1972–73 Philadelphia Flyers season

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1972–73 Philadelphia Flyers
Division 2nd West
1972–73 record 37–30–11
Home record 27–8–4
Road record 10–22–7
Goals for 296 (4th)
Goals against 256 (11th)
Team information
General Manager Keith Allen
Coach Fred Shero
Captain Ed Van Impe
(to Jan 17)
Bobby Clarke
(from Jan 17)
Alternate captains Bill Clement
Joe Watson
Arena Spectrum
Average attendance 16,063[1]
Minor league affiliations Richmond Robins (AHL)[2]
San Diego Gulls (WHL)[3]
Jersey Devils (EHL)[3]
Team leaders
Goals Rick MacLeish (50)
Assists Bobby Clarke (67)
Points Bobby Clarke (104)
Penalties in minutes Dave Schultz (259)
Plus/minus Bobby Clarke (+32)
Wins Doug Favell (20)
Goals against average Doug Favell (2.83)
<1971–72 1973–74>

The 1972–73 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' sixth season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers earned the nickname "Broad Street Bullies" en route to their first winning season and first playoff series victory, beating the Minnesota North Stars, before losing in the semifinals to the Montreal Canadiens.

Regular season[edit]

It was during the 1972–73 season that the Flyers shed the mediocre expansion team label and became the intimidating "Broad Street Bullies", a nickname coined by Jack Chevalier and Pete Cafone of the Philadelphia Bulletin on January 3, 1973[4] after a 3 to 1 brawling victory over the Atlanta Flames that led Chevalier to write in his game account, "The image of the fightin' Flyers spreading gradually around the NHL, and people are dreaming up wild nicknames. They're the Mean Machine, the Bullies of Broad Street and Freddy's Philistines." Cafone wrote the accompanying headline, "Broad Street Bullies Muscle Atlanta".[5]

That same month, Bobby Clarke was the youngest player (at that time) in NHL history to be named team captain, replacing Ed Van Impe. Rick MacLeish became the first Flyer to score 50 goals in a season and the Flyers recorded their first winning season.

After the season, Clarke was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player.

Season standings[edit]

West Division[6]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Chicago Black Hawks 78 42 27 9 284 225 +59 93
2 Philadelphia Flyers 78 37 30 11 296 256 +40 85
3 Minnesota North Stars 78 37 30 11 254 230 +24 85
4 St. Louis Blues 78 32 34 12 233 251 -18 −18 76
5 Pittsburgh Penguins 78 32 37 9 257 265 -8 −8 73
6 Los Angeles Kings 78 31 36 11 232 245 -13 −13 73
7 Atlanta Flames 78 25 38 15 191 239 -106 −106 65
8 California Golden Seals 78 16 46 16 213 323 -177 −177 48


Playoffs[edit]

An overtime goal by Gary Dornhoefer in Game 5 turned the tide of their first round series with the Minnesota North Stars in the Flyers' favor, as the Flyers got their first playoff series win in six games. The goal was later immortalized as a bronze statue on the south side of the Spectrum. They were outmatched in the semifinals by the Montreal Canadiens, however, losing in five games.

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

1972–73 regular season

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Tie (1 point)

Playoffs[edit]

1973 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

  • Position abbreviations: C = Center; D = Defense; G = Goaltender; LW = Left Wing; RW = Right Wing
  • dagger = Joined team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, signing) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
  • double-dagger = Left team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, release) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
# Player Age Pos GP G A Pts +/- PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Regular season Playoffs
16 Clarke, BobbyBobby Clarke 23 C 78 37 67 104 32 80 11 2 6 8 6
19 MacLeish, RickRick MacLeish 23 C 78 50 50 100 15 69 10 3 4 7 2
12, 24 Dornhoefer, GaryGary Dornhoefer 29 RW 77 30 49 79 17 168 11 3 3 6 16
21 Flett, BillBill Flett 29 RW 69 43 31 74 31 53 11 3 4 7 0
7 Barber, BillBill Barber 20 LW 69 30 34 64 10 46 11 3 2 5 22
18 Lonsberry, RossRoss Lonsberry 25 LW 77 21 29 50 6 59 11 4 3 7 9
23 Bladon, TomTom Bladon 20 D 78 11 31 42 9 26 11 0 4 4 2
17, 22 Nolet, SimonSimon Nolet 31 RW 70 16 20 36 -3 6 11 3 1 4 4
10 Clement, BillBill Clement 22 C 73 14 14 28 -11 51 2 0 0 0 0
14 Watson, JoeJoe Watson 29 D 63 2 24 26 30 46 11 0 2 2 12
28 Dupont, AndreAndre Dupontdagger 23 D 46 3 20 23 8 164 11 1 2 3 29
11 Saleski, DonDon Saleski 23 RW 78 12 9 21 -20 205 11 1 2 3 4
9 Kelly, BobBob Kelly 22 LW 77 10 11 21 1 238 11 0 1 1 8
8 Schultz, DaveDave Schultz 23 LW 76 9 12 21 4 259 11 1 0 1 51
4 Ashbee, BarryBarry Ashbee 33 D 64 1 17 18 -2 106 11 0 4 4 20
5 Hughes, BrentBrent Hughesdouble-dagger 29 D 29 2 11 13 -8 32
25 Potvin, JeanJean Potvindouble-dagger 23 D 35 3 9 12 -1 10
2 Van Impe, EdEd Van Impe 32 D 72 1 11 12 22 76 11 0 0 0 16
6 Hillman, WayneWayne Hillman 34 D 74 0 10 10 16 33 8 0 0 0 0
29 Crisp, TerryTerry Crispdagger 29 C 12 1 5 6 4 2 11 3 2 5 2
20 Plante, PierrePierre Plantedouble-dagger 21 RW 2 0 3 3 3 0
1 Favell, DougDoug Favell 27 G 44 0 2 2 N/A 4 11 0 0 0 2
30, 35 Belhumeur, MichelMichel Belhumeur 23 G 23 0 1 1 N/A 0 1 0 0 0 0
30 Taylor, BobbyBobby Taylor 28 G 23 0 1 1 N/A 0
15, 20 Wright, LarryLarry Wright 21 C 9 0 1 1 -3 4
3 Brossart, WillieWillie Brossart 23 D 4 0 1 1 -5 0
20 Watson, JimmyJimmy Watson 20 D 4 0 1 1 -1 5 2 0 0 0 0
26 Kindrachuk, OrestOrest Kindrachuk 22 C 2 0 0 0 0 0

Goaltenders[edit]

# Player Age GP W L T SO GA SV% GAA MIN GP W L SO GA SV% GAA MIN
Regular season Playoffs
1 Favell, DougDoug Favell 27 44 20 15 4 3 114 .913 2.83 2419 11 5 6 1 29 .920 2.60 669
30, 35 Belhumeur, MichelMichel Belhumeur 23 23 9 7 3 0 60 .903 3.22 1117 1 0 0 0 1 .889 6.00 10
30 Taylor, BobbyBobby Taylor 28 23 8 8 4 0 78 .888 4.09 1144

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

League awards and honors
Award or honor Recipient
All-Star Game representative Bobby Clarke
Gary Dornhoefer
Hart Memorial Trophy Bobby Clarke
NHL Second All-Star Team Bobby Clarke (C)

Records[edit]

  •    *  NHL record
  •   **  Tied for NHL record
Individual regular season single game records
Record Player Total Date and opponent
Most goals scored Rick MacLeish 4 February 13, 1973 vs. New York Islanders
March 4, 1973 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
(tied 14 times by eight different players)
Individual post season single game records
Record Player Total Date and opponent
Most assist, one period Barry Ashbee 3** April 5, 1973 vs. Minnesota North Stars
(tied five times by five different players)
Team regular season single game records
Record Total Date and opponent
Most goals, one period 8 March 31, 1973 vs. New York Islanders
Team regular season streaks records
Record Games Dates
Longest road losing streak 8 October 25, 1972 through November 26, 1972
(tied March 3, 1988 through March 29, 1988)

Transactions[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from May 12, 1972, the day after the deciding game of the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals, through May 10, 1973, the day of the deciding game of the 1973 Stanley Cup Finals.[7]

Trades[edit]

Date
Details
June 8, 1972 To Philadelphia Flyers
cash
To Minnesota North Stars
10th-round pick in 1972
August 3, 1972 To Philadelphia Flyers
John McKenzie
To Boston Bruins
cash
December 14, 1972 To Philadelphia Flyers
Andre Dupont
3rd-round pick in 1973
To St. Louis Blues
Brent Hughes
Pierre Plante
March 5, 1973 To Philadelphia Flyers
Terry Crisp
To New York Islanders
Jean Potvin
player to be named later[a]
May 1, 1973 To Philadelphia Flyers
Jim Stanfield
To Portland Buckaroos (WHL)
cash
Trade notes
  • a The Flyers sent Glen Irwin to New York on May 18, 1973 to complete trade.

Signings[edit]

Free agency[edit]

The following players were signed by the Flyers via free agency.

Date Player Previous team (league) Contract details
September 1, 1972 Jack McIlhargey Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL)

Re-signed[edit]

The following players were re-signed by the Flyers.

Date Player Contract details
May 18, 1972 Dave Schultz 3 years
May 22, 1972 Rick Foley 3 years
May 22, 1972 Bob Kelly 2 years
May 24, 1972 Rick MacLeish 3 years
May 25, 1972 Joe Watson 2 years
May 25, 1972 Bill Clement 2 years
May 31, 1972 Don Saleski 2 years
June 2, 1972 Michel Belhumeur 3 years
June 2, 1972 Gary Dornhoefer 3 years
June 2, 1972 Lew Morrison 2 years
June 5, 1972 Doug Favell 3 years
June 19, 1972 Bill Flett 3 years, $165,000
August 15, 1972 Wayne Hillman
August 15, 1972 Bob Currier
August 15, 1972 Rene Drolet
August 15, 1972 Orest Kindrachuk
August 15, 1972 Tom Trevelyan
August 15, 1972 Andre Gaudette
August 15, 1972 Willie Brossart
August 15, 1972 Yvon Bilodeau
August 16, 1972 Barry Ashbee 3 years
September 12, 1972 Brent Hughes

Draft picks[edit]

The Flyers signed the following of their draft picks.

Date Player Previous team (league) Draft Contract details
June 20, 1972 Bill Barber Kitchener Rangers (OHA) 1972 1st-round pick 3 years
June 20, 1972 Tom Bladon Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL) 1972 2nd-round pick
June 20, 1972 Jimmy Watson Calgary Centennials (WCHL) 1972 3rd-round pick
June 20, 1972 Al MacAdam Charlottetown Islanders (MJHL) 1972 4th-round pick

Reverse draft[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following claims during the reverse draft.

Date Player Claimed by Claimed from
June 8, 1972 Hank Nowak Hershey Bears (AHL) Philadelphia Flyers

Departures[edit]

The following players — excluding those who were traded or claimed on waivers — left the team during the off-season. Players who were under contract during the season are marked with an asterisk (*).

Date Player New team (league) Via
May 25, 1972 Dick Sarrazin New England Whalers (WHA) Free agency
June 6, 1972 Eddie Joyal Alberta Oilers (WHA) Free agency
June 6, 1972[8] Lew Morrison Atlanta Flames Expansion Draft
June 6, 1972[8] Larry Hale Atlanta Flames Expansion Draft
June 6, 1972[8] Jim Mair New York Islanders Expansion Draft
July 19, 1972 Ralph MacSweyn Los Angeles Sharks (WHA) Free agency
August 8, 1972 Don McLeod Houston Aeros (WHA) Free agency

Draft picks[edit]

Philadelphia's picks at the 1972 NHL Amateur Draft, which was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec on June 8, 1972.[9]

Players drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1972 and their NHL career regular season statistics
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (league) GP G A Pts PIM W L T GAA
1 7 Barber, BillBill Barber Left Wing Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHA) 903 420 463 883 623 &
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2 23 Bladon, TomTom Bladon Defense Canada Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL) 610 73 197 270 392 &
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3 39 Watson, JimmyJimmy Watson Defense Canada Calgary Centennials (WCHL) 613 38 148 186 492 &
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4 55 MacAdam, AlAl MacAdam Right Wing Canada Charlottetown Islanders (MJHL) 864 240 351 591 509 &
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5 71 Fedorak, DarylDaryl Fedorak Goaltender Canada Victoria Cougars (WCHL) &
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6 87 Hasting, DaveDave Hasting Goaltender Canada Charlottetown Islanders (MJHL) &
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7 103 Beaudoin, SergeSerge Beaudoin Defense Canada Trois-Rivières Ducs (QMJHL) 3 0 0 0 0 &
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8 119 Russell, PatPat Russell Right Wing Canada Vancouver Nats (WCHL) &
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9 135 Boutin, RayRay Boutin Goaltender Canada Sorel Black Hawks (QMJHL) &
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Draft notes[10]
  • The Flyers traded their tenth round pick, 148th overall, to the Minnesota North Stars for cash on June 8, 1972.

Farm teams[edit]

The Flyers were affiliated with the Richmond Robins of the AHL,[2][11] the San Diego Gulls of the WHL,[3] and the Jersey Devils of the EHL.[3]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "All Time Team Attendance". P. Anson. Flyers History. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "AHL Franchise Statistics". P. Anson. Flyers History. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Non-AHL Affiliates". P. Anson. Flyers History. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ Jackson, Jim. Walking Together Forever: The Broad Street Bullies, Then and Now. Sports Publishing L.L.C. pp. 1–3. 
  5. ^ Jack Chevalier (1973-01-03). "Broad Street Bullies Muscle Atlanta". Philadelphia Bulletin. 
  6. ^ "1972–1973 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  7. ^ "Hockey Transactions Search Results". Pro Sports Transactions. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c "1972 NHL Expansion Draft Picks at hockeydb.com". hockeyDB.com. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  9. ^ "1972 NHL Amateur Draft Picks at hockeydb.com". hockeyDB.com. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ "1972 NHL Amateur Draft Pick Transactions". Pro Sports Transactions. Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  11. ^ "AHL Season Overview: 1972–73". P. Anson. Flyers History. Retrieved October 26, 2013.