1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers season
|1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers|
Campbell Conference champions
Patrick Division champions
|Goals for||327 (2nd)|
|Goals against||254 (7th)|
|General Manager||Keith Allen|
|Goals||Reggie Leach (50)|
|Assists||Bobby Clarke (57)
Ken Linseman (57)
|Points||Ken Linseman (79)|
|Penalties in minutes||Paul Holmgren (267)|
|Plus/minus||Jimmy Watson (+53)|
|Wins||Pete Peeters (29)|
|Goals against average||Rick 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. The Flyers reached the Stanley Cup Finals but lost in six games to the New York Islanders.
- 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
- 12 External links
On August 10, 1979, Bobby Clarke was named a player-assistant coach. In order to become an assistant coach Clarke had to give up the captaincy due to NHL rules. Mel Bridgman was named Clarke's replacement as team captain on October 11.
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. 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.
|New York Islanders||80||39||28||13||281||247||91|
|New York Rangers||80||38||32||10||308||284||86|
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.
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 offside on the play that resulted in their second goal in Game 6, but the call was not made. Linesman Leon Stickle admitted after the game that he had blown the call.
Schedule and results
|1979–80 regular season|
Legend: Win (2 points) Loss (0 points) Tie (1 point)
|1980 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.
|14, 26||Linseman, KenKen Linseman||21||C||80||22||57||79||26||107||17||4||18||22||40|
|27||Leach, ReggieReggie Leach||29||RW||76||50||26||76||40||28||19||9||7||16||6|
|14, 26||Propp, BrianBrian Propp||20||LW||80||34||41||75||45||54||19||5||10||15||29|
|7||Barber, BillBill Barber||27||LW||79||40||32||72||39||17||19||12||9||21||23|
|16||Clarke, BobbyBobby Clarke||30||C||76||12||57||69||42||65||19||8||12||20||16|
|19||MacLeish, RickRick MacLeish||30||LW||78||31||35||66||23||28||19||9||6||15||2|
|17||Holmgren, PaulPaul Holmgren||24||RW||74||30||35||65||35||267||18||10||10||20||47|
|10||Bridgman, MelMel Bridgman||24||C||74||16||31||47||13||136||19||2||9||11||70|
|2||Dailey, BobBob Dailey||26||D||61||13||26||39||30||71||19||4||13||17||22|
|9||Kelly, BobBob Kelly||29||LW||75||15||20||35||19||122||19||1||1||2||38|
|3||Wilson, BehnBehn Wilson||21||D||61||9||25||34||21||212||19||4||9||13||66|
|11||Ververgaert, DennisDennis Ververgaert||26||RW||58||14||17||31||9||24||2||0||0||0||0|
|15||Hill, AlAl Hill||24||LW||61||16||10||26||14||53||19||3||5||8||19|
|25||Barnes, NormNorm Barnes||26||D||59||4||21||25||23||59||10||0||0||0||8|
|20||Watson, JimmyJimmy Watson||27||D||71||5||18||23||53||51||15||0||4||4||20|
|22||Gorence, TomTom Gorence||22||RW||51||8||13||21||7||15||15||3||3||6||18|
|21, 28||Busniuk, MikeMike Busniuk||28||D||71||2||18||20||39||93||19||2||4||6||23|
|12||Paddock, JohnJohn Paddock||25||LW||32||3||7||10||−4||36||3||2||0||2||0|
|6||Dupont, AndreAndre Dupont||30||D||58||1||7||8||37||107||19||0||4||4||50|
|5||Bathe, FrankFrank Bathe||25||D||47||0||7||7||7||111||1||0||0||0||0|
|29||McIlhargey, JackJack McIlhargey||27||D||26||0||4||4||7||95||9||0||0||0||25|
|23||Gardner, DaveDave Gardner||27||C||2||1||1||2||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|21||Morrison, GaryGary Morrison||24||RW||3||0||2||2||0||0||5||0||1||1||2|
|21||Gillen, DonDon Gillen||19||RW||1||1||0||1||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|34||Patterson, DennisDennis Patterson||30||D||3||0||1||1||−1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|8||Wesley, BlakeBlake Wesley||20||D||2||0||1||1||−3||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|31||Myre, PhilPhil Myre||31||G||41||0||0||0||N/A||37||6||0||0||0||0|
|33||Peeters, PetePete Peeters||22||G||40||0||0||0||N/A||28||13||0||0||0||2|
|30||St. Croix, RickRick St. Croix||25||G||1||0||0||0||N/A||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|31||Myre, PhilPhil Myre||31||41||18||7||15||0||141||.875||3.57||2367||6||5||1||1||16||.920||2.50||384|
|33||Peeters, PetePete Peeters||22||40||29||5||5||1||108||.898||2.73||2373||13||8||5||1||37||.902||2.78||799|
|30||St. Croix, RickRick St. Croix||25||1||1||0||0||0||2||.920||2.00||60||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and records
|Award or honor||Recipient||Notes||Ref|
|Jack Adams Award||Pat Quinn|||
|Lester Patrick Trophy||Bobby Clarke||Former Flyers coach Fred Shero also given award|||
|Selected to NHL All-Star Game||Bill Barber|||
|Reggie Leach||Named All-Star Game Most Valuable Player|
|Barry Ashbee Trophy||Norm Barnes|
|Class Guy Award||Andre Dupont|
- NHL record
- Tied for NHL record
|Assists, playoffs||Game||4[b]||Bob Dailey||5/1/1980||Minnesota North Stars|||
|Points by a defenseman, playoffs||Game||5||Bob Dailey||5/1/1980||Minnesota North Stars|||
|Shorthanded goals scored, playoffs||Series||3||Bill Barber||—||Minnesota North Stars|||
|Shorthanded goals scored, playoffs||Season||3||Bill Barber||—||—|||
|Game-winning goals, playoffs||Season||4[c]||Bill Barber||—||—|||
|Games undefeated at home||Streak||26[d]||10/11/1979 – 2/3/1980||—|||
|Games undefeated||Streak||35[e]||10/14/1979 – 1/6/1980||—|||
|Games undefeated on the road||Streak||16[f]||10/20/1979 – 1/6/1980||—|||
|Powerplay goals against||Game||6||2/19/1980||Colorado Rockies|||
|Fewest road losses||Season||7||—||—|||
|Most home wins, playoffs||Season||9[g]||—||—|
|600th assist||Bobby Clarke||Primary assist on Reggie Leach's even-strength goal at 11:38 of the first period||October 14, 1979|||
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.
|June 7, 1979||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To St. Louis Blues
|August 16, 1979||To Philadelphia Flyers
3rd-round pick in 1981
|To Washington Capitals
|September 4, 1979||To Philadelphia Flyers
conditional 3rd or 4th-round pick in 1981[h]
|To Detroit Red Wings
|January 2, 1980||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Vancouver Canucks
The following players were signed by the Flyers via free agency.
|Date||Player||Previous team (league)||Contract details||Ref|
|August 8, 1979||Dennis Patterson||Maine Mariners (AHL)|||
|September 4, 1979||Fred Williams||Philadelphia Firebirds (AHL)|||
|September 28, 1979||Greg Adams||Victoria Cougars (WHL)|||
|October 10, 1979||Sam St. Laurent||Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)|||
|October 25, 1979||Tim Kerr||Kingston Canadians (OMJHL)|||
|October 28, 1979||Marc-Andre Marchand||Hull Olympiques (QMJHL)||3 years, $210,000|||
|October 31, 1979||Dan Barber||Toronto Marlboros (OMJHL)|
|January 21, 1980||Dave Gardner||Binghamton Dusters (AHL)|||
The following players were re-signed by the Flyers.
|June 12, 1979||Frank Bathe||multi-year|
The Flyers signed the following of their draft picks.
|Date||Player||Previous team (league)||Draft||Contract details||Ref|
|September 4, 1979||Brian Propp||Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)||1979 1st-round pick||multi-year|||
|September 4, 1979||Blake Wesley||Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)||1979 2nd-round pick|||
|September 4, 1979||Lindsay Carson||Billings Bighorns (WHL)||1979 3rd-round pick|||
|September 4, 1979||Don Gillen||Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)||1979 4th-round pick|||
|September 4, 1979||Gord Williams||Lethbridge Broncos (WHL)||1979 6th-round pick|||
|Player||WHA team||Status||How Flyers originally acquired NHL rights||Ref|
|Serge Beaudoin||Birmingham Bulls||Not reclaimed||1972 7th-round pick|||
|Ron Chipperfield||Edmonton Oilers||Not reclaimed||December 11, 1974, trade|||
|John McKenzie||Hartford Whalers||Not reclaimed||August 3, 1972, trade|||
|Michel Parizeau||Edmonton Oilers||Not reclaimed||Claimed off waivers on December 8, 1971|||
|Dennis Sobchuk||Edmonton Oilers||Reclaimed||1974 5th-round pick|||
NHL Expansion Draft
The 1979 NHL Expansion Draft was held on June 13, 1979. 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. Each NHL team placed 15 skaters and 2 goaltenders on a protected list from which the four expansion teams could not select.
The Flyers protected the following players: goaltenders Phil Myre and Rick St. Croix, and skaters Bill Barber, Mel Bridgman, Bobby Clarke, Bob Dailey, Andre Dupont, Paul Evans, Tom Gorence, Al Hill, Paul Holmgren, Bob Kelly, Reggie Leach, Rick MacLeish, Terry Murray, Dennis Ververgaert, and Jimmy Watson.
|5||17||Dave Hoyda||Winnipeg Jets||Flyers added Barry Dean to protected list|
|10||38||Bernie Johnston||Hartford Whalers||Flyers added Dennis Sobchuk to protected list|
|13||49||Jim Cunningham||Winnipeg Jets||Flyers added Gord Garbutt to protected list|
|13||51||M. F. Schurman||Hartford Whalers|
|Date||Player||New team (league)||Via||Ref|
|May 31, 1979||Bernie Parent||—||Retirement|||
|1||14||Propp, BrianBrian Propp||Left Wing||Canada||Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)||1016||425||579||1004||830||&
|2||22||Wesley, BlakeBlake Wesley||Defense||Canada||Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)||298||18||46||64||486||&
|2||35||Lindbergh, PellePelle Lindbergh||Goaltender||Sweden||AIK (Elitserien)||157||0||5||5||10||87||49||15||3.30|
|3||56||Carson, LindsayLindsay Carson||Center||Canada||Billings Bighorns (WHL)||373||66||80||146||524||&
|4||77||Gillen, DonDon Gillen||Right Wing||Canada||Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)||35||2||4||6||22||&
|5||98||Eriksson, ThomasThomas Eriksson||Defense||Sweden||Djurgardens IF (Elitserien)||208||22||76||98||107||&
|6||119||Williams, GordGord Williams||Forward||Canada||Lethbridge Broncos (WHL)||2||0||0||0||2||&
- The alternate captain position was abolished from the 1975–76 season through the 1984–85 season.
- Tied five times by five different players. See List of Philadelphia Flyers records.
- Tied Rick MacLeish's total from the 1973–74 season and subsequently tied by Danny Briere during the 2009–10 season.
- 19 wins and 7 ties.
- 25 wins and 10 ties.
- 11 wins and 5 ties.
- Tied mark set in the 1973–74 season and subsequently tied during the 2009–10 season.
- Received 4th-round pick.
- 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.
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