1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers season
|1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers|
|Campbell Conference Champions|
|Patrick Division Champions|
|Goals for||327 (2nd)|
|Goals against||254 (7th)|
|General Manager||Keith Allen|
|Minor league affiliations||Maine Mariners (AHL)
Toledo Goaldiggers (IHL)
Hampton Aces (EHL)
|Goals||Reggie Leach (50)|
|Assists||Bobby Clarke (57)
Ken Linseman (57)
|Points||Ken Linseman (79)|
|Penalties in minutes||Paul Holmgren (267)|
|Plus/minus||Jimmy Watson (+53)|
|Wins||Pete Peeters (29)|
|Goals against average||Rick St. Croix (2.00)|
The 1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' 13th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). This team owns the longest unbeaten streak in North American sports history in 35 consecutive games without a loss, from October 14 to January 6. The Flyers reached the Stanley Cup Finals but lost in six games to the New York Islanders.
- 1 Regular season
- 2 Playoffs
- 3 Schedule and results
- 4 Player stats
- 5 Awards and records
- 6 Transactions
- 7 Draft picks
- 8 Farm teams
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The Flyers began the 1979–80 season with a somewhat controversial move by naming Clarke a playing assistant coach and giving the captaincy to Mel Bridgman. While Clarke was against this initially, he accepted his new role. The Flyers would go undefeated for a North American professional sports record 35 straight games (25–0–10), a record that still stands to this day. In doing so, the Flyers wrapped up the Patrick Division title with 14 games to spare and the No.1 overall seed in the playoffs.
|New York Islanders||80||39||28||13||281||247||91|
|New York Rangers||80||38||32||10||308||284||86|
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.
The Flyers' regular-season success continued into the playoffs, as the Flyers swept a young Wayne Gretzky and his Edmonton Oilers in the first round, then went on to get revenge against Fred Shero and his Rangers by beating them in five before disposing of Minnesota in five to lock up a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals. Facing the Islanders for the Cup, the Flyers would ultimately lose in six games on Bob Nystrom's overtime Cup-winning goal. The end result of the series was marred by controversy, as the Islanders were offside on the play that resulted in their second goal in Game 6, but the call was not made. Linesman Leon Stickle admitted after the game that he had blown the call.
Schedule and results
|1979–80 regular season|
Legend: Win (2 points) Loss (0 points) Tie (1 point)
|1980 Stanley Cup playoffs|
Legend: Win Loss
Note: Pos = Position (C = Center; D = Defense; G = Goaltender; LW = Left Wing; RW = Right Wing); GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus-minus (playoff plus-minus not available); PIM = Penalties in minutes; = Joined team via trade or waivers during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
|14, 26||Linseman, KenKen Linseman||21||C||80||22||57||79||26||107||17||04 !4||18||22||40|
|27||Leach, ReggieReggie Leach||29||RW||76||50||26||76||40||28||19||09 !9||07 !7||16||06 !6|
|14, 26||Propp, BrianBrian Propp||20||LW||80||34||41||75||45||54||19||05 !5||10||15||29|
|07 !7||Barber, BillBill Barber||27||LW||79||40||32||72||39||17||19||12||09 !9||21||23|
|16||Clarke, BobbyBobby Clarke||30||C||76||12||57||69||42||65||19||08 !8||12||20||16|
|19||MacLeish, RickRick MacLeish||30||LW||78||31||35||66||23||28||19||09 !9||06 !6||15||02 !2|
|17||Holmgren, PaulPaul Holmgren||24||RW||74||30||35||65||35||267||18||10||10||20||47|
|10||Bridgman, MelMel Bridgman||24||C||74||16||31||47||13||136||19||02 !2||09 !9||11||70|
|02 !2||Dailey, BobBob Dailey||26||D||61||13||26||39||30||71||19||04 !4||13||17||22|
|09 !9||Kelly, BobBob Kelly||29||LW||75||15||20||35||19||122||19||01 !1||01 !1||02 !2||38|
|03 !3||Wilson, BehnBehn Wilson||21||D||61||9||25||34||21||212||19||04 !4||09 !9||13||66|
|11||Ververgaert, DennisDennis Ververgaert||26||RW||58||14||17||31||9||24||02 !2||00 !0||00 !0||00 !0||00 !0|
|15||Hill, AlAl Hill||24||LW||61||16||10||26||14||53||19||03 !3||05 !5||08 !8||19|
|25||Barnes, NormNorm Barnes||26||D||59||4||21||25||23||59||10||00 !0||00 !0||00 !0||08 !8|
|20||Watson, JimmyJimmy Watson||27||D||71||5||18||23||53||51||15||00 !0||04 !4||04 !4||20|
|22||Gorence, TomTom Gorence||22||RW||51||8||13||21||7||15||15||03 !3||03 !3||06 !6||18|
|21, 28||Busniuk, MikeMike Busniuk||28||D||71||2||18||20||39||93||19||02 !2||04 !4||06 !6||23|
|12||Paddock, JohnJohn Paddock||25||LW||32||3||7||10||-4||36||03 !3||02 !2||00 !0||02 !2||00 !0|
|06 !6||Dupont, AndreAndre Dupont||30||D||58||1||7||8||37||107||19||00 !0||04 !4||04 !4||50|
|05 !5||Bathe, FrankFrank Bathe||25||D||47||0||7||7||7||111||01 !1||00 !0||00 !0||00 !0||00 !0|
|29||McIlhargey, JackJack McIlhargey||27||D||26||0||4||4||7||95||09 !9||00 !0||00 !0||00 !0||25|
|23||Gardner, DaveDave Gardner||27||C||2||1||1||2||1||0||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—|
|21||Morrison, GaryGary Morrison||24||RW||3||0||2||2||0||0||05 !5||00 !0||01 !1||01 !1||02 !2|
|21||Gillen, DonDon Gillen||19||RW||1||1||0||1||1||0||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—|
|34||Patterson, DennisDennis Patterson||30||D||3||0||1||1||-1||0||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—|
|08 !8||Wesley, BlakeBlake Wesley||20||D||2||0||1||1||-3||2||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—|
|31||Myre, PhilPhil Myre||31||G||41||0||0||0||-0.1 !N/A||37||06 !6||00 !0||00 !0||00 !0||00 !0|
|33||Peeters, PetePete Peeters||22||G||40||0||0||0||-0.1 !N/A||28||13||00 !0||00 !0||00 !0||02 !2|
|30||St. Croix, RickRick St. Croix||25||G||1||0||0||0||-0.1 !N/A||0||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—|
Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GA = Goals against; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average; MIN = Minutes played
|31||Myre, PhilPhil Myre||31||41||18||7||15||0||141||.875||3.57||2367||06 !6||5||1||1||16||.920||2.50||384|
|33||Peeters, PetePete Peeters||22||40||29||5||5||1||108||.898||2.73||2373||13||8||5||1||37||.902||2.78||799|
|30||St. Croix, RickRick St. Croix||25||1||1||0||0||0||2||.920||2.00||60||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-01 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—|
Awards and records
|Award or honor||Recipient|
|All-Star Game representative||Bill Barber
|Jack Adams Award||Pat Quinn|
|Lester Patrick Trophy||Keith Allen
|Barry Ashbee Trophy||Norm Barnes|
|Class Guy Award||Andre Dupont|
- NHL record
- Tied for NHL record
|Shorthanded goals, playoffs||3**||Bill Barber|
|Game-winning goals, playoffs||4||Bill Barber
(tied by Rick MacLeish in 1973–74 and Danny Briere in 2009–10)
|Fewest losses on road||7|
|Record||Player||Total||Date and opponent|
|Assists||Bob Dailey||4||May 1, 1980 vs. Minnesota North Stars
(tied five times by five different players)
|Record||Total||Date and opponent|
|Powerplay goals against||6||February 19, 1980 vs. Colorado Rockies|
|Longest undefeated streak||35*
(25 wins, 10 ties)
|October 14, 1979 through January 6, 1980|
|Longest home undefeated streak||26
(19 wins, 7 ties)
|October 11, 1979 through February 3, 1980|
|Longest road undefeated streak||16
(11 wins, 5 ties)
|October 20, 1979 through January 6, 1980|
|Bobby Clarke||600 Assists||October 14, 1979|
The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from May 22, 1979, the day after the deciding game of the 1979 Stanley Cup Finals, through May 24, 1980, the day of the deciding game of the 1980 Stanley Cup Finals.
|June 7, 1979||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To St. Louis Blues
|August 16, 1979||To Philadelphia Flyers
3rd-round pick in 1981
|To Washington Capitals
|September 4, 1979||To Philadelphia Flyers
4th-round pick in 1981
|To Detroit Red Wings
|January 2, 1980||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Vancouver Canucks
|Signed via free agency|
|August 8, 1979||Dennis Patterson||Maine Mariners (AHL)|
|September 4, 1979||Fred Williams||Philadelphia Firebirds (AHL)|
|September 28, 1979||Greg Adams||Victoria Cougars (WHL)|
|October 1, 1979||Marc-Andre Marchand||Hull Olympiques (QMJHL)|
|October 10, 1979||Sam St. Laurent||Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)|
|October 25, 1979||Tim Kerr||Kingston Canadians (OMJHL)|
|October 31, 1979||Dan Barber||Toronto Marlboros (OMJHL)|
|January 21, 1980||Dave Gardner||Binghamton Dusters (AHL)|
|Rights reclaimed from WHA teams|
|June 13, 1979||Dennis Sobchuk||Edmonton Oilers|
|Lost in 1979 NHL Expansion Draft|
|June 13, 1979||Bernie Johnston||Hartford Whalers|
|June 13, 1979||Dave Hoyda||Winnipeg Jets|
|May 31, 1979||Bernie Parent||—|
|June 12, 1979||Frank Bathe||—||multi-year|
|Draft picks signed|
|August 30, 1979||Brian Propp||Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)||Drafted 14th overall, 1979, multi-year|
|September 4, 1979||Blake Wesley||Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)||Drafted 22nd overall, 1979|
|September 4, 1979||Lindsay Carson||Billings Bighorns (WHL)||Drafted 56th overall, 1979|
|September 4, 1979||Don Gillen||Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)||Drafted 77th overall, 1979|
|September 4, 1979||Gord Williams||Lethbridge Broncos (WHL)||Drafted 119th overall, 1979|
|Round||#||Player||Position||Nationality||College/Junior/Club Team (League)|
|1||14||Brian Propp||Left Wing||Canada||Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)|
|2||22[a]||Blake Wesley||Defense||Canada||Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)|
|2||35||Pelle Lindbergh||Goaltender||Sweden||AIK (Elitserien)|
|3||56||Lindsay Carson||Center||Canada||Billings Bighorns (WHL)|
|4||77||Don Gillen||Right Wing||Canada||Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)|
|5||98||Thomas Eriksson||Defense||Sweden||Djurgardens IF (Elitserien)|
|6||119||Gordie Williams||Forward||Canada||Lethbridge Broncos (WHL)|
- Draft notes
- a The Flyers traded their 1978 second-round pick to the Colorado Rockies for the Rockies' second-round pick, 22nd overall, on June 15, 1978.
- hockeyDB.com: Roster and player statistics · Results and Schedule
- hockey-reference.com: Roster and Statistics · Schedule and Results
- Flyers History: Season Overview · Game Scores & Results · Playoff Results
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