.
He ended his career with his fifth All-Star selection.
7. Keith Allen (1967-1983)
Keith Allen was brought in to be the first ever coach for the expansion Flyers in their inaugural 1967 season. Allen led the club to the top of their division in just the first year.
He was later more instrumental when he became the GM in 1969. Allen was the mastermind behind the "Broad Street Bullies." He put that team together and was with the franchise throughout the '70s.
6. Roger Neilson (1997-2000)
Roger Neilson was a beloved figure in the NHL. When he became the Flyers' head coach in 1997, that sentiment now spread throughout Philadelphia.
Neilson was a man who changed how to coach the game of hockey, finding loopholes in the rules and by coming up with new strategies to beat opponents, like watching game film to prepare for upcoming games.
Neilson unfortunately had a run-in with cancer during the 2000 season and could not coach the team in the playoffs. Skin cancer ultimately got the best of Neilson as he passed away in 2003.
He will always be remembered for his coaching philosophy and legacy in the new age of hockey.
5. Gene Hart (1967-1995)
Gene Hart was the Flyers public address announcer from day one. He was the Harry Kalas of the Philadelphia Flyers.
He called over 2,000 games, including the club's two Stanley Cup championships. The Hart family legacy still lives on in the organization. Gene's daughter, Lauren, performs the star spangled banner along with Kate Smith for big games at the Wells Fargo Center.
4. Mark Howe (1982-1992)
He was not as good as his father, but Mark Howe turned out that he too deserved to be a Hall of Fame player.
During his tenure with the Flyers, he was consistently in the running for the Norris Trophy, given out to the league's best defensemen.
Howe is the franchise leader for points by a defenseman.
3. Bill Barber (1972-1984, 2000-2002)
Bill Barber was a star from the moment he came into the league. He almost won the Rookie of the Year in his first season in 1972. He only got better with age by scoring at least 20 goals in every season in his career.
Barber was one of the leading scorers for the Flyers in their two Stanley Cup runs. He was one of the best all-around players in the league.
2. Bernie Parent (1967-1971, 1973-1979)
Bernie Parent is arguably one of the best goalies in NHL history. He had a career 2.55 GAA and led the Flyers, in particular, to their two Stanley Cups.
He was a five time All-Star and two time Venzina Award winner. His 232 wins as a Flyer puts him second just behind Ron Hextall (240).
1A. Bobby Clarke (1969-1990, 1992-2007)
No one player has contributed and meant more to the Philadelphia Flyers organization than Bobby Clarke has.
Clarke was the leader of the "Broad Street Bullies" and led the club to back to back Stanley Cups, the only two in team history.
Clarke is the franchise's all-time leader in points with 1,210.
1B. Ed Snider (1967-Present)
It was hard to pick the best Hall of Famer in this organization. Bobby Clarke did so much on the ice, winning two Stanley Cups and then becoming the GM who made several runs deep into the playoffs.
But, if I had to choose between the two, I'd give the honor to the guy who started it all. Ed Snider was a pioneer in Philadelphia sports. He first was a part owner of the Philadelphia Eagles. He then owned the expansion Flyers and later bought the 76ers franchise.
Snider has done more for the city of Philadelphia than anyone else arguably.
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