1984–85 Philadelphia Flyers season

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1984–85 Philadelphia Flyers
Wales Conference Champions
Patrick Division Champions
Division 1st Patrick
Conference 1st Wales
1984–85 record 53–20–7
Home record 32–4–4
Road record 21–16–3
Goals for 348 (4th)
Goals against 241 (3rd)
Team information
General Manager Bob Clarke
Coach Mike Keenan
Captain Dave Poulin
Arena Spectrum
Average attendance 16,951[1]
Minor league affiliations Hershey Bears (AHL)[2]
Kalamazoo Wings (IHL)[3]
Team leaders
Goals Tim Kerr (54)
Assists Brian Propp (54)
Points Tim Kerr (98)
Penalties in minutes Dave Brown (165)
Plus/minus Brad McCrimmon (+52)
Wins Pelle Lindbergh (40)
Goals against average Bob Froese (2.41)
<1983–84 1985–86>

The 1984–85 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' 18th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers reached the Stanley Cup Finals but lost in five games to the Edmonton Oilers.

Off-season[edit]

Bob Clarke's first move as general manager was hiring Mike Keenan as head coach.[4] Second-year player Dave Poulin was named team captain.[5]

Regular season[edit]

On October 18 they tied a franchise record for most goals in one game, after a 13–2 rout of the Vancouver Canucks at the Spectrum. They recorded another 10-plus goal contest on March 10 against Pittsburgh, crushing the Penguins 11–4. In addition, the team snapped the Edmonton Oilers' then NHL record 12–0–3 unbeaten streak to start the year with a 7–5 win on November 11. Four days later, they paid tribute to the recently-retired Bobby Clarke on Bobby Clarke Night with a 6–1 win over the Hartford Whalers.

Although the club got off to a hot 16–4–4 start, they faltered in December, losing four straight games and five of six prior to Christmas. With the team's slate of games thin throughout January, the Washington Capitals surged to the top of the Patrick Division although the Flyers kept winning consistently.

After trailing the division-leading Capitals by 11 points in early February, the Flyers clinched the division title on March 28 and finished 12 points ahead of Washington, reeling off an incredible 24–4–0 record after February 9. The game that kicked off the stretch, on February 9 at the Capital Centre, saw Tim Kerr score four goals but Brian Propp won it, 5-4, with two seconds remaining in regulation. The club set a franchise record with 11 straight wins from March 5–24.

One season before the President's Trophy was created to reward the NHL club with the most points, the Flyers finished the season with 113, four ahead of eventual Cup champion Edmonton. They also recorded their second-highest single-season goal total (tied with 1975–76, and two fewer than the previous season) and allowed the third-fewest goals behind Washington and Buffalo.

Twice during the season two players recorded hat tricks in the same game. Propp and Ilkka Sinisalo turned the trick in the Vancouver rout, while Poulin and Kerr teamed up for six goals in a wild 9–6 win over Washington on March 7.

Goaltender Pelle Lindbergh, who led the league with 40 wins, won the Vezina Trophy.

Season standings[edit]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Philadelphia Flyers 80 53 20 7 348 241 113
Washington Capitals 80 46 25 9 322 240 101
New York Islanders 80 40 34 6 345 312 86
New York Rangers 80 26 44 10 295 345 62
New Jersey Devils 80 22 48 10 264 346 54
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 24 51 5 276 385 53

[6]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]

The Flyers rolled through the playoffs by sweeping the New York Rangers in three games, defeating the New York Islanders in five, and beating the Quebec Nordiques in six to return to the Stanley Cup Finals. Though they defeated the defending champion Edmonton Oilers in Game 1 by a score of 4–1 at home, Edmonton won the next four games and the series.

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

1984–85 regular season

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

Playoffs[edit]

1985 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
12 Kerr, TimTim Kerr 25 RW 74 54 44 98 29 57 12 10 4 14 7 13
26 Propp, BrianBrian Propp 25 LW 76 43 54 97 46 43 19 8 10 18 2 6
20 Poulin, DaveDave Poulin 26 C 73 30 44 74 43 59 11 3 5 8 -1 6
23 Sinisalo, IlkkaIlkka Sinisalo 26 RW 70 36 37 73 32 16 19 6 1 7 -1 0
32 Craven, MurrayMurray Craven 20 LW 80 26 35 61 45 30 19 4 6 10 6 11
25 Zezel, PeterPeter Zezel 19 C 65 15 46 61 22 26 19 1 8 9 -5 28
2 Howe, MarkMark Howe 29 D 73 18 39 57 51 31 19 3 8 11 11 6
14 Sutter, RonRon Sutter 21 C 73 16 29 45 13 94 19 4 8 12 -1 28
10 McCrimmon, BradBrad McCrimmon 25 D 66 8 35 43 52 81 11 2 1 3 5 15
18 Carson, LindsayLindsay Carson 24 C 77 20 19 39 0 123 17 0 3 3 0 24
24 Smith, DerrickDerrick Smith 20 LW 77 17 22 39 28 31 19 2 5 7 3 16
22 Tocchet, RickRick Tocchet 20 RW 75 14 25 39 6 181 19 3 4 7 -1 72
27 Eriksson, ThomasThomas Eriksson 25 D 72 10 29 39 24 36 9 0 0 0 -1 6
3 Crossman, DougDoug Crossman 24 D 80 4 33 37 31 65 19 4 6 10 -3 38
11, 36 Hachborn, LenLen Hachborn 23 C 40 5 17 22 16 23 4 0 3 3 0 0
8 Marsh, BradBrad Marsh 26 D 77 2 18 20 42 91 19 0 6 6 1 65
9 Dvorak, MiroslavMiroslav Dvorak 33 D 47 3 14 17 12 4 13 0 1 1 -1 4
19, 42 Bergen, ToddTodd Bergen 21 C 14 11 5 16 9 4 17 4 9 13 7 8
15 Sutter, RichRich Sutter 21 LW 56 6 10 16 0 89 11 3 0 3 -2 10
21 Brown, DaveDave Brown 22 RW 57 3 6 9 -3 165 11 0 0 0 -1 59
6 Young, TimTim Youngdagger 29 C 20 2 6 8 2 12
17 Hospodar, EdEd Hospodar 25 D 50 3 4 7 7 130 18 1 1 2 4 69
29 Cochrane, GlenGlen Cochranedouble-dagger 27 D 18 0 3 3 -4 100
19 Allison, RayRay Allison 25 RW 11 1 1 2 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 2
34 Fitzpatrick, RossRoss Fitzpatrick 24 C 5 1 0 1 -3 0
35 Froese, BobBob Froese 26 G 17 0 1 1 N/A 2 4 0 0 0 N/A 2
34 Guay, PaulPaul Guay 21 RW 2 0 1 1 2 0
31 Lindbergh, PellePelle Lindbergh 25 G 65 0 0 0 N/A 4 18 0 1 1 N/A 0
6, 28 Paterson, JoeJoe Paterson 24 LW 6 0 0 0 -1 31 17 3 4 7 -2 70
5 Smith, SteveSteve Smith 21 D 2 0 0 0 2 7
44 Stothers, MikeMike Stothers 22 D 1 0 0 0 -1 0
30, 33 Jensen, DarrenDarren Jensen 24 G 1 0 0 0 N/A 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
31 Lindbergh, PellePelle Lindbergh 25 65 40 17 7 2 194 .899 3.02 3858 18 12 6 3 42 .914 2.50 1008
35 Froese, BobBob Froese 26 17 13 2 0 1 37 .913 2.41 923 4 0 1 0 11 .845 4.52 146
30, 33 Jensen, DarrenDarren Jensen 24 1 0 1 0 0 7 .767 7.00 60

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

League awards and honors
Award or honor Recipient
All-Star Game representative Tim Kerr
Pelle Lindbergh
Jack Adams Award Mike Keenan
NHL First All-Star Team Pelle Lindbergh (G)
NHL Player of the Month Pelle Lindbergh (April)
(co-winner with Brian Hayward of the Winnipeg Jets)
NHL Player of the Week Pelle Lindbergh (November 19)
Ilkka Sinisalo (March 12)
(co-winner with Rick Wamsley of the St. Louis Blues)
Pelle Lindbergh (April 8)
(co-winner with Joe Mullen of the St. Louis Blues)
Vezina Trophy Pelle Lindbergh
Team awards
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Brad McCrimmon
Bobby Clarke Trophy Pelle Lindbergh
Class Guy Award Brad Marsh

Records[edit]

Individual single season records
Record Total Player
Shorthanded goals 7 Brian Propp
(tied by Mark Howe in 1985–86 and Mike Richards in 2008–09)
Hat tricks 5 Tim Kerr
Powerplay goals by a defenseman, playoffs 3 Doug Crossman
Team single season records
Record Total
Wins 53
(tied in 1985–86)
Fewest ties on road 3
(tied in 1985–86 and 1987–88)
Individual regular season single game records
Record Player Total Date and opponent
Most goals scored Tim Kerr 4 October 25, 1984 vs. St. Louis Blues
January 17, 1985 vs. Detroit Red Wings
February 9, 1985 at Washington Capitals
(tied 13 times by nine different players)
Individual post season single game records
Record Player Total Date and opponent
Powerplay goals Tim Kerr 3** April 13, 1985 vs. New York Rangers
Goals, one period Tim Kerr 4** April 13, 1985 vs. New York Rangers
Assists, one period Peter Zezel
Tim Kerr
3** April 13, 1985 vs. New York Rangers
April 21, 1985 vs. New York Islanders
(tied four times by four different players)
Points, one period Tim Kerr 4** April 13, 1985 vs. New York Rangers
Powerplay goals, one period Tim Kerr 3* April 13, 1985 vs. New York Rangers
Team regular season single game records
Record Total Date and opponent
Goals for 13 October 18, 1984 vs. Vancouver Canucks
(tied March 22, 1984 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins)
Shorthanded goals 3 December 15, 1984 vs. Washington Capitals
January 13, 1985 vs. Calgary Flames
(tied April 2, 1996 at New York Islanders)
Team post season single game records
Record Total Date and opponent
Goals, one period 5 April 13, 1985 vs. New York Rangers

Transactions[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from May 20, 1984, the day after the deciding game of the 1984 Stanley Cup Finals, through May 30, 1985, the day of the deciding game of the 1985 Stanley Cup Finals.[7]

Trades[edit]

Date
Details
May 24, 1984[8] To Philadelphia Flyers
Ian Armstrong
To New Jersey Devils
10th-round pick in 1985
September 27, 1984[9] To Philadelphia Flyers
future considerations
To New Jersey Devils
Sam St. Laurent
October 10, 1984[10] To Philadelphia Flyers
Murray Craven
Joe Paterson
To Detroit Red Wings
Darryl Sittler
March 12, 1985[11] To Philadelphia Flyers
3rd-round pick in 1986
To Vancouver Canucks
Glen Cochrane

Signings[edit]

Free agency[edit]

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

Date Player Previous team (league) Contract details
July 25, 1984[12] Ed Hospodar Hartford Whalers
September 30, 1984[13] Nick Kypreos North Bay Centennials (OHL)
October 4, 1984[14] Don Nachbaur Los Angeles Kings
October 8, 1984[15] Al Hill Maine Mariners (AHL)
October 15, 1984[16] Tim Young Winnipeg Jets 1 year
November 22, 1984[17] Craig Piette

Re-signed[edit]

The following players were re-signed by the Flyers.

Date Player Contract details
August 17, 1984[18] Doug Crossman
August 17, 1984[18] Len Hachborn
August 17, 1984[18] Brad McCrimmon
September 21, 1984 Tim Kerr multi-year
February 17, 1985 Lindsay Carson

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 Notes
N/A[19] Frank Bathe Retirement No official announcement
N/A[19] Randy Holt Retirement No official announcement

Draft picks[edit]

Philadelphia's picks at the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, which was held at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec on June 9, 1984.[20]

Players drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1984 and their NHL career regular season statistics
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (league) GP G A Pts PIM W L T GAA
2 22[a] Smyth, GregGreg Smyth Defense Canada London Knights (OHL) 229 4 16 20 783 &
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2 27[b] Mellanby, ScottScott Mellanby Right Wing Canada Henry Carr Secondary School (Toronto) 1431 364 476 840 2479 &
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2 37 Chychrun, JeffJeff Chychrun Defense Canada Kingston Canadians (OHL) 262 3 22 25 744 &
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3 43[a] McLay, DaveDave McLay Forward Canada Kelowna Wings (WHL) &
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3 47[c] Stevens, JohnJohn Stevens Defense Canada Oshawa Generals (OHL) 53 0 10 10 48 &
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4 79 Hanson, DavidDavid Hanson Center United States Grand Forks High School (N. Dakota) &
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5 100 Dobbin, BrianBrian Dobbin Right Wing Canada London Knights (OHL) 63 7 8 15 61 &
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6 121 Dzikowski, JohnJohn Dzikowski Center Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) &
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7 142 Allen, TomTom Allen Defense Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHL) &
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8 163 Vitale, LukeLuke Vitale Forward Canada Henry Carr Secondary School (Toronto) &
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9 184 Powers, BillyBilly Powers Forward United States Matignon High School (Mass.) &
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10 204 Fersovich, DarynDaryn Fersovich Forward Canada St. Albert Saints (AJHL) &
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12 245 Bakos, JurajJuraj Bakos Defense Slovakia HC Kosice (Czech) &
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Draft notes[21]

Farm teams[edit]

The Flyers were affiliated with the Hershey Bears of the AHL[2][22] and the Kalamazoo Wings of the IHL.[3]

References[edit]

General
Specific
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  9. ^ "Samuel St. Laurent - Notes". NHL.com. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
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  11. ^ "Glen Cochrane - Notes". NHL.com. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  12. ^ "SPORTS PEOPLE; Pavelich, Allison Sign". The New York Times. July 26, 1984. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Nick Kypreos - Notes". NHL.com. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Donald Nachbaur - Notes". NHL.com. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Alan Hill - Notes". NHL.com. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
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  18. ^ a b c "TRANSACTIONS". The New York Times. August 18, 1984. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
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