1968–69 Philadelphia Flyers season
|1968–69 Philadelphia Flyers|
|Goals for||174 (12th)|
|Goals against||225 (7th)|
|General Manager||Bud Poile|
|Captain||Ed Van Impe[a]|
|Alternate captains||Dick Cherry
Ed Van Impe[a]
|Minor league affiliate(s)||Quebec Aces
|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.
- 1 Off-season
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Playoffs
- 4 Schedule and results
- 5 Player statistics
- 6 Awards and records
- 7 Transactions
- 8 Draft picks
- 9 Farm teams
- 10 Notes
- 11 References
Lou Angotti, the Flyers first captain, was involved in a three-team trade. 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. Melnyk suffered a heart attack in training camp and retired to become a scout for the team.
Led by Van Impe and the team-leading 24 goals of Andre Lacroix, the Flyers struggled finishing 15 games under .500.
|1||St. Louis Blues||76||37||25||14||204||157||+47||88|
|4||Los Angeles Kings||76||24||42||10||185||260||−75||58|
|6||Minnesota North Stars||76||18||43||15||189||270||−81||51|
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.
Schedule and results
|1968–69 regular season|
Legend: Win (2 points) Loss (0 points) Tie (1 point)
|1969 Stanley Cup playoffs|
Legend: Win Loss
- Position abbreviations: C = Center; D = Defense; G = Goaltender; LW = Left Wing; RW = Right Wing
- = Joined team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, signing) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
- = Left team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, release) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
|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 Selby||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 Kennedy||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 Sutherland||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 Stankiewicz||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 Meehan||22||C||12||0||3||3||−1||4||4||0||0||0||0|
|22||Byers, MikeMike Byers||22||RW||5||0||2||2||−1||0||4||0||1||1||0|
|14||Hannigan, PatPat Hannigan||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||—||—||—||—||—|
|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
|Award or honor||Recipient||Ref|
|Selected to NHL All-Star Game||Bernie Parent|||
|Ed Van Impe|
|Games tied||Streak||4[b]||1/2/1969 – 1/8/1969||—|||
|Most goals against||Period||6||1/30/1969||Chicago Black Hawks|||
|Most goals against||Game||12||1/30/1969||Chicago Black Hawks|||
|Games tied on the road||Streak||4||3/1/1969 – 3/15/1969||—|||
|Fewest wins on road||Season||6[c]||—||—|||
|Fewest wins, playoffs||Season||0[d]||—||—|||
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.
|May 20, 1968||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Seattle Totems (WHL)
loan of Bob Courcy
loan of Ray LaRose
|June 11, 1968||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To St. Louis Blues
|August 21, 1968||To Philadelphia Flyers
loan of Bobby Rivard
|To Pittsburgh Penguins
|October 1968||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Vancouver Canucks (WHL)
|December 1968||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Quebec Aces (AHL)
|December 2, 1968||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Chicago Black Hawks
|March 2, 1969||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Vancouver Canucks (WHL)
|March 2, 1969||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Toronto Maple Leafs
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)|||
|September 18, 1968||Jean Lapointe||Laval Saints (QMJHL)|||
|September 18, 1968||Bill McEwan|||
The following players were re-signed by the Flyers.
|May 27, 1968||Dick Cherry||3 years|||
|September 21, 1968||Brit Selby||2 years|
|October 5, 1968||Ralph MacSweyn|
|October 5, 1968||Bobby Rivard|
|October 8, 1968||Forbes Kennedy|||
|October 8, 1968||Garry Peters|||
|October 9, 1968||Gary Dornhoefer|
|October 9, 1968||Jim Johnson|
|October 9, 1968||Rosaire Paiement|
|October 12, 1968||Larry Hale||1 year|
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|||
NHL Intra-League Draft
The 1968 NHL Intra-League Draft was held on June 12, 1968. Each NHL team placed 14 skaters and 2 goaltenders on a protected list from which the other teams could not select. It cost $30,000 to make a claim.
The Flyers protected the following players: 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.
|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
The 1968 NHL Reverse Draft was held on June 13, 1968. The Reverse Draft featured American Hockey League (AHL) and Western Hockey League (WHL) teams selecting unprotected players from NHL teams. It cost $15,000 to make a claim.
|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|
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|||
|Date||Player||New team (league)||Via||Notes||Ref|
|October 7, 1968||Gerry Melnyk||—||Retirement||Acquired in June 11 trade|||
NHL Amateur Draft
|1||8||Lew Morrison||Right Wing||Canada||Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL)||564||39||52||91||107||—||—||—||—|
NHL Special Internal Amateur Draft
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. Sponsored players aged 20 before May 31, 1968, who played as amateurs during the 1967–68 season were eligible for selection.
|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|
- Van Impe was named captain on November 5. Gendron replaced him as an alternate captain.
- Tied during the 1991–92 season.
- Tied during the 1969–70 season.
- Tied during the 1970–71, 1982–83, and 1983–84 seasons.
- The Flyers sent John Hanna and Art Stratton to Seattle during June 1968 to complete trade.
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