1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers season

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1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers
Campbell Conference champions
Patrick Division champions
Division1st Patrick
Conference1st Campbell
1979–80 record48–12–20
Home record27–5–8
Road record21–7–12
Goals for327 (2nd)
Goals against254 (7th)
Team information
PresidentRobert Butera
General ManagerKeith Allen
CoachPat Quinn
CaptainMel Bridgman
Alternate captainsNone[a]
ArenaSpectrum
Average attendance17,077[1]
Minor league affiliate(s)Maine Mariners
Toledo Goaldiggers
Hampton Aces
Team leaders
GoalsReggie Leach (50)
AssistsBobby Clarke (57)
Ken Linseman (57)
PointsKen Linseman (79)
Penalty minutesPaul Holmgren (267)
Plus/minusJimmy Watson (+53)
WinsPete Peeters (29)
Goals against averageRick St. Croix (2.00)

The 1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' 13th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). This team owns the longest unbeaten streak in North American sports history in 35 consecutive games without a loss, from October 14 to January 6.[2][3][4] The Flyers reached the Stanley Cup Finals but lost in six games to the New York Islanders.

Off-season[edit]

On August 10, 1979, Bobby Clarke was named a player-assistant coach.[5] In order to become an assistant coach, Clarke must give up the captaincy due to NHL rules.[6] Mel Bridgman was named Clarke's replacement as team captain on October 11.[7]

Regular season[edit]

The Flyers would go undefeated for a North American professional sports record 35 straight games (25–0–10), a record that still stands to this day.[2] In doing so, the Flyers wrapped up the Patrick Division title with 14 games to spare and the No.1 overall seed in the playoffs.

Season standings[edit]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Philadelphia Flyers 80 48 12 20 327 254 116
New York Islanders 80 39 28 13 281 247 91
New York Rangers 80 38 32 10 308 284 86
Atlanta Flames 80 35 32 13 282 269 83
Washington Capitals 80 27 40 13 261 293 67

[8]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]

The Flyers' regular-season success continued into the playoffs, as the Flyers swept a young Wayne Gretzky and his Edmonton Oilers in the first round, then went on to get revenge against Fred Shero and his Rangers by beating them in five before disposing of Minnesota in five to lock up a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals. Facing the Islanders for the Cup, the Flyers would ultimately lose in six games on Bob Nystrom's overtime Cup-winning goal. The end result of the series was marred by controversy, as the Islanders were arguably offside on the play that resulted in their second goal in Game 6, but no call was made. Linesman Leon Stickle admitted after the game that he had blown the call.[9]

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

1979–80 regular season

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

Playoffs[edit]

1980 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:   Win   Loss

Player statistics[edit]

Scoring[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
14, 26 Ken Linseman 21 C 80 22 57 79 26 107 17 4 18 22 13 40
27 Reggie Leach 29 RW 76 50 26 76 40 28 19 9 7 16 8 6
14, 26 Brian Propp 20 LW 80 34 41 75 45 54 19 5 10 15 12 29
7 Bill Barber 27 LW 79 40 32 72 39 17 19 12 9 21 10 23
16 Bobby Clarke 30 C 76 12 57 69 42 65 19 8 12 20 10 16
19 Rick MacLeish 30 LW 78 31 35 66 23 28 19 9 6 15 1 2
17 Paul Holmgren 24 RW 74 30 35 65 35 267 18 10 10 20 15 47
10 Mel Bridgman 24 C 74 16 31 47 13 136 19 2 9 11 8 70
2 Bob Dailey 26 D 61 13 26 39 30 71 19 4 13 17 9 22
9 Bob Kelly 29 LW 75 15 20 35 19 122 19 1 1 2 −1 38
3 Behn Wilson 21 D 61 9 25 34 21 212 19 4 9 13 6 66
11 Dennis Ververgaert 26 RW 58 14 17 31 9 24 2 0 0 0 −3 0
15 Al Hill 24 LW 61 16 10 26 14 53 19 3 5 8 3 19
25 Norm Barnes 26 D 59 4 21 25 23 59 10 0 0 0 −2 8
20 Jimmy Watson 27 D 71 5 18 23 53 51 15 0 4 4 16 20
22 Tom Gorence 22 RW 51 8 13 21 7 15 15 3 3 6 6 18
21, 28 Mike Busniuk 28 D 71 2 18 20 39 93 19 2 4 6 17 23
12 John Paddock 25 LW 32 3 7 10 −4 36 3 2 0 2 0 0
6 Andre Dupont 30 D 58 1 7 8 37 107 19 0 4 4 21 50
5 Frank Bathe 25 D 47 0 7 7 7 111 1 0 0 0 −1 0
29 Jack McIlhargeydagger 27 D 26 0 4 4 7 95 9 0 0 0 1 25
23 Dave Gardnerdagger 27 C 2 1 1 2 1 0
21 Gary Morrison 24 RW 3 0 2 2 0 0 5 0 1 1 2 2
21 Don Gillen 19 RW 1 1 0 1 1 0
34 Dennis Patterson 30 D 3 0 1 1 −1 0
8 Blake Wesley 20 D 2 0 1 1 −3 2
31 Phil Myre 31 G 41 0 0 0 N/A 37 6 0 0 0 N/A 0
33 Pete Peeters 22 G 40 0 0 0 N/A 28 13 0 0 0 N/A 2
30 Rick St. Croix 25 G 1 0 0 0 N/A 0

Goaltending[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
No. Player Age GP GS W L T SA GA GAA SV% SO TOI GP GS W L SA GA GAA SV% SO TOI
31 Phil Myre 31 41 40 18 7 15 1127 141 3.58 .875 0 2,362:43 6 6 5 1 201 16 2.50 .920 1 383:56
33 Pete Peeters 22 40 39 29 5 5 1061 108 2.73 .898 1 2,370:27 13 13 8 5 377 37 2.79 .902 1 796:57
30 Rick St. Croix 25 1 1 1 0 0 25 2 2.00 .920 0 60:00

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Type Award/honor Recipient Ref
League (annual) Jack Adams Award Pat Quinn [10]
Lester Patrick Trophy[b] Bobby Clarke [11]
Ed Snider
League (in-season) NHL All-Star Game selection Bill Barber [12][13]
Norm Barnes
Reggie Leach[c]
Rick MacLeish
Pete Peeters
Brian Propp
Jimmy Watson
Team Barry Ashbee Trophy Norm Barnes [14]
Class Guy Award Andre Dupont [14]

Records[edit]

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

Individual[edit]

Franchise player records set during the 1979–80 season
Record Type Total Player Date(s) Opponent Ref
Assists, playoffs Game 4[d] Bob Dailey 5/1/1980 Minnesota North Stars [15]
Points by a defenseman, playoffs Game 5 Bob Dailey 5/1/1980 Minnesota North Stars [16]
Shorthanded goals scored, playoffs Series 3double-dagger Bill Barber Minnesota North Stars [17]
Shorthanded goals scored, playoffs Season 3double-dagger Bill Barber [18]
Game-winning goals, playoffs Season 4[e] Bill Barber [18]
Highest plus-minus, playoffs Season +21 Andre Dupont [19]

Team[edit]

Franchise team records set during the 1979–80 season
Record Type Total Date(s) Opponent Refs
Games undefeated at home Streak 26[f] 10/11/1979 – 2/3/1980 [20]
Games undefeated Streak 35dagger[g] 10/14/1979 – 1/6/1980 [20]
Games undefeated on the road Streak 16[h] 10/20/1979 – 1/6/1980 [20]
Powerplay goals against Game 6 2/19/1980 Colorado Rockies [21]
Fewest losses Season 12 [22]
Fewest road losses Season 7 [23]
Most home wins, playoffs Season 9[i]

Milestones[edit]

Individual career milestones[24]
Milestone Player Details Date Ref
600th assist Bobby Clarke Primary assist on Reggie Leach's even-strength goal at 11:38 of the first period October 14, 1979 [25]

Transactions[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from May 22, 1979, the day after the deciding game of the 1979 Stanley Cup Finals, through May 24, 1980, the day of the deciding game of the 1980 Stanley Cup Finals.[26]

Trades[edit]

Date Details Ref
June 7, 1979 To Philadelphia Flyers
Phil Myre
To St. Louis Blues
Blake Dunlop
Rick Lapointe
[27]
August 16, 1979 To Philadelphia Flyers
3rd-round pick in 1981
To Washington Capitals
Wayne Stephenson
[28]
September 4, 1979 To Philadelphia Flyers
conditional 3rd or 4th-round pick in 1981[j]
To Detroit Red Wings
Dennis Sobchuk
[29]
January 2, 1980 To Philadelphia Flyers
Jack McIlhargey
To Vancouver Canucks
cash
[30]

Signings[edit]

Free agency[edit]

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

Date Player Previous team (league) Term Ref
August 8, 1979 Dennis Patterson Maine Mariners (AHL) [31]
September 4, 1979 Fred Williams Philadelphia Firebirds (AHL) [32]
September 28, 1979 Greg Adams Victoria Cougars (WHL) [33]
October 10, 1979 Sam St. Laurent Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL) [34]
October 25, 1979 Tim Kerr Kingston Canadians (OMJHL) [35]
October 28, 1979 Marc-Andre Marchand Hull Olympiques (QMJHL) 3-year [36]
October 31, 1979 Dan Barber Toronto Marlboros (OMJHL)
January 21, 1980 Dave Gardner Binghamton Dusters (AHL) [37]

Internal[edit]

The following players were either re-signed by the Flyers or, in the case of the team's selections in the NHL Entry Draft, signed to contracts.

Date Player Term Ref
June 12, 1979 Frank Bathe multi-year
September 4, 1979 Brian Propp (DP) multi-year [32]
September 4, 1979 Blake Wesley (DP) [32]
September 4, 1979 Lindsay Carson (DP) [32]
September 4, 1979 Don Gillen (DP) [32]
September 4, 1979 Gord Williams (DP) [32]

NHL Reclamation[edit]

The Flyers held the NHL rights to the following five players who had played the previous season in the World Hockey Association (WHA).[38] They reclaimed one player on June 9, 1979.[38]

Philadelphia Flyers held NHL rights to the following WHA players[38]
Player WHA team Status How Flyers originally acquired NHL rights Ref
Serge Beaudoin Birmingham Bulls Not reclaimed 1972 7th-round pick [39]
Ron Chipperfield Edmonton Oilers Not reclaimed December 11, 1974, trade [40]
John McKenzie Hartford Whalers Not reclaimed August 3, 1972, trade [41]
Michel Parizeau Edmonton Oilers Not reclaimed Claimed off waivers on December 8, 1971 [42]
Dennis Sobchuk Edmonton Oilers Reclaimed 1974 5th-round pick [29]

NHL Expansion Draft[edit]

The 1979 NHL Expansion Draft was held on June 13, 1979.[38][43] It featured four World Hockey Association (WHA) teams entering the NHL as expansion teams, the Edmonton Oilers, Hartford Whalers, Quebec Nordiques, and Winnipeg Jets, selecting players from the 17 existing NHL teams.[38] Each NHL team placed 15 skaters and 2 goaltenders on a protected list from which the four expansion teams could not select.[38]

Philadelphia Flyers protection lists at the 1979 NHL Expansion Draft
Status Players
Protected[38] Bill Barber, Mel Bridgman, Bobby Clarke, Bob Dailey, Barry Dean (added after Hoyda selection), Andre Dupont, Paul Evans, Gord Garbutt (added after Cunningham selection), Tom Gorence, Al Hill, Paul Holmgren, Bob Kelly, Reggie Leach, Rick MacLeish, Terry Murray, Phil Myre (G), Dennis Sobchuk (added after Johnston selection), Rick St. Croix (G), Dennis Ververgaert, Jimmy Watson
Selections[38] Winnipeg Jets selected Dave Hoyda in the 5th round (17th overall)
Hartford Whalers selected Bernie Johnston in the 10th round (38th overall)
Winnipeg Jets selected Jim Cunningham in the 13th round (49th overall)
Hartford Whalers selected M. F. Schurman in the 13th round (51st overall)

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
May 31, 1979 Bernie Parent Retirement [44]

Draft picks[edit]

Philadelphia's picks at the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, which was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, on August 9, 1979.[45]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (league) Notes
1 14 Brian Propp Left Wing  Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
2 22 Blake Wesley Defense  Canada Portland Winter Hawks (WHL) [k]
2 35 Pelle Lindbergh Goaltender  Sweden AIK (Elitserien)
3 56 Lindsay Carson Center  Canada Billings Bighorns (WHL)
4 77 Don Gillen Right Wing  Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
5 98 Thomas Eriksson Defense  Sweden Djurgardens IF (Elitserien)
6 119 Gord Williams Forward  Canada Lethbridge Broncos (WHL)

Farm teams[edit]

The Flyers were affiliated with the Maine Mariners of the AHL,[47][48] the Toledo Goaldiggers of the IHL,[49] and the Hampton Aces of the Eastern Hockey League.[49]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The alternate captain position was abolished from the 1975–76 season through the 1984–85 season.
  2. ^ Former Flyers coach Fred Shero also given award
  3. ^ Named All-Star Game Most Valuable Player
  4. ^ Tied five times by five different players. See List of Philadelphia Flyers records.
  5. ^ Tied Rick MacLeish's total from the 1973–74 season and subsequently tied by Danny Briere during the 2009–10 season.
  6. ^ 19 wins and 7 ties.
  7. ^ 25 wins and 10 ties.
  8. ^ 11 wins and 5 ties.
  9. ^ Tied mark set in the 1973–74 season and subsequently tied during the 2009–10 season.
  10. ^ Received 4th-round pick.
  11. ^ The Flyers traded the 1978 second-round pick acquired from the Los Angeles Kings in the 1976 Dave Schultz trade to the Colorado Rockies for the Rockies' 1979 second-round pick, 22nd overall, on June 15, 1978.[46]

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