1977–78 Philadelphia Flyers season

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1977–78 Philadelphia Flyers
Division 2nd Patrick
Conference 2nd Campbell
1977–78 record 45–20–15
Home record 29–6–5
Road record 16–14–10
Goals for 296 (4th)
Goals against 200 (2nd)
Team information
General Manager Keith Allen
Coach Fred Shero
Captain Bobby Clarke
Alternate captains None[a]
Arena Spectrum
Average attendance 17,077[1]
Team leaders
Goals Bill Barber (41)
Assists Bobby Clarke (68)
Points Bobby Clarke (89)
Penalties in minutes Andre Dupont (225)
Plus/minus Bobby Clarke (+47)
Wins Bernie Parent (29)
Goals against average Bernie Parent (2.22)

The 1977–78 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' 11th season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Regular season[edit]

The Flyers lost their hold on the Patrick Division in 1977–78 and settled for second place.

Tom Bladon's 8 points (4 goals and 4 assists) in a game against the Cleveland Barons on December 11 set an NHL record for a defenseman.[2]

Season standings[edit]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 48 17 15 334 210 111
Philadelphia Flyers 80 45 20 15 296 200 105
Atlanta Flames 80 34 27 19 274 252 87
New York Rangers 80 30 37 13 279 280 73

[3]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Playoffs[edit]

After sweeping the Colorado Rockies in 2 games in the preliminary round, the Flyers moved on and beat Buffalo in five games. They faced Boston in the semifinals for the second consecutive season, and lost again, this time in five games.

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

1977–78 regular season

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

Playoffs[edit]

1978 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
16 Clarke, BobbyBobby Clarke 28 C 71 21 68 89 47 83 12 4 7 11 8
7 Barber, BillBill Barber 25 LW 80 41 31 72 31 34 12 6 3 9 2
19 MacLeish, RickRick MacLeish 28 LW 76 31 39 70 24 33 12 7 9 16 4
26 Kindrachuk, OrestOrest Kindrachuk 27 C 73 17 45 62 35 128 12 5 5 10 13
2 Dailey, BobBob Dailey 24 D 76 21 36 57 45 62 12 1 5 6 22
27 Leach, ReggieReggie Leach 27 RW 72 24 28 52 20 24 12 2 2 4 0
18 Lonsberry, RossRoss Lonsberry 30 LW 78 18 30 48 41 45 12 2 2 4 6
10 Bridgman, MelMel Bridgman 22 C 76 16 32 48 26 203 12 1 7 8 36
11 Saleski, DonDon Saleski 28 RW 70 27 18 45 34 44 11 2 0 2 19
3 Bladon, TomTom Bladon 25 D 79 11 24 35 32 57 12 0 2 2 11
17 Holmgren, PaulPaul Holmgren 22 RW 62 16 18 34 23 190 12 1 4 5 26
9 Kelly, BobBob Kelly 27 LW 74 19 13 32 15 95 12 3 5 8 26
29 Dean, BarryBarry Dean 22 LW 56 7 18 25 12 34
5 Lapointe, RickRick Lapointe 22 D 47 4 16 20 35 91 12 0 3 3 19
20 Watson, JimmyJimmy Watson 25 D 71 5 12 17 33 62 12 1 7 8 6
25 McCarthy, KevinKevin McCarthy 20 D 62 2 15 17 29 32 10 0 1 1 8
14 Watson, JoeJoe Watson 34 D 65 5 9 14 23 22 1 0 0 0 0
6 Dupont, AndreAndre Dupont 28 D 69 2 12 14 31 225 12 2 1 3 13
12 Dornhoefer, GaryGary Dornhoefer 34 RW 47 7 5 12 −3 62 4 0 0 0 7
8 Hoyda, DaveDave Hoyda 20 LW 41 1 3 4 −5 119 9 0 0 0 17
22 Bennett, HarveyHarvey Bennettdouble-dagger 25 C 2 1 0 1 1 7
32 Dunlop, BlakeBlake Dunlopdagger 24 C 3 0 1 1 1 0
1 Parent, BernieBernie Parent 32 G 49 0 0 0 N/A 4 12 0 0 0 0
35 Stephenson, WayneWayne Stephenson 33 G 26 0 0 0 N/A 0
30 St. Croix, RickRick St. Croix 23 G 7 0 0 0 N/A 0
15 Hill, AlAl Hill 22 LW 3 0 0 0 0 2
21 Bathe, FrankFrank Bathe 23 D 1 0 0 0 0 0
21 Cunningham, JimJim Cunningham 21 LW 1 0 0 0 1 4
28 Callander, DrewDrew Callander 21 C 1 0 0 0 0 0

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
1 Parent, BernieBernie Parent 32 49 29 6 13 7 108 .912 2.22 2923 12 7 5 0 33 .891 2.74 722
35 Stephenson, WayneWayne Stephenson 33 26 14 10 1 3 68 .892 2.75 1482
30 St. Croix, RickRick St. Croix 23 7 2 4 1 0 20 .894 3.04 395

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

League awards and honors
Award or honor Recipient Ref
Selected to NHL All-Star Game Bill Barber [4]
Tom Bladon
Bobby Clarke
Bob Dailey
Fred Shero (Coach)
Wayne Stephenson
Jim Watson
Team awards[5]
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Jim Watson
Class Guy Award Joe Watson

Records[edit]

  •  dagger  NHL record
  •  double-dagger  Tied for NHL record

Individual[edit]

Franchise player records set during the 1977–78 season
Record Type Total Player Date(s) Opponent Ref
Most goals scored Game 4[b] Tom Bladon 12/11/1977 Cleveland Barons [6]
Most points Game 8 Tom Bladon 12/11/1977 Cleveland Barons [6]
Most points by a defenseman Game 8double-dagger Tom Bladon 12/11/1977 Cleveland Barons [7]
Best plus-minus Game +10dagger Tom Bladon 12/11/1977 Cleveland Barons [8]
Games with an assist Streak 12[c] Bobby Clarke 2/1/1978 – 3/16/1978 [6]

Team[edit]

Franchise team records set during the 1977–78 season
Record Type Total Date(s) Opponent Player(s) Refs
Fastest overtime goal, playoffs Game 0:23 4/11/1978 Colorado Rockies Mel Bridgman [9]

Milestones[edit]

Individual career milestones[10]
Milestone Player Date
500th game played Bernie Parent December 8, 1977

Transactions[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from May 15, 1977, the day after the deciding game of the 1977 Stanley Cup Finals, through May 25, 1978, the day of the deciding game of the 1978 Stanley Cup Finals.[11]

Trades[edit]

Date Details Ref
June 14, 1977 To Philadelphia Flyers
8th-round pick in 1977
9th-round pick in 1977
10th-round pick in 1977
11th-round pick in 1977
To Buffalo Sabres
cash
June 17, 1977 To Philadelphia Flyers
future considerations[d]
To Los Angeles Kings
Steve Short
[12]
August 5, 1977 To Philadelphia Flyers
Barry Dean
To Colorado Rockies
Mark Suzor
[13]
October 28, 1977 To Philadelphia Flyers
Blake Dunlop
3rd-round pick in 1978
To Minnesota North Stars
Harvey Bennett
[14]
November 1, 1977 To Philadelphia Flyers
Terry Murray
To Detroit Red Wings
cash
[15]

Signings[edit]

Free agency[edit]

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

Date Player Previous team (league) Contract details Ref
August 17, 1977 Brian Burke Providence Friars (HE) [16]
September 1977 Jim Cunningham Michigan State Spartans (CCHA) [17]
September 1977 Guy Delparte Oklahoma City Blazers (CHL) [18]
September 7, 1977 Wayne Schaab VEU Feldkirch (Austria)
September 15, 1977 Larry Romanchych Atlanta Flames [19]
September 28, 1977 Bernie Johnston Syracuse Blazers (NAHL) [20]
October 7, 1977 Frank Bathe Port Huron Flags (IHL) [21]
October 23, 1977 Mike Busniuk Nova Scotia Voyageurs (AHL) [22]
October 27, 1977 Grant Cole Springfield Indians (AHL)

Draft picks[edit]

The Flyers signed the following of their draft picks.

Date Player Previous team (league) Draft Contract details Ref
June 30, 1977 Kevin McCarthy Winnipeg Monarchs (WCHL) 1977 1st-round pick 3 years [23]
August 2, 1977 Tom Gorence Minnesota Golden Gophers (WCHA) 1977 2nd-round pick [24]
August 2, 1977 Dave Hoyda Portland Winter Hawks (WCHL) 1977 3rd-round pick [24]

NHL Waiver Draft[edit]

The 1977 NHL Waiver Draft was held on October 10, 1977.[25] Each NHL team placed 18 skaters, 2 goaltenders, and up to 3 additional players with no more than 2 years of pro experience on a protected list from which the other teams could not select.[25] First-year professional players were exempt.[25] The Flyers were not involved in any selections during the draft.[25]

The Flyers protected the following players:[25] goaltenders Bernie Parent and Wayne Stephenson, and skaters Bill Barber, Tom Bladon, Mel Bridgman, Bobby Clarke, Bob Dailey, Barry Dean, Gary Dornhoefer, Paul Holmgren, Bob Kelly, Orest Kindrachuk, Rick Lapointe, Reggie Leach, Ross Lonsberry, Rick MacLeish, Don Saleski, Jimmy Watson, and Joe Watson.

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 Ref
September 1977 Gary Inness Indianapolis Racers (WHA) Free agency [26]

Draft picks[edit]

Philadelphia's picks at the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft, which was held at the NHL's office in Montreal, Quebec, on June 14, 1977.[27]

Players drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1977 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 17 McCarthy, KevinKevin McCarthy Defense  Canada Winnipeg Monarchs (WCHL) 537 67 191 258 527 &
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2 35 Gorence, TomTom Gorence Right Wing  United States Minnesota Golden Gophers (CCHA) 303 58 53 111 89 &
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3 53 Hoyda, DaveDave Hoyda Left Wing  Canada Portland Winter Hawks (WCHL) 132 6 17 23 299 &
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&
4 67 Guillemette, YvesYves Guillemette Goaltender  Canada Shawinigan Dynamos (QMJHL) &
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[e]
4 71 Hamelin, ReneRene Hamelin Right Wing  Canada Shawinigan Dynamos (QMJHL) &
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&
5 89 Clark, DanDan Clark Defense  Canada Kamloops Chiefs (WCHL) 4 0 1 1 6 &
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6 107 Chaput, AlainAlain Chaput Center  Canada Sorel Black Hawks (QMJHL) &
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7 123 Dalpe, RichardRichard Dalpe Center  Canada Trois-Rivières Draveurs (QMJHL) &
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&
8 135 Peeters, PetePete Peeters Goaltender  Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL) 489 0 14 14 212 246 155 51 3.08 [f]
8 136 Eccles, ClintClint Eccles Center  Canada Kamloops Chiefs (WCHL) &
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[g]
8 139 Greeder, MikeMike Greeder Defense  United States St. Paul Vulcans (MJHL) &
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&
9 150 Bauer, TomTom Bauer Wing  United States Providence Friars (HE) &
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[f]
9 151 Bauman, MichaelMichael Bauman Defense  Canada Hull Olympiques (QMJHL) &
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[g]
9 153 Crowder, BruceBruce Crowder Forward  Canada New Hampshire Wildcats (HE) 243 47 51 98 156 &
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10 158 Nicholson, RobRob Nicholson Defense  United States St. Paul Vulcans (MJHL) &
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[f]
10 159 Isherwood, DaveDave Isherwood Center  Canada Winnipeg Monarchs (WCHL) &
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[g]
10 161 Jones, SteveSteve Jones Goaltender  Canada Ohio State Buckeyes (CCHA) &
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&
11 165 Trainor, JimJim Trainor Defense  United States Harvard Crimson (ECAC) &
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[f]
11 166 Duench, BarryBarry Duench Center  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHA) &
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[g]
11 168 McNair, RodRod McNair Defense  Canada Ohio State Buckeyes (CCHA) &
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&
12 172 Laycock, MikeMike Laycock Goaltender  Canada Brown Bears (ECAC) &
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[f]

Farm teams[edit]

The Flyers were affiliated with the Maine Mariners of the AHL[29][30] and the Philadelphia Firebirds of the NAHL.[31]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The alternate captain position was abolished from the 1975–76 season through the 1984–85 season.
  2. ^ Tied fifteen times by eight different players. See List of Philadelphia Flyers records.
  3. ^ Clarke tied his mark set during the 1975–76 season.
  4. ^ The Kings sent Paul Evans to the Flyers on November 3, 1977, to complete trade.[12]
  5. ^ The Flyers traded Dave Schultz to the Los Angeles Kings for the Kings' fourth-round pick, 67th overall, and the Kings' 1978 second-round pick on September 29, 1976.[28]
  6. ^ a b c d e The Flyers traded Bobby Taylor and Ed Van Impe to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Gary Inness and future considerations (the Penguins' eighth through twelfth-round picks) on March 9, 1976.[28]
  7. ^ a b c d The Flyers traded cash to the Buffalo Sabres for the Sabres' eighth through eleventh-round picks on June 14, 1977.[28]

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