1978–79 Philadelphia Flyers season

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1978–79 Philadelphia Flyers
Division 2nd Patrick
Conference 2nd Campbell
1978–79 record 40–25–15
Home record 26–10–4
Road record 14–15–11
Goals for 281 (8th)
Goals against 248 (3rd)
Team information
General Manager Keith Allen
Coach Bob McCammon (fired)[a]
Pat Quinn[a]
Captain Bobby Clarke
Alternate captains None[b]
Arena Spectrum
Average attendance 17,077[2]
Team leaders
Goals Bill Barber (34)
Reggie Leach (34)
Assists Bobby Clarke (57)
Points Bill Barber (87)
Penalties in minutes Behn Wilson (197)
Plus/minus Blake Dunlop (+27)
Wins Wayne Stephenson (20)
Goals against average Robbie Moore (1.77)

The 1978–79 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' 12th season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Off-season[edit]

Head coach Fred Shero, who had one more year left on his contract, submitted a letter of resignation on May 22, 1978,[3] stating that the Flyers needed a change whether they realized it or not. Flyers management had previously heard rumors about Shero wanting to leave Philadelphia and re-join the New York Rangers organization, and refused to accept his letter of resignation.[4] Shero then signed a $250,000, five-year contract with the Rangers to be their new head coach and general manager, believing he no longer had a contractual agreement to the Flyers.[5] A few weeks after signing Shero, the Rangers gave the Flyers their first-round pick (7th overall) in the 1978 draft and cash as compensation, allowing the Rangers to avoid tampering charges.[4] Bob McCammon, who had just coached the Flyers' first year American Hockey League Maine Mariners farm club to a Calder Cup title, was named Shero's replacement on July 6.[6]

The Flyers acquired the 6th overall pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins for three veterans from their Stanley Cup championship teams — Tom Bladon, Orest Kindrachuk and Ross Lonsberry — on the eve of the draft. The trade gave the Flyers three first-round picks and they selected defenseman Behn Wilson and forwards Ken Linseman and Dan Lucas.

Two other longtime Flyers also left the team during the off-season. Gary Dornhoefer retired and Joe Watson was traded to the Colorado Rockies.

Regular season[edit]

After an eight-game winless streak in January that saw the team drop to last place in the division, McCammon and assistant coach Terry Crisp were fired.[1] Replacing him was Shero's previous assistant coach Pat Quinn, who had replaced McCammon as head coach in Maine.[1] While McCammon returned to Maine and coached the Mariners to a second consecutive Calder Cup title, the Flyers rallied under Quinn and finished in 2nd place.

On February 17, 1979, Bernie Parent suffered a career-ending eye injury in a game against the New York Rangers.[7] An errant stick entered the right eye hole of his mask, causing permanent damage to his vision.[7] After hospitalization, including the complete loss of sight for two weeks, Parent recovered and eventually regained sight, although not at the level required to resume his playing career.[7]

Season standings[edit]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 51 15 14 358 214 116
Philadelphia Flyers 80 40 25 15 281 248 95
New York Rangers 80 40 29 11 316 292 91
Atlanta Flames 80 41 31 8 327 280 90

Playoffs[edit]

Matched-up against the Vancouver Canucks in the preliminary round, the Flyers won the series in three games. The Flyers' season came to an end against Shero's Rangers in a five-game quarterfinal loss.

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

1978–79 regular season

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

Playoffs[edit]

1979 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 Barber, BillBill Barber 26 LW 79 34 46 80 19 22 8 3 4 7 10
16 Clarke, BobbyBobby Clarke 29 C 80 16 57 73 12 68 8 2 4 6 8
10 Bridgman, MelMel Bridgman 23 C 76 24 35 59 14 184 8 1 2 3 17
19 MacLeish, RickRick MacLeish 29 LW 71 26 32 58 4 47 7 0 1 1 0
27 Leach, ReggieReggie Leach 28 RW 76 34 20 54 −3 20 8 5 1 6 0
3 Wilson, BehnBehn Wilson 20 D 80 13 36 49 13 197 5 1 0 1 8
32 Dunlop, BlakeBlake Dunlop 25 C 66 20 28 48 27 16 8 1 1 2 4
2 Dailey, BobBob Dailey 25 D 70 9 30 39 21 63 8 1 2 3 14
9 Kelly, BobBob Kelly 28 LW 77 7 31 38 15 132 8 1 1 2 10
17 Holmgren, PaulPaul Holmgren 23 RW 57 19 10 29 2 168 8 1 5 6 22
26 Linseman, KenKen Linseman 20 C 30 5 20 25 16 23 8 2 6 8 22
20 Watson, JimmyJimmy Watson 26 D 77 9 13 22 11 52 8 0 2 2 2
5 Lapointe, RickRick Lapointe 23 D 77 3 18 21 15 53 7 0 1 1 14
22 Gorence, TomTom Gorence 21 RW 42 13 6 19 16 10 7 3 1 4 0
29 Dean, BarryBarry Dean 23 LW 30 4 13 17 −1 20
11 Saleski, DonDon Saleskidouble-dagger 29 RW 35 11 5 16 3 14
28, 43 Ververgaert, DennisDennis Ververgaertdagger 25 RW 37 9 7 16 −4 6 3 0 2 2 2
15, 37 Hill, AlAl Hill 23 LW 31 5 11 16 5 28 7 1 0 1 2
8 Hoyda, DaveDave Hoyda 21 LW 67 3 13 16 2 138 3 0 0 0 0
6 Dupont, AndreAndre Dupont 29 D 77 3 9 12 21 135 8 0 0 0 17
23 Evans, PaulPaul Evans 24 C 44 6 5 11 −3 12
18 Preston, YvesYves Preston 22 LW 9 3 1 4 −2 0
31, 38 Bathe, FrankFrank Bathe 24 D 21 1 3 4 9 76 6 1 0 1 12
28 Callander, DrewDrew Callanderdouble-dagger 22 C 15 2 1 3 −1 5
25 McCarthy, KevinKevin McCarthydouble-dagger 21 D 22 1 2 3 2 21
1 Parent, BernieBernie Parent 33 G 36 0 2 2 N/A 8
15 Lucas, DannyDanny Lucas 20 LW 6 1 0 1 −2 0
35 Stephenson, WayneWayne Stephenson 34 G 40 0 1 1 N/A 2 4 0 0 0 5
39 Moore, RobbieRobbie Mooredagger 24 G 5 0 1 1 N/A 0 5 0 1 1 2
24 Murray, TerryTerry Murray 28 D 5 0 0 0 0 5
33 Peeters, PetePete Peeters 21 G 5 0 0 0 N/A 6
30 St. Croix, RickRick St. Croix 24 G 2 0 0 0 N/A 0
44 Cochrane, GlenGlen Cochrane 21 D 1 0 0 0 −2 0
25 Barnes, NormNorm Barnes 25 D 2 0 0 0 0

Goaltenders[edit]

  • dagger = Joined team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, signing) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
Regular season Playoffs
No. Player Age GP W L T SO GA SV% GAA MIN GP W L SO GA SV% GAA MIN
35 Stephenson, WayneWayne Stephenson 34 40 20 10 5 2 122 .871 3.35 2187 4 0 3 0 16 .843 4.51 213
1 Parent, BernieBernie Parent 33 36 16 12 7 4 89 .893 2.70 1979
39 Moore, RobbieRobbie Mooredagger 24 5 3 0 1 2 7 .929 1.77 237 5 3 2 0 18 .838 4.03 268
33 Peeters, PetePete Peeters 21 5 1 2 1 0 16 .853 3.43 280
30 St. Croix, RickRick St. Croix 24 2 0 1 1 0 6 .889 3.08 117

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

League awards and honors
Award or honor Recipient Notes Ref
NHL Second All-Star Team Bill Barber (Left Wing) [8]
Selected to Challenge Cup Bill Barber Played in all 3 games [9]
Bobby Clarke Played in all 3 games
Team awards[10]
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Bob Dailey
Class Guy Award Bernie Parent

Records[edit]

Individual[edit]

Franchise player records set during the 1978–79 season
Record Type Total Player Date(s) Opponent Ref
Penalties in minutes Game 55 Frank Bathe 3/11/1979 Los Angeles Kings [11]
Points by a rookie defenseman Season 49 Behn Wilson [12]

Team[edit]

Franchise team records set during the 1978–79 season
Record Type Total Date(s) Opponent Player(s) Refs
Fastest three goals Game 0:35 3/1/1979 Boston Bruins Behn Wilson [13]
Blake Dunlop
Al Hill
Goals against Period 6[c] 4/24/1979 New York Rangers [14]

Transactions[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from May 26, 1978, the day after the deciding game of the 1978 Stanley Cup Finals, through May 21, 1979, the day of the deciding game of the 1979 Stanley Cup Finals.[15]

Trades[edit]

Date Details Ref
June 2, 1978[d] To Philadelphia Flyers
1st-round pick in 1978
cash
To New York Rangers
Fred Shero
[16]
June 14, 1978 To Philadelphia Flyers
1st-round pick in 1978
future considerations[e]
To Pittsburgh Penguins
Tom Bladon
Orest Kindrachuk
Ross Lonsberry
[17]
June 15, 1978 To Philadelphia Flyers
2nd-round pick in 1979
To Colorado Rockies
2nd-round pick in 1978
June 15, 1978 To Philadelphia Flyers
10th-round pick in 1978
11th-round pick in 1978
To Buffalo Sabres
cash
June 15, 1978 To Philadelphia Flyers
12th-round pick in 1978
To Chicago Black Hawks
cash
August 31, 1978 To Philadelphia Flyers
cash
To Colorado Rockies
Joe Watson
[18]
December 29, 1978 To Philadelphia Flyers
Dennis Ververgaert
To Vancouver Canucks
Drew Callander
Kevin McCarthy
[19]
March 3, 1979 To Philadelphia Flyers
future considerations
To Colorado Rockies
Don Saleski
[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
September 1978 M. F. Schurman Spokane Flyers (WIHL) [21]
October 9, 1978 Yves Preston Milwaukee Admirals (IHL) [22]
November 7, 1978 Robbie Moore Western Ontario Mustangs (OUAA) [23]
November 20, 1978 Reid Bailey Port Huron Flags (IHL) [24]

NHL Waiver Draft[edit]

The 1978 NHL Waiver Draft was held on October 9, 1978.[25] Each NHL team placed 18 skaters, 2 goaltenders, and up to 2 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]

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
N/A Gary Dornhoefer Retirement [26]
July 19, 1978 Brian Burke Retirement
July 22, 1978 Mike Korney St. Louis Blues Free agency [27]

Draft picks[edit]

Philadelphia's picks at the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft, which was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, on June 15, 1978.[28]

Players drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1978 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 6 Wilson, BehnBehn Wilson Defense  Canada Kingston Canadians (OHA) 601 98 260 358 1480 &
&
&
&
[f]
1 7 Linseman, KenKen Linseman Forward  Canada Birmingham Bulls (WHA) 860 256 551 807 1727 &
&
&
&
[g]
1 14 Lucas, DanDan Lucas Wing  Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHA) 6 1 0 1 0 &
&
&
&
2 33 Simurda, MikeMike Simurda Right Wing  Canada Kingston Canadians (OHA) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
3 37 Salt, GordGord Salt Right Wing  Canada Michigan Tech Huskies (WCHA) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
[h]
3 50 Cochrane, GlenGlen Cochrane Defense  Canada Victoria Cougars (WCHL) 411 17 72 89 1556 &
&
&
&
4 67 Wilderman, RussRuss Wilderman Center  Canada Seattle Breakers (WCHL) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
5 83 Tamblyn, BradBrad Tamblyn Defense  Canada Toronto Marlboros (OHA) &
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&
&
&
&
&
&
&
6 100 Taylor, MarkMark Taylor Forward  Canada North Dakota Fighting Sioux (WCHA) 209 42 68 110 73 &
&
&
&
7 117 Ewanouski, MikeMike Ewanouski Right Wing  United States Boston College Eagles (HE) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
8 126 Price, JerryJerry Price Goaltender  Canada Portland Winter Hawks (WCHL) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
[f]
8 134 Switzer, DarreDarre Switzer Left Wing  Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL) &
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&
&
&
&
&
&
&
9 151 Francis, GregGreg Francis Defense  Canada St. Lawrence Saints (ECAC) &
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&
&
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&
&
&
10 167 Berard, RickRick Berard Defense  Canada Saint Mary's Huskies (CIAU) &
&
&
&
&
&
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&
[i]
10 168 Lucia, DonDon Lucia Defense  United States Notre Dame Fighting Irish (CCHA) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
11 182 Berge, MikeMike Berge Forward  United States North Dakota Fighting Sioux (WCHA) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
[i]
11 183 Moore, KenKen Moore Goaltender  United States Clarkson Golden Knights (ECAC) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
12 195 Olson, JimJim Olson Right Wing  United States St. Paul Vulcans (USHL) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
[j]
12 198 Stastny, AntonAnton Stastny Forward  Slovakia Bratislava (CFIHL) 650 252 384 636 150 &
&
&
&
[k]

Farm teams[edit]

The Flyers were affiliated with the Maine Mariners of the AHL,[31][32] the Milwaukee Admirals of the IHL,[33] and the Jersey Aces of the NEHL.[33]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b McCammon was fired on January 30 and replaced by Quinn.[1]
  2. ^ The alternate captain position was abolished from the 1975–76 season through the 1984–85 season.
  3. ^ Tied during 1988–89 season.
  4. ^ The Flyers received the draft pick and cash as compensation for the Rangers hiring Shero as general manager and head coach.[16]
  5. ^ The Flyers later received the Penguins' 1978 8th-round pick.
  6. ^ a b The Flyers acquired the 6th overall pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins along with future considerations (Penguins' eighth-round pick, 126th overall) for Tom Bladon, Ross Lonsberry and Orest Kindrachuk on June 14, 1978.[29]
  7. ^ The Flyers received the 7th overall pick from the New York Rangers in exchange for the right to hire head coach Fred Shero on June 2, 1978.[29]
  8. ^ The Flyers traded Harvey Bennett to the Minnesota North Stars for Blake Dunlop and the North Stars' third-round pick, 37th overall, on October 28, 1977.[29]
  9. ^ a b The Flyers traded cash to the Buffalo Sabres for the Sabres' tenth and eleventh-round picks on June 15, 1978.[29]
  10. ^ The Flyers traded cash to the Chicago Black Hawks for the Black Hawks' twelfth-round pick, 195th overall, on June 15, 1978.[29]
  11. ^ Draft pick was ruled invalid after it was determined Stastny was too young to be drafted.[30]

References[edit]

General
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  12. ^ 2016–2017 Philadelphia Flyers Media Guide, p. 263
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  14. ^ 2016–2017 Philadelphia Flyers Media Guide, p. 349
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  18. ^ "Joe Watson - Notes". NHL.com. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Dennis Ververgaert - Notes". NHL.com. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Donald Saleski - Notes". NHL.com. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Maynard Schurman - Notes". NHL.com. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Yves Preston - Notes". NHL.com. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Robert Moore - Notes". NHL.com. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Reid Bailey - Notes". NHL.com. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
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  30. ^ "1978 NHL Amateur Draft -- Anton Stastny". Hockey Draft Central. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
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  33. ^ a b "Non-AHL Affiliates". P. Anson. Flyers History. Retrieved October 26, 2013.