1977–78 Philadelphia Flyers season

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1977–78 Philadelphia Flyers
Division 2nd Patrick
Conference 2nd Campbell
1977–78 record 45–20–15
Home record 29–6–5
Road record 16–14–10
Goals for 296 (4th)
Goals against 200 (2nd)
Team information
General Manager Keith Allen
Coach Fred Shero
Captain Bobby Clarke
Arena Spectrum
Average attendance 17,077[1]
Minor league affiliations Maine Mariners (AHL)[2]
Philadelphia Firebirds (NAHL)[3]
Team leaders
Goals Bill Barber (41)
Assists Bobby Clarke (68)
Points Bobby Clarke (89)
Penalties in minutes Andre Dupont (225)
Plus/minus Bobby Clarke (+47)
Wins Bernie Parent (29)
Goals against average Bernie Parent (2.22)
<1976–77 1978–79>

The 1977–78 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' 11th season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Regular season[edit]

The Flyers lost their hold on the Patrick Division in 1977–78 and settled for second place.

Tom Bladon's 8 points (4 goals and 4 assists) in a game against the Cleveland Barons on December 11 set an NHL record for a defenseman.[4]

Season standings[edit]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 48 17 15 334 210 111
Philadelphia Flyers 80 45 20 15 296 200 105
Atlanta Flames 80 34 27 19 274 252 87
New York Rangers 80 30 37 13 279 280 73

[5]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Playoffs[edit]

After sweeping the Colorado Rockies in 2 games in the preliminary round, the Flyers moved on and beat Buffalo in five games. They faced Boston in the semifinals for the second consecutive season, and lost again, this time in five games.

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

1977–78 regular season

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

Playoffs[edit]

1978 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 28 C 71 21 68 89 47 83 12 4 7 11 8
7 Barber, BillBill Barber 25 LW 80 41 31 72 31 34 12 6 3 9 2
19 MacLeish, RickRick MacLeish 28 LW 76 31 39 70 24 33 12 7 9 16 4
26 Kindrachuk, OrestOrest Kindrachuk 27 C 73 17 45 62 35 128 12 5 5 10 13
2 Dailey, BobBob Dailey 24 D 76 21 36 57 45 62 12 1 5 6 22
27 Leach, ReggieReggie Leach 27 RW 72 24 28 52 20 24 12 2 2 4 0
18 Lonsberry, RossRoss Lonsberry 30 LW 78 18 30 48 41 45 12 2 2 4 6
10 Bridgman, MelMel Bridgman 22 C 76 16 32 48 26 203 12 1 7 8 36
11 Saleski, DonDon Saleski 28 RW 70 27 18 45 34 44 11 2 0 2 19
3 Bladon, TomTom Bladon 25 D 79 11 24 35 32 57 12 0 2 2 11
17 Holmgren, PaulPaul Holmgren 22 RW 62 16 18 34 23 190 12 1 4 5 26
9 Kelly, BobBob Kelly 27 LW 74 19 13 32 15 95 12 3 5 8 26
29 Dean, BarryBarry Dean 22 LW 56 7 18 25 12 34
5 Lapointe, RickRick Lapointe 22 D 47 4 16 20 35 91 12 0 3 3 19
20 Watson, JimmyJimmy Watson 25 D 71 5 12 17 33 62 12 1 7 8 6
25 McCarthy, KevinKevin McCarthy 20 D 62 2 15 17 29 32 10 0 1 1 8
14 Watson, JoeJoe Watson 34 D 65 5 9 14 23 22 1 0 0 0 0
6 Dupont, AndreAndre Dupont 28 D 69 2 12 14 31 225 12 2 1 3 13
12 Dornhoefer, GaryGary Dornhoefer 34 RW 47 7 5 12 -3 62 4 0 0 0 7
8 Hoyda, DaveDave Hoyda 20 LW 41 1 3 4 -5 119 9 0 0 0 17
22 Bennett, HarveyHarvey Bennettdouble-dagger 25 C 2 1 0 1 1 7
32 Dunlop, BlakeBlake Dunlopdagger 24 C 3 0 1 1 1 0
1 Parent, BernieBernie Parent 32 G 49 0 0 0 N/A 4 12 0 0 0 0
35 Stephenson, WayneWayne Stephenson 33 G 26 0 0 0 N/A 0
30 St. Croix, RickRick St. Croix 23 G 7 0 0 0 N/A 0
15 Hill, AlAl Hill 22 LW 3 0 0 0 0 2
21 Bathe, FrankFrank Bathe 23 D 1 0 0 0 0 0
21 Cunningham, JimJim Cunningham 21 LW 1 0 0 0 1 4
28 Callander, DrewDrew Callander 21 C 1 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 Parent, BernieBernie Parent 32 49 29 6 13 7 108 .912 2.22 2923 12 7 5 0 33 .891 2.74 722
35 Stephenson, WayneWayne Stephenson 33 26 14 10 1 3 68 .892 2.75 1482
30 St. Croix, RickRick St. Croix 23 7 2 4 1 0 20 .894 3.04 395

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

League awards and honors
Award or honor Recipient
All-Star Game representative Bill Barber
Tom Bladon
Bobby Clarke
Bob Dailey
Fred Shero (Coach)
Wayne Stephenson
Jim Watson
Team awards
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Jim Watson
Class Guy Award Joe Watson

Records[edit]

  •    *  NHL record
  •   **  Tied for NHL record
Individual regular season single game records
Record Player Total Date and opponent
Most goals scored Tom Bladon 4 December 11, 1977 vs. Cleveland Barons
(tied 15 times by eight different players)
Most points Tom Bladon 8 December 11, 1977 vs. Cleveland Barons
Most points by a defenseman Tom Bladon 8** December 11, 1977 vs. Cleveland Barons
Best plus-minus Tom Bladon +10* December 11, 1977 vs. Cleveland Barons
Individual regular season streaks records
Record Player Games Dates
Longest assists streak Bobby Clarke 12 February 1, 1978 through March 16, 1978
(tied by Clarke from March 11, 1976 through April 3, 1976)

Milestones[edit]

Player Milestone Reached
Bernie Parent 500 Games December 8, 1977

Transactions[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from May 15, 1977, the day after the deciding game of the 1977 Stanley Cup Finals, through May 25, 1978, the day of the deciding game of the 1978 Stanley Cup Finals.[6]

Trades[edit]

Date
Details
June 14, 1977 To Philadelphia Flyers
8th-round pick in 1977
9th-round pick in 1977
10th-round pick in 1977
11th-round pick in 1977
To Buffalo Sabres
cash
June 17, 1977[7] To Philadelphia Flyers
future considerations[a]
To Los Angeles Kings
Steve Short
August 5, 1977[8] To Philadelphia Flyers
Barry Dean
To Colorado Rockies
Mark Suzor
October 28, 1977[9] To Philadelphia Flyers
Blake Dunlop
3rd-round pick in 1978
To Minnesota North Stars
Harvey Bennett
November 1, 1977[10] To Philadelphia Flyers
Terry Murray
To Detroit Red Wings
cash
Trade notes
  • a The Kings sent Paul Evans to the Flyers on November 3, 1977 to complete trade.[7]

Signings[edit]

Free agency[edit]

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

Date Player Previous team (league) Contract details
August 17, 1977[11] Brian Burke Providence Friars (HE)
September 1977[12] Jim Cunningham Michigan State Spartans (CCHA)
September 1977[13] Guy Delparte Oklahoma City Blazers (CHL)
September 7, 1977 Wayne Schaab VEU Feldkirch (Austria)
September 15, 1977[14] Larry Romanchych Atlanta Flames
September 28, 1977[15] Bernie Johnston Syracuse Blazers (NAHL)
October 7, 1977[16] Frank Bathe Port Huron Flags (IHL)
October 23, 1977[17] Mike Busniuk Nova Scotia Voyageurs (AHL)
October 27, 1977 Grant Cole Springfield Indians (AHL)

Draft picks[edit]

The Flyers signed the following of their draft picks.

Date Player Previous team (league) Draft Contract details
June 30, 1977[18] Kevin McCarthy Winnipeg Monarchs (WCHL) 1977 1st-round pick 3 years
August 2, 1977[19] Tom Gorence Minnesota Golden Gophers (WCHA) 1977 2nd-round pick
August 2, 1977[19] Dave Hoyda Portland Winter Hawks (WCHL) 1977 3rd-round pick

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
September 1977[20] Gary Inness Indianapolis Racers (WHA) Free agency
October 21, 1977[21] Larry Wright Detroit Red Wings Free agency

Draft picks[edit]

Philadelphia's picks at the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft, which was held at the NHL's office in Montreal, Quebec on June 14, 1977.[22]

Players drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1977 and their NHL career regular season statistics
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (league) GP G A Pts PIM W L T GAA
1 17 McCarthy, KevinKevin McCarthy Defense Canada Winnipeg Monarchs (WCHL) 537 67 191 258 527 &
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2 35 Gorence, TomTom Gorence Right Wing United States Minnesota Golden Gophers (CCHA) 303 58 53 111 89 &
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3 53 Hoyda, DaveDave Hoyda Left Wing Canada Portland Winter Hawks (WCHL) 132 6 17 23 299 &
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4 67[a] Guillemette, YvesYves Guillemette Goaltender Canada Shawinigan Dynamos (QMJHL) &
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4 71 Hamelin, ReneRene Hamelin Right Wing Canada Shawinigan Dynamos (QMJHL) &
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5 89 Clark, DanDan Clark Defense Canada Kamloops Chiefs (WCHL) 4 0 1 1 6 &
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6 107 Chaput, AlainAlain Chaput Center Canada Sorel Black Hawks (QMJHL) &
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7 123 Dalpe, RichardRichard Dalpe Center Canada Trois-Rivières Draveurs (QMJHL) &
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8 135[b] Peeters, PetePete Peeters Goaltender Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL) 489 0 14 14 212 246 155 51 3.08
8 136[c] Eccles, ClintClint Eccles Center Canada Kamloops Chiefs (WCHL) &
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8 139 Greeder, MikeMike Greeder Defense United States St. Paul Vulcans (MJHL) &
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9 150[b] Bauer, TomTom Bauer Wing United States Providence Friars (HE) &
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9 151[c] Bauman, MichaelMichael Bauman Defense Canada Hull Olympiques (QMJHL) &
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9 153 Crowder, BruceBruce Crowder Forward Canada New Hampshire Wildcats (HE) 243 47 51 98 156 &
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10 158[b] Nicholson, RobRob Nicholson Defense United States St. Paul Vulcans (MJHL) &
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10 159[c] Isherwood, DaveDave Isherwood Center Canada Winnipeg Monarchs (WCHL) &
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10 161 Jones, SteveSteve Jones Goaltender Canada Ohio State Buckeyes (CCHA) &
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11 165[b] Trainor, JimJim Trainor Defense United States Harvard Crimson (ECAC) &
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11 166[c] Duench, BarryBarry Duench Center Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHA) &
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11 168 McNair, RodRod McNair Defense Canada Ohio State Buckeyes (CCHA) &
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12 172[b] Laycock, MikeMike Laycock Goaltender Canada Brown Bears (ECAC) &
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Draft notes[23]

Farm teams[edit]

The Flyers were affiliated with the Maine Mariners of the AHL[2][24] and the Philadelphia Firebirds of the NAHL.[3]

References[edit]

General
Specific
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  10. ^ "Terry Murray - Notes". NHL.com. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
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  13. ^ "Guy Delparte - Notes". NHL.com. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
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  15. ^ "Bernard Johnston - Notes". NHL.com. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Francis Bathe - Notes". NHL.com. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Michael Busniuk - Notes". NHL.com. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  18. ^ "'Confident' Kevin McCarthy never thought he'd be a Flyer". AP. Pottstown Mercury. July 1, 1977. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  19. ^ a b "Sports Moves". Indiana Gazette. August 3, 1977. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Gary Inness - Notes". NHL.com. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
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