Gary Dornhoefer

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Gary Dornhoefer
Born (1943-02-02) February 2, 1943 (age 72)
Kitchener, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Boston Bruins
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1963–1978

Gerhardt Otto Dornhofer (born February 2, 1943), better known as Gary Dornhoefer, is a Canadian former professional ice hockey right winger who played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers. He was a member of the Flyers' back-to-back Stanley Cup championship teams in 1974 and 1975.

Playing career[edit]

After playing his junior hockey with the Niagara Falls Flyers of the Ontario Hockey Association, Dornhoefer made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins in the 1964 season, playing in 32 games, scoring twelve goals and ten assists. After that promising start, he was little used by Boston thereafter and spent most of the next three seasons in the minor leagues, principally with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.

Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

Dornhoefer was left unprotected in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft. The Philadelphia Flyers selected him with the 13th pick overall, and he would never play with another team.

Statue depicting Dornhoefer's overtime goal during the 1973 Stanley Cup playoffs.

In that first year with Philadelphia, Dornhoefer scored 13 goals and 43 points while accumulating 134 penalty minutes and gaining a reputation as a hard hitting, grinding left winger with a touch for scoring. Two seasons later he reached the 20-goal plateau for the first time, a mark he would achieve in five seasons. In 1973 he had his best season, scoring 30 goals and 49 assists for 79 points and being named to play in the All-Star Game. The most famous play of his career came in the 1973 Stanley Cup playoffs when he scored a crucial overtime goal against the Minnesota North Stars on a solo rush. The goal was memorialized on a statue at the Spectrum, which was demolished in 2010-11. Plans are for the Spectrum statues to be installed in a new retail, restaurant and entertainment complex to be built on a nearby site.[1]

Although hampered by injuries throughout his career in consequence of his bruising style, Dornhoefer remained an effective scorer through his penultimate season, and was named to play in the All-Star Game again in 1977 after finishing the regular season with a +47 plus/minus mark. The season thereafter, missing nearly half the season through injury, his scoring touch disappeared completely, and he retired after the 1978 playoffs.

Dornhoefer played in 787 games over 14 seasons, scoring 214 goals and 328 assists for 542 points, adding 1291 penalty minutes. At the time of his retirement he was second only to Bobby Clarke as the team's all time leading scorer, and still ranks tenth in that category. His eleven seasons with Philadelphia are surpassed only by Clarke, Bill Barber and Rick MacLeish, and on a team iconic for its brawling ways, Dornhoefer is eighth in franchise penalty minutes.

Retirement[edit]

After his retirement following the 1977–1978 season, Dornhoefer moved to broadcasting. He worked a short time in Philadelphia locally, then moved back to his native Ontario, Canada to work on Hockey Night In Canada as a color commentator from 1978 – 1986. After a six year hiatus from broadcasting, Dornhoefer moved back to Philadelphia in 1992 and joined the Flyers broadcast team, originally working with play-by-play man Gene Hart. He served as a Flyers' color analyst through the 2005–06 NHL season and is now one of the team's Ambassadors of Hockey.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1961–62 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA 50 8 31 39 121 6 2 3 5 15
1962–63 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA 38 16 34 50 58 16 11 13 24 56
1962–63 Niagara Falls Flyers M-Cup  — 9 2 3 5 33
1963–64 Boston Bruins NHL 32 12 10 22 20
1963–64 Minneapolis Bruins CPHL 39 21 30 51 67
1964–65 Boston Bruins NHL 20 0 1 1 13
1964–65 San Francisco Seals WHL 37 10 25 35 59
1965–66 Boston Bruins NHL 10 0 1 1 2
1965–66 Hershey Bears AHL 54 16 20 36 56 3 1 1 2 14
1966–67 Hershey Bears AHL 71 19 22 41 110 5 0 1 1 7
1967–68 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 65 13 30 43 134 3 0 0 0 15
1968–69 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 60 8 16 24 80 4 0 1 1 20
1969–70 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 65 26 29 55 96
1970–71 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 57 20 20 40 93 2 0 0 0 4
1971–72 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 17 32 49 183
1972–73 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 30 49 79 168 11 3 3 6 16
1973–74 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 57 11 39 50 125 14 5 6 11 43
1974–75 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 69 17 27 44 102 17 5 5 10 33
1975–76 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 28 35 63 128 16 3 4 7 43
1976–77 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 25 34 59 85 9 1 0 1 22
1977–78 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 47 7 5 12 62 4 0 0 0 7
NHL totals 787 214 328 542 1291 80 17 19 36 203

References[edit]

  1. ^ Caldwell, Dave (April 27, 2010). "The Spectrum Still Has a Hold". The New York Times. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Bill Clement
Philadelphia Flyers TV Color Commentator
1992–2006
Succeeded by
Steve Coates
Keith Jones