Ron Flockhart (ice hockey)

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Ron Flockhart
Born (1960-10-10) October 10, 1960 (age 53)
Smithers, BC, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for AHL
Maine Mariners
NHL
Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Montreal Canadiens
St. Louis Blues
Boston Bruins
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1980–1991

Ronald Everett Flockhart (born October 10, 1960) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player.

Playing career[edit]

Ron Flockhart scored over 300 NHL points in the 1980s playing mostly with the Philadelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues. After an impressive season with the Regina Pats during the 1979–80 Western Hockey League season, he was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers. While he played most of the '80–81 season with the Flyers AHL affiliate Maine Mariners team, he appeared in 14 regular season and 3 playoff games for the parent team. His best NHL season came the following year, as Flockhart averaged a point a game scoring 33 goals and assisting on another 39 for 72 points. Though he enjoyed another solid year in 1982–83 with 29 goals and 60 points in 73 games, the Flyers as a team continued to have trouble advancing in the playoffs. After a slow start at the beginning of the '83–84 season, Flockhart was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins as part of the trade that brought Rich Sutter to Philadelphia.

Flockhart spent the next two seasons playing for the Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, and in 1985–86 joined the St. Louis Blues where he tallied 22 goals and added 45 assists. It was his highest point total since his first season with the Flyers. Over the next few years, Flockhart's playing time fell with the Blues, and he ended his NHL career with a brief 4 game stint on the Boston Bruins. Although Flockhart's NHL career was at an end, his professional career continued for a few more years with SG Cortina and Bolzano HC in Italy.

Flockhart's style was often called "Flocky (or Flockey or Flockie) Hockey", for his tendency to rag the puck rather than move it quickly up ice.

Awards[edit]

According to Gene Hart, former play-by-play television and radio commentator for the Philadelphia Flyers, Flockhart won the "Grizzly Award" each year he played for the Flyers. As recollected in his autobiography "Score: My 25 Years With the Broad Street Bullies", Hart created this "award" for the NHL player born in Smithers, BC who had the highest point total at the end of each NHL season. Hart originally coined the award as a joke between Joe Watson and his younger brother Jimmy Watson, both low scoring Flyers defensemen who were born and raised in Smithers (and at the time were the only 2 players from this small British Columbia town). With the emergence of Flockhart, he became a lock for the award during his NHL playing days.

Records[edit]

  • Holds Philadelphia Flyers record for fastest two goals (8 seconds) during a game against the St. Louis Blues on December 6, 1981. The Flyers won the game 8–2.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1977–78 Medicine Hat Tigers WCHL 5 1 0 1 2
1979–80 Regina Pats WHL 65 54 76 130 63 17 11 23 34 18
1980–81 Maine Mariners AHL 59 33 33 66 76
1980–81 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 14 3 7 10 11 3 1 0 1 2
1981–82 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 72 33 39 72 44 4 0 1 1 2
1982–83 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 29 31 60 49 2 1 1 2 2
1983–84 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 8 0 3 3 4
1983–84 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 68 27 18 45 40
1984–85 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 12 0 5 5 4
1984–85 Montreal Canadiens NHL 42 10 12 22 14 2 1 1 2 2
1985–86 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 22 45 67 26 8 1 3 4 6
1986–87 St. Louis Blues NHL 60 16 19 35 12
1987–88 St. Louis Blues NHL 21 5 4 9 4
1988–89 Peoria Rivermen IHL 2 0 2 2 0
1988–89 Maine Mariners AHL 9 5 6 11 0
1988–89 Boston Bruins NHL 4 0 0 0 0
1988–89 SG Cortina Italy 31 31 34 65 25
1989–90 Bolzano HC Italy 40 53 94 147 15
1990–91 Bolzano HC Italy 33 36 44 80 32
NHL totals 453 145 183 328 208 19 4 6 10 14

Coaching[edit]

Flockhart also coached the Dallas Freeze of the Central Hockey League for 3 seasons (1992–93 through 1994–95) as well as the Reno Renegades (later called the Reno Rage) of the WCHL between 1995–96 and 1997–98.

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