1968–69 Philadelphia Flyers season

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1968–69 Philadelphia Flyers
Division 3rd West
1968–69 record 20–35–21
Home record 14–16–8
Road record 6–19–13
Goals for 174 (12th)
Goals against 225 (7th)
Team information
President Bill Putnam
Joe Scott
General Manager Bud Poile
Coach Keith Allen
Captain Ed Van Impe[a]
Alternate captains Dick Cherry
Jean-Guy Gendron[a]
Allan Stanley
Ed Van Impe[a]
Arena Spectrum
Average attendance 11,196[2]
Minor league affiliate(s) Quebec Aces
Seattle Totems
Jersey Devils
Team leaders
Goals Andre Lacroix (24)
Assists Jean-Guy Gendron (35)
Points Andre Lacroix (56)
Penalties in minutes Forbes Kennedy (195)
Plus/minus Bill Sutherland (+5)
Wins Bernie Parent (17)
Goals against average Bernie Parent (2.69)

The 1968–69 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' second season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers lost in the quarterfinals to the St. Louis Blues for the second consecutive season.

Off-season[edit]

The Flyers coaxed Dick Cherry, who they selected in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft, out of retirement by agreeing to a three-year contract.[3]

Lou Angotti, the Flyers first captain, was involved in a three-team trade.[4] The Flyers traded Angotti to the St. Louis Blues for Darryl Edestrand and Gerry Melnyk and the Blues subsequently traded Angotti to the Pittsburgh Penguins.[4] Melnyk suffered a heart attack in training camp and retired to become a scout for the team.[5]

The Flyers claimed veteran defenseman Allan Stanley in the reverse draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs.[6]

Regular season[edit]

Defenseman Ed Van Impe was named Angotti's replacement as captain in November.[1]

Led by Van Impe and the team-leading 24 goals of Andre Lacroix, the Flyers struggled finishing 15 games under .500.

Season standings[edit]

West Division[7]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 St. Louis Blues 76 37 25 14 204 157 +47 88
2 Oakland Seals 76 29 36 11 219 251 −32 69
3 Philadelphia Flyers 76 20 35 21 174 225 −51 61
4 Los Angeles Kings 76 24 42 10 185 260 −75 58
5 Pittsburgh Penguins 76 20 45 11 189 252 −63 51
6 Minnesota North Stars 76 18 43 15 189 270 −81 51


Playoffs[edit]

Despite the poor regular season showing, they made the playoffs; however, they were manhandled by St. Louis in a four-game sweep. Not wanting his team to be physically outmatched again, owner Ed Snider instructed General Manager Bud Poile to acquire bigger, tougher players.[8]

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

1968–69 regular season

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

Playoffs[edit]

1969 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.
Regular season Playoffs
No. Player Age Pos GP G A Pts +/- PIM GP G A Pts PIM
7 Lacroix, AndreAndre Lacroix 23 C 75 24 32 56 −12 4 4 0 0 0 0
11 Gendron, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Gendron 34 LW 74 20 35 55 −8 65 4 0 0 0 6
21 Sarrazin, DickDick Sarrazin 23 RW 54 16 30 46 −7 14 4 0 0 0 0
20 Johnson, JimJim Johnson 26 C 69 17 27 44 −5 20 3 0 0 0 2
9 Rochefort, LeonLeon Rochefort 29 RW 65 14 21 35 −7 10 3 0 0 0 0
12 Dornhoefer, GaryGary Dornhoefer 25 RW 60 8 16 24 −20 80 4 0 1 1 20
10 Selby, BritBrit Selbydouble-dagger 23 LW 63 10 13 23 −11 23
2 Van Impe, EdEd Van Impe 28 D 68 7 12 19 −13 112 1 0 0 0 17
17 Hale, LarryLarry Hale 27 D 67 3 16 19 −24 28 4 0 0 0 10
6 Stanley, AllanAllan Stanley 42 D 64 4 13 17 −4 28 3 0 1 1 4
8 Blackburn, DonDon Blackburn 30 LW 48 7 9 16 −13 36 4 0 0 0 2
5 Cherry, DickDick Cherry 31 D 71 9 6 15 −11 18 4 1 0 1 4
22 Kennedy, ForbesForbes Kennedydouble-dagger 33 C 59 8 7 15 −25 195
15 Peters, GarryGarry Peters 26 C 66 8 6 14 −20 49 4 1 1 2 16
14 Nolet, SimonSimon Nolet 27 RW 35 4 10 14 −10 8
4 Miszuk, JohnJohn Miszuk 28 D 66 1 13 14 −6 70 4 0 0 0 0
10 Sutherland, BillBill Sutherlanddagger 34 LW 12 7 3 10 5 4 4 1 1 2 0
3 Watson, JoeJoe Watson 25 D 60 2 8 10 −21 14 4 0 0 0 0
19 Heiskala, EarlEarl Heiskala 26 LW 21 3 3 6 −4 51
19 Paiement, RosaireRosaire Paiement 23 RW 27 2 4 6 −14 52
23 Stankiewicz, MyronMyron Stankiewiczdagger 33 LW 19 0 5 5 −11 25 1 0 0 0 0
24 MacSweyn, RalphRalph MacSweyn 26 D 24 0 4 4 4 6 4 0 0 0 4
23 Meehan, GerryGerry Meehandagger 22 C 12 0 3 3 −1 4 4 0 0 0 0
22 Byers, MikeMike Byersdagger 22 RW 5 0 2 2 −1 0 4 0 1 1 0
14 Hannigan, PatPat Hannigandouble-dagger 32 LW 7 0 1 1 −4 22
30 Parent, BernieBernie Parent 23 G 58 0 0 0 N/A 4 3 0 0 0 0
1 Favell, DougDoug Favell 23 G 21 0 0 0 N/A 4 1 0 0 0 0
24 Zeidel, LarryLarry Zeidel 40 D 9 0 0 0 −3 6
16 LaForge, ClaudeClaude LaForge 32 LW 2 0 0 0 −2 0
19 Bernier, SergeSerge Bernier 21 C 1 0 0 0 0 2

Goaltenders[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
No. Player Age GP W L T SO GA SV% GAA MIN GP W L SO GA SV% GAA MIN
30 Parent, BernieBernie Parent 23 58 17 23 16 1 151 .923 2.69 3365 3 0 3 0 12 .872 4.00 180
1 Favell, DougDoug Favell 23 21 3 12 5 1 71 .902 3.56 1195 1 0 1 0 5 .861 5.00 60

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

League awards and honors
Award or honor Recipient Ref
Selected to NHL All-Star Game Bernie Parent [9]
Ed Van Impe

Records[edit]

Team[edit]

Franchise team records set during the 1968–69 season
Record Type Total Date(s) Opponent Refs
Games tied Streak 4[b] 1/2/1969 – 1/8/1969 [10]
Most goals against Period 6 1/30/1969 Chicago Black Hawks [11]
Most goals against Game 12 1/30/1969 Chicago Black Hawks [12]
Games tied on the road Streak 4 3/1/1969 – 3/15/1969 [10]
Fewest wins on road Season 6[c] [13]
Fewest wins, playoffs Season 0[d] [14]

Transactions[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from May 12, 1968, the day after the deciding game of the 1968 Stanley Cup Finals, through May 4, 1969, the day of the deciding game of the 1969 Stanley Cup Finals.[15]

Trades[edit]

Date Details Ref
May 20, 1968 To Philadelphia Flyers
Earl Heiskala
To Seattle Totems (WHL)
loan of Bob Courcy
loan of Ray LaRose
future considerations[e]
[17]
June 11, 1968 To Philadelphia Flyers
Darryl Edestrand
Gerry Melnyk
To St. Louis Blues
Lou Angotti
Ian Campbell
[4]
August 21, 1968 To Philadelphia Flyers
loan of Bobby Rivard
To Pittsburgh Penguins
cash
[18]
October 1968 To Philadelphia Flyers
cash
To Vancouver Canucks (WHL)
Al Millar
[19]
December 1968 To Philadelphia Flyers
cash
To Quebec Aces (AHL)
Keith Wright
[20]
December 2, 1968 To Philadelphia Flyers
Bob Sneddon
To Chicago Black Hawks
Brian Bradley
[21]
March 2, 1969 To Philadelphia Flyers
cash
To Vancouver Canucks (WHL)
Pat Hannigan
[22]
March 2, 1969 To Philadelphia Flyers
Mike Byers
Gerry Meehan
Bill Sutherland
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Forbes Kennedy
Brit Selby
[22]

Signings[edit]

Free agency[edit]

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

Date Player Previous team (league) Contract details Ref
September 1968 Bobby Taylor Calgary Spurs (AJHL) [23]
September 18, 1968 Jean Lapointe Laval Saints (QMJHL) [24]
September 18, 1968 Bill McEwan [24]

Re-signed[edit]

The following players were re-signed by the Flyers.

Date Player Contract details Ref
May 27, 1968 Dick Cherry 3 years [3]
September 21, 1968 Brit Selby 2 years
October 5, 1968 Ralph MacSweyn
October 5, 1968 Bobby Rivard
October 8, 1968 Forbes Kennedy [25]
October 8, 1968 Garry Peters [25]
October 9, 1968 Gary Dornhoefer
October 9, 1968 Jim Johnson
October 9, 1968 Rosaire Paiement
October 12, 1968 Larry Hale 1 year

Draft picks[edit]

The Flyers signed the following of their draft picks.

Date Player Previous team (league) Draft Contract details Ref
September 18, 1968 Dunc Wilson Oshawa Generals (OHA) Special Internal Amateur Draft [24][26]

NHL Intra-League Draft[edit]

The 1968 NHL Intra-League Draft was held on June 12, 1968.[27][28] Each NHL team placed 14 skaters and 2 goaltenders on a protected list from which the other teams could not select.[27] It cost $30,000 to make a claim.[27]

The Flyers protected the following players:[27] goaltenders Doug Favell and Bernie Parent, and skaters Dick Cherry, Gary Dornhoefer, Jean Gauthier, Earl Heiskala, Jim Johnson, Forbes Kennedy, Andre Lacroix, John Miszuk, Simon Nolet, Leon Rochefort, Brit Selby, Bill Sutherland, Ed Van Impe, and Joe Watson.

Selections involving the Philadelphia Flyers at the 1968 NHL Intra-League Draft[27][29]
Round Pick Player Selected by Selected from Notes
1 7 Ron Buchanan Philadelphia Flyers Boston Bruins Flyers removed Jean Gauthier from protected list
Bruins claimed Gauthier in lieu of cash
2 8 Fern Rivard Minnesota North Stars Philadelphia Flyers Flyers placed Don Blackburn on protected list
3 10 Larry Hale Philadelphia Flyers Minnesota North Stars Flyers removed Bill Sutherland from protected list
North Stars claimed Sutherland in lieu of cash

NHL Reverse Draft[edit]

The 1968 NHL Reverse Draft was held on June 13, 1968.[6][30] The Reverse Draft featured American Hockey League (AHL) and Western Hockey League (WHL) teams selecting unprotected players from NHL teams.[6] It cost $15,000 to make a claim.[30]

Selections involving the Philadelphia Flyers at the 1968 NHL Reverse Draft[6][30]
Round Pick Player Selected by Selected from Notes
1 1 Jim Morrison Baltimore Clippers (AHL) Philadelphia Flyers Played entire 1967–68 season with Quebec Aces
1 2 Ed Hoekstra Denver Spurs (WHL) Philadelphia Flyers
1 13 Allan Stanley Quebec Aces (AHL) Toronto Maple Leafs Played entire 1968–69 season with Flyers

Waivers[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following waivers transactions.

Date Player Claimed by Claimed from Ref
January 16, 1969 Myron Stankiewicz Philadelphia Flyers St. Louis Blues [31]

Departures[edit]

The following players left the team via free agency, release, or retirement. Players who were under contract and left the team during the season are marked with an asterisk (*).

Date Player New team (league) Via Notes Ref
October 7, 1968 Gerry Melnyk Retirement Acquired in June 11 trade [5]

Draft picks[edit]

NHL Amateur Draft[edit]

Philadelphia's picks at the 1968 NHL Amateur Draft, which was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, on June 13, 1968.[32]

Players drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1968 and their NHL career regular season statistics
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (league) GP G A Pts PIM W L T GAA
1 8 Lew Morrison Right Wing  Canada Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL) 564 39 52 91 107

NHL Special Internal Amateur Draft[edit]

Philadelphia's picks at the 1968 NHL Special Internal Amateur Draft, which was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, on June 13, 1968.[33] Sponsored players aged 20 before May 31, 1968, who played as amateurs during the 1967–68 season were eligible for selection.[34]

Special Internal Amateur Draft selections and their NHL career regular season statistics[26][35]
Player Position Nationality Team (league) NHL rights GP G A Pts PIM W L T GAA
Dunc Wilson Goaltender  Canada Oshawa Generals (OHA) Boston Bruins 287 0 4 4 83 80 150 33 3.74

Farm teams[edit]

The Flyers were affiliated with the Quebec Aces of the AHL,[36][37] the Seattle Totems of the WHL,[38] and the Jersey Devils of the EHL.[38]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Van Impe was named captain on November 5. Gendron replaced him as an alternate captain.[1]
  2. ^ Tied during the 1991–92 season.
  3. ^ Tied during the 1969–70 season.
  4. ^ Tied during the 1970–71, 1982–83, and 1983–84 seasons.
  5. ^ The Flyers sent John Hanna and Art Stratton to Seattle during June 1968 to complete trade.[16]

References[edit]

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