1971–72 Philadelphia Flyers season

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1971–72 Philadelphia Flyers
Division 5th West
1971–72 record 26–38–14
Home record 19–13–7
Road record 7–25–7
Goals for 200 (14th)
Goals against 236 (7th)
Team information
General Manager Keith Allen
Coach Fred Shero
Captain Ed Van Impe
Alternate captains Jean-Guy Gendron
Arena Spectrum
Average attendance 14,379[1]
Team leaders
Goals Bobby Clarke (35)
Assists Bobby Clarke (46)
Points Bobby Clarke (81)
Penalties in minutes Gary Dornhoefer (183)
Plus/minus Bobby Clarke (+22)
Wins Doug Favell (18)
Goals against average Doug Favell (2.81)

The 1971–72 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' fifth season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers missed the playoffs for the second time in three years.

Off-season[edit]

The Flyers fired head coach Vic Stasiuk on May 27, 1971,[2] after heavy criticism by Flyers players.[3] On June 2, the Flyers hired Fred Shero to replace him.[3] In the previous two seasons Shero had guided two teams to league championships, the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League and the Omaha Knights of the Central Hockey League.[3]

Regular season[edit]

Bobby Clarke continued to progress as he led the team in goals (35), assists (46), and points (81) in 1971–72 and he became the first Flyer to win an NHL award, the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. However, in the season's final game, the Flyers needed a win or a tie against the second-year Buffalo Sabres to beat out the Pittsburgh Penguins for the final playoff spot. The score was tied late in the game, but with just four seconds on the clock, former Flyer Gerry Meehan took a shot from just inside the blue line that eluded Flyers goalie Doug Favell.[4] With identical records the playoff berth was determined by 'goals for' and went to the Penguins.

Season standings[edit]

West Division[5]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Chicago Black Hawks 78 46 17 15 256 166 +90 107
2 Minnesota North Stars 78 37 29 12 212 191 +21 86
3 St. Louis Blues 78 28 39 11 208 247 −39 67
4 Pittsburgh Penguins 78 26 38 14 220 258 −38 66
5 Philadelphia Flyers 78 26 38 14 200 236 −36 66
6 California Golden Seals 78 21 39 18 216 288 −72 60
7 Los Angeles Kings 78 20 49 9 206 305 −99 49


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

1971–72 regular season

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

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
No. Player Age Pos GP G A Pts +/- PIM
16 Clarke, BobbyBobby Clarke 22 C 78 35 46 81 22 87
12 Dornhoefer, GaryGary Dornhoefer 28 RW 75 17 32 49 −15 183
17 Nolet, SimonSimon Nolet 30 RW 67 23 20 43 6 22
22 Foley, RickRick Foleydagger 26 D 58 11 25 36 −16 168
9 Kelly, BobBob Kelly 21 LW 78 14 15 29 16 157
20 Johnson, JimJim Johnsondouble-dagger 29 C 46 13 15 28 −21 12
21 Bernier, SergeSerge Bernierdouble-dagger 24 C 44 12 11 23 −20 51
10, 15 Clement, BillBill Clement 21 C 49 9 14 23 −14 39
5 Hughes, BrentBrent Hughes 28 D 63 2 20 22 6 35
21 Flett, BillBill Flettdagger 28 RW 31 11 10 21 5 26
4 Ashbee, BarryBarry Ashbee 32 D 73 6 14 20 2 75
11 Gendron, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Gendron 37 LW 56 6 13 19 −2 36
25 Potvin, JeanJean Potvindagger 22 D 29 3 12 15 −6 6
18 Lonsberry, RossRoss Lonsberrydagger 24 LW 32 7 7 14 −9 22
7 Parizeau, MichelMichel Parizeaudagger 23 LW 37 2 12 14 −6 10
18 Lesuk, BillBill Lesukdouble-dagger 25 LW 45 7 6 13 −14 31
2 Van Impe, EdEd Van Impe 31 D 73 4 9 13 −8 78
8 Morrison, LewLew Morrison 23 LW 58 5 5 10 −18 26
14 Watson, JoeJoe Watson 28 D 65 3 7 10 −17 38
24 Sarrazin, DickDick Sarrazin 26 RW 28 3 4 7 0 4
20 Joyal, EddieEddie Joyaldagger 31 C 26 3 4 7 −13 8
3, 10 Brossart, WillieWillie Brossart 22 D 42 0 4 4 −7 12
19 MacLeish, RickRick MacLeish 22 C 17 1 2 3 −9 9
15 Mickey, LarryLarry Mickeydouble-dagger 28 RW 14 1 2 3 −5 8
6 Hillman, WayneWayne Hillman 33 D 47 0 3 3 −16 21
23 Keenan, LarryLarry Keenandagger 31 LW 14 1 1 2 −4 2
25 Plante, PierrePierre Plante 20 RW 24 1 0 1 −11 15
1 Favell, DougDoug Favell 26 G 54 0 1 1 N/A 32
10 Wright, LarryLarry Wright 20 C 27 0 1 1 −6 2
19, 23 Hale, LarryLarry Hale 30 D 6 0 1 1 −5 0
19, 24 MacSweyn, RalphRalph MacSweyn 29 D 2 0 1 1 0 0
30 Gamble, BruceBruce Gambledouble-dagger 33 G 24 0 0 0 N/A 2
3 Brown, LarryLarry Browndouble-dagger 24 D 12 0 0 0 −3 2
30 Taylor, BobbyBobby Taylor 27 G 6 0 0 0 N/A 0
24, 30, 34 McLeod, DonDon McLeod 25 G 4 0 0 0 N/A 0
3 Mair, JimJim Mair 25 D 2 0 0 0 −2 0
25 Schultz, DaveDave Schultz 22 LW 1 0 0 0 0 0
23 Drolet, ReneRene Drolet 27 RW 1 0 0 0 0 0
25 Saleski, DonDon Saleski 22 RW 1 0 0 0 −1 0

Goaltenders[edit]

Regular season
No. Player Age GP W L T SO GA SV% GAA MIN
1 Favell, DougDoug Favell 26 54 18 25 9 5 140 .916 2.81 2993
30 Gamble, BruceBruce Gambledouble-dagger 33 24 7 8 2 2 58 .913 2.93 1186
30 Taylor, BobbyBobby Taylor 27 6 1 2 2 0 16 .918 3.00 320
24, 30, 34 McLeod, DonDon McLeod 25 4 0 3 1 0 14 .863 4.64 181

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

League awards and honors
Award or honor Recipient Ref
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Bobby Clarke [6]
Selected to NHL All-Star Game Bobby Clarke [7]
Simon Nolet

Records[edit]

Individual[edit]

Franchise player records set during the 1971–72 season
Record Type Total Player Date(s) Opponent Ref
Goals scored Period 3[a] Bill Flett 3/9/1972 Los Angeles Kings [8]

Team[edit]

Franchise team records set during the 1971–72 season
Record Type Total Date(s) Opponent Player(s) Refs
Powerplay goals scored Game 6[b] 1/9/1972 California Golden Seals [9]
Games winless on road Streak 19[c] 10/23/1971 – 1/27/1972 [10]
Fastest goal from start of period Game 0:08[b] 3/2/1972 Minnesota North Stars Bob Kelly [11]
Most losses on road Season 25 [12]

Milestones[edit]

Franchise firsts[13]
Milestone Player Details Date Ref
30-goal season Bobby Clarke Even-strength goal at 1:37 of the first period against Ken Dryden March 13, 1972 [14]

Transactions[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from May 19, 1971, the day after the deciding game of the 1971 Stanley Cup Finals, through May 11, 1972, the day of the deciding game of the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals.[15]

Trades[edit]

Date Details Ref
June 13, 1971 To Philadelphia Flyers
Larry Mickey
To Los Angeles Kings
Larry Hillman
[16]
September 8, 1971 To Philadelphia Flyers
cash
To Portland Buckaroos (WHL)
Cliff Schmautz
[17]
October 15, 1971 To Philadelphia Flyers
Rick Foley
To Chicago Black Hawks
Andre Lacroix
[18]
November 16, 1971 To Philadelphia Flyers
Larry Keenan
To Buffalo Sabres
Larry Mickey
[19]
January 28, 1972 To Philadelphia Flyers
Bill Flett
Eddie Joyal
Ross Lonsberry
Jean Potvin
To Los Angeles Kings
Serge Bernier
Jim Johnson
Bill Lesuk
[20]

Signings[edit]

Free agency[edit]

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

Date Player Previous team (league) Contract details Ref
July 1971 Orest Kindrachuk Saskatoon Blades (WCHL) [21]
September 11, 1971 Bob Hurlburt Quebec Aces (AHL)

Re-signed[edit]

The following players were re-signed by the Flyers.

Date Player Contract details Ref
August 16, 1971 Bruce Gamble [22]
September 2, 1971 Larry Brown [23]
September 2, 1971 Bob Kelly [23]
September 2, 1971 Rick MacLeish [23]
September 5, 1971 Jim Johnson [24]
September 5, 1971 Lew Morrison [24]
September 5, 1971 Joe Watson [24]
September 7, 1971 Gary Dornhoefer [25]
September 7, 1971 Wayne Hillman [25]
September 7, 1971 Danny Schock [25]
September 7, 1971 Frank Spring [25]
September 7, 1971 Ed Van Impe [25]
September 8, 1971 Serge Bernier [17]
September 8, 1971 Jean-Guy Gendron [17]
September 8, 1971 Bill Lesuk [17]
September 8, 1971 Larry Mickey [17]
September 10, 1971 Andre Lacroix
October 7, 1971 Doug Favell
March 20, 1972 Bobby Clarke 5 years, $500,000 extension [26]

Draft picks[edit]

The Flyers signed the following of their draft picks.

Date Player Previous team (league) Draft Contract details Ref
August 7, 1971 Pierre Plante Drummondville Rangers (QMJHL) 1971 1st-round pick 2 years [26]
N/A Glen Irwin Estevan Bruins (WCHL) 1971 3rd-round pick 2 years [26]
N/A Don McCulloch St. Catharines Black Hawks (OHA) 1971 5th-round pick 2 years [26]
N/A Larry Wright Regina Pats (WCHL) 1971 1st-round pick 2 years [26]

NHL Intra-League Draft[edit]

The 1971 NHL Intra-League Draft was held on June 8, 1971.[27][28] Each NHL team placed 18 skaters and 2 goaltenders on a protected list from which the other teams could not select.[27] It cost $40,000 to make a claim.[27]

Selections involving the Philadelphia Flyers at the 1971 NHL Intra-League Draft[27][29][30][31]
Round Pick Player Selected by Selected from Notes
1 7 Larry Brown Philadelphia Flyers New York Rangers Flyers removed Larry Hillman from protected list
2 14 Frank Spring Philadelphia Flyers Boston Bruins Flyers removed Garry Peters from protected list
Bruins claimed Peters in lieu of cash

NHL Reverse Draft[edit]

The 1971 NHL Reverse Draft was held on June 9, 1971.[32] The Reverse Draft featured American Hockey League (AHL) and Western Hockey League (WHL) teams selecting unprotected players from NHL teams.[32] It cost $15,000 to make a claim.[32]

Selections involving the Philadelphia Flyers at the 1971 NHL Reverse Draft[32][33]
Player Selected by Selected from Notes
Don McLeod Quebec Aces (AHL) Detroit Red Wings Played 4 games with Flyers during 1971–72 season

Waivers[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following waivers transactions.

Date Player Claimed by Claimed from Ref
December 8, 1971 Michel Parizeau Philadelphia Flyers St. Louis Blues [34]
January 28, 1972 Larry Brown Los Angeles Kings Philadelphia Flyers [35]

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
September 20, 1971 Keith Wright Release
February 9, 1972 Bruce Gamble* Retirement Suffered career-ending heart attack during game [36]

Draft picks[edit]

Philadelphia's picks at the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft, which was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, on June 10, 1971.[37]

Players drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1971 and their NHL career regular season statistics
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (league) GP G A Pts PIM W L T GAA Notes
1 8 Wright, LarryLarry Wright Center  Canada Regina Pats (WCHL) 106 4 8 12 19 &
&
&
&
1 9 Plante, PierrePierre Plante Right Wing  Canada Drummondville Rangers (QMJHL) 599 125 172 297 599 &
&
&
&
[d]
3 36 Irwin, GlenGlen Irwin Defense  Canada Estevan Bruins (WCHL) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
4 50 Scharf, TedTed Scharf Right Wing  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHA) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
5 64 McCulloch, DonDon McCulloch Defense  Canada Niagara Falls Flyers (OHA) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
6 78 Bilodeau, YvonYvon Bilodeau Defense  Canada Estevan Bruins (WCHL) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
7 92 Gerrard, BobbyBobby Gerrard Right Wing  Canada Regina Pats (WCHL) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
8 106 Mrazek, JeromeJerome Mrazek Goaltender  Canada Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs (WCHA) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10.00

Farm teams[edit]

The Flyers were affiliated with the Richmond Robins of the AHL,[39][40] the San Diego Gulls of the WHL,[41] and the Jersey Devils and Salem Rebels of the EHL.[41]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Tied nine times by eight different players. See List of Philadelphia Flyers records.
  2. ^ a b Tied during the 1988–89 season.
  3. ^ 15 losses and 4 ties.
  4. ^ The Flyers acquired the 9th overall pick from the Toronto Maple Leafs along with Bruce Gamble and Mike Walton for Bernie Parent and the Flyers' second-round pick, 22nd overall, on January 31, 1971.[38]

References[edit]

General
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  34. ^ "Michel Parizeau – Notes". NHL.com. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  35. ^ "Larry Brown – Notes". NHL.com. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
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