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1967–68 Philadelphia Flyers · NHL
West Division Champions
Division 1st West
1967–68 record 31–32–11
Home record 17–13–7
Road record 14–19–4
Goals for 173
Goals against 179
General Manager Bud Poile
Coach Keith Allen
Captain Lou Angotti
Alternate captains Bill Sutherland
Ed Van Impe
Arena The Spectrum
Madison Square Garden[1]
Maple Leaf Gardens[1]
Le Colisée[1]
Average attendance 9,625[2]
Team leaders
Goals Leon Rochefort (21)
Assists Lou Angotti (37)
Points Lou Angotti (49)
Penalties in minutes Ed Van Impe (141)
Wins Bernie Parent (16)
Goals against average Doug Favell (2.27)

The 1967–68 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' inaugural season and the first National Hockey League (NHL) season in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since the Philadelphia Quakers' 1930–31 season.

Philadelphia waited almost 35 years from when the Quakers' played their last home game (a 4–0 loss to Chicago on March 17, 1931) for the NHL to return when the city was awarded an expansion franchise on February 9, 1966. Philadelphia was a bit of a surprise choice since a group from the nearby city of Baltimore were considered favorites to land a team.[3]

Ed Snyder

Ed Snider's plaque in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The man who often receives the most credit for bringing NHL hockey back to Philadelphia is Ed Snider. While attending a basketball game in 1964 at the Boston Garden, the then vice-president of the Philadelphia Eagles observed a crowd of Boston Bruins fans lining up to purchase tickets to see a last-place team.[4] Intrigued, he began making plans for a new arena upon hearing the NHL was looking to expand due to fears of a competing league taking hold on the West Coast and the desire for a new television contract in the United States. Snider made his proposal to the league and the Philadelphia group — including Snider, Bill Putnam, Jerome Schiff, and Eagles owner Jerry Wolman — was chosen over the Baltimore group.

On April 4, 1966, Putnam announced there would be a name-the-team contest and that orange, black and white would be the team colors.[5] Wanting what he referred to as "hot" colors, Putnam's choice was influenced by the orange and white of his alma mater, the University of Texas, and the orange and black of Philadelphia's previous NHL team, the Quakers.[5] Also announced on April 4 was the hiring of a Chicago firm to design the team's arena.[5]

Details of the name-the-team contest were released on July 12, 1966.[5] As sponsor of the contest, ballots were available at local Acme Markets grocery stores and included a top prize of a RCA 21" color television, two season tickets for both the second and third prize winners, and a pair of tickets to a game for the next 100 winners.[5] Among the names considered behind the scenes were Quakers, Ramblers, and Liberty Bells.[5] The first two were the names of previous Philadelphia hockey teams and given the connotations of losing (Quakers) and the minor leagues (Ramblers), were passed over. Liberty Bells, though seriously considered, was also the name of a local race track. Bashers, Blizzards, Bruisers, Huskies, Keystones, Knights, Lancers, Raiders, and Sabres were among the other names considered.[5]

Flyers-logo

The flying P has been the Flyers' primary logo since the beginning.

It was Ed Snider's sister Phyllis who ended up naming the team when she suggested Flyers on a return trip from a Broadway play.[5] Ed knew immediately it would be the winning name, since it captured the speed of the game and went well phonetically with Philadelphia. On August 3, 1966, the team name was announced.[5] Of the 11,000 ballots received, more than 100 selected Flyers as the team name and were entered into a drawing to select a winner. 9-year-old boy Alec Stockard from Narberth, Pennsylvania, who had spelled it "Fliers" on his entry,[5][6] won the drawing and was declared the winner.

With the name and colors already known, Philadelphia advertising firm Mel Richmann Inc. was hired to design a logo and jersey.[5] With Tom Paul as head of the project, artist Sam Ciccone designed both the logo and jerseys with the concept to represent speed.[5] Ciccone's winged P design, four stylized wings attached to a slanted P with an orange dot to represent a puck, was considered the "obvious choice" over his other designs which included a winged skate.[5] Ciccone's jersey design, a stripe down each shoulder and down the arms, represented wings.[5]

The men hired to build the expansion Flyers were Bud Poile as General Manager and Keith Allen as Head Coach. Both were former NHL players and were Western Hockey League coaches in the years preceding expansion, Poile with the San Francisco Seals and Allen with the Seattle Totems. On May 8, 1967, the Flyers purchased the American Hockey League's Quebec Aces and with them acquired the NHL rights to eleven players, including Bill Sutherland and Ed Hoekstra. The NHL Expansion Draft was held a month later on June 6. The six expansion franchises selected 20 players from the Original Six teams, though most of the players available were either aging veterans or career minor-leaguers before expansion occurred. Among the Flyers' 20 selections were Bernie Parent, Doug Favell, Ed Van Impe, Joe Watson, Lou Angotti (who would be named the Flyers' first captain), Leon Rochefort, and Gary Dornhoefer. The following day, the Flyers made two selections in the 1967 NHL Amateur Draft, notably Serge Bernier 5th overall from the Sorel Éperviers.

The Flyers made their debut on October 11, 1967, losing 5–1 on the road to the California Seals.[7] Bill Sutherland scored the first goal in franchise history. They won their first game a week later, defeating the St. Louis Blues on the road, 2–1.[8] The Flyers made their home debut in front of a crowd of 7,812, shutting out their trans-Pennsylvania rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins, 1–0 on October 19.[9] The Flyers' top goal scorer that first season, Leon Rochefort, scored only 21 times. With all six expansion teams grouped into the same division, the Flyers were able to win the division with a below .500 record and after being forced to play their last seven home games on the road due to a March 1st storm blowing parts of the Spectrum's roof off.[1]

The Flyers returned to The Spectrum in time to open up their first playoff series on April 4, 1968 against the St. Louis Blues. The Blues came into the series as underdogs, but they took Game 1, 1–0. Pat Hannigan scored the Flyers first ever playoff goal 1:32 into the first period of Game 2. Tied going into the third period, Leon Rochefort's goal with 13:09 left proved to be the game winner in a 4–3 result. The series shifted to St. Louis and the Flyers lost both Games 3 and 4. With the Flyers on the verge of elimination, Rosaire Paiement scored a hat trick in Game 5 and the Flyers won 6–1. Returning to St. Louis for Game 6, Don Blackburn’s goal with 8:42 left in the 2nd overtime forced a Game 7. However, the Flyers lost Game 7 by a score of 3–1.


Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

West Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Philadelphia Flyers 74 31 32 11 173 179 73
Los Angeles Kings 74 31 33 10 200 224 72
St. Louis Blues 74 27 31 16 177 191 70
Minnesota North Stars 74 27 32 15 191 226 69
Pittsburgh Penguins 74 27 34 13 195 216 67
Oakland Seals 74 15 42 17 153 219 47


Game logEdit

1967–68 Game Log

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

PlayoffsEdit

Game logEdit

1968 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
# Player GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
7 Lou Angotti 70 12 37 49 35 7 0 0 0 2
12 Gary Dornhoefer 65 13 30 43 134 3 0 0 0 15
9 Leon Rochefort 74 21 21 42 16 7 2 0 2 2
18 Ed Hoekstra 70 15 21 36 6 7 0 1 1 0
10 Brit Selby 56 15 15 30 24 7 1 1 2 4
11 Bill Sutherland 60 20 9 29 6 7 1 3 4 0
8 Don Blackburn 67 9 20 29 23 7 3 0 3 8
22 Forbes Kennedy 73 10 18 28 130 7 1 4 5 14
14 Pat Hannigan 65 11 15 26 36 7 1 2 3 9
16 Claude LaForge 63 9 16 25 36 5 1 2 3 15
4 John Miszuk 74 5 17 22 79 7 0 3 3 11
3 Joe Watson 73 5 14 19 56 7 1 1 2 28
2 Ed Van Impe 67 4 13 17 141 7 0 4 4 11
15 Andre Lacroix 18 6 8 14 6 7 2 3 5 0
15 Garry Peters 31 7 5 12 22 - - - - -
5 Jean Gauthier 65 5 7 12 74 7 1 3 4 6
24 Larry Zeidel 57 1 10 11 68 7 0 1 1 12
17 Wayne Hicks 32 2 7 9 6 - - - - -
19 Art Stratton 12 0 4 4 4 5 0 0 0 0
21 Jim Johnson 13 2 1 3 2 - - - - -
20 Rosaire Paiement 7 1 0 1 11 3 3 0 3 0
30 Bernie Parent (G) 38 0 1 1 2 5 0 0 0 0
20 Jean-Guy Gendron 1 0 1 1 2 - - - - -
1 Doug Favell (G) 37 0 0 0 37 2 0 0 0 5
6 John Hanna 15 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
19 Ralph MacSweyn 4 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
21 Simon Nolet 4 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
20 Keith Wright 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
24 Terry Ball 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
21 Dwight Carruthers 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
19 Roger Pelletier 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Bench 8

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Flyers. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
Traded mid-season
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
# Player GP TOI W L T GA SO Sv% GAA GP TOI W L GA SO Sv% GAA
30 Bernie Parent 38 2248 16 17 5 93 4 .926 2.48 5 355 2 3 8 0 .963 1.35
1 Doug Favell 37 2192 15 15 6 83 4 .931 2.27 2 120 1 1 8 0 .871 4.00

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

NHL
Award Recipient
All-Star Game representative Leon Rochefort

MilestonesEdit

Player Milestone Reached
Lou Angotti
Jean Gauthier
Wayne Hicks
John Miszuk
Bernie Parent
Brit Selby
First Flyers players[10] October 11, 1967
Lou Angotti
Jean Gauthier
First Flyers penalty October 11, 1967
Bill Sutherland First Flyers goal October 11, 1967
Leon Rochefort
John Miszuk
First Flyers assists October 11, 1967
Ed Hoekstra First Flyers game winning goal October 18, 1967
Doug Favell First Flyers shutout October 19, 1967
Leon Rochefort First Flyers hat trick November 4, 1967
Leon Rochefort First Flyers 20 goal season February 29, 1968
Pat Hannigan First Flyers playoff goal April 6, 1968
Leon Rochefort First Flyers playoff game winning goal April 6, 1968

TransactionsEdit

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions before/during the 1967–68 season.

TradesEdit

September 1, 1967
To Philadelphia Flyers
Al Millar
To Toronto Maple Leafs
cash
October 1, 1967
To Philadelphia Flyers
Dick Sarrazin
To Detroit Red Wings
cash
October 18, 1967
To Philadelphia Flyers
Rosaire Paiement
To Boston Bruins
1st round pick in 1970
October 23, 1967
To Philadelphia Flyers
Larry Zeidel
To Cleveland Barons (AHL)
cash
February 27, 1968
To Philadelphia Flyers
Art Stratton
To Pittsburgh Penguins
Wayne Hicks

Other transactionsEdit

Date Player Team (League) Notes
Acquired via purchase of Quebec Aces
May 8, 1967 Rene Drolet Quebec (AHL)
May 8, 1967 Jean-Guy Gendron Quebec (AHL)
May 8, 1967 John Hanna Quebec (AHL)
May 8, 1967 Wayne Hicks Quebec (AHL)
May 8, 1967 Ed Hoekstra Quebec (AHL)
May 8, 1967 Andre Lacroix Quebec (AHL)
May 8, 1967 Claude LaForge Quebec (AHL)
May 8, 1967 Ralph MacSweyn Quebec (AHL)
May 8, 1967 Simon Nolet Quebec (AHL)
May 8, 1967 Roger Pelletier Quebec (AHL)
May 8, 1967 Bill Sutherland Quebec (AHL)
Selected in Expansion Draft
June 6, 1967 Bernie Parent Boston (NHL)
June 6, 1967 Doug Favell Boston (NHL)
June 6, 1967 Ed Van Impe Chicago (NHL)
June 6, 1967 John Miszuk Chicago (NHL)
June 6, 1967 Joe Watson Boston (NHL)
June 6, 1967 Dick Cherry Boston (NHL)
June 6, 1967 Jean Gauthier Montreal (NHL)
June 6, 1967 Terry Ball New York (NHL)
June 6, 1967 Brit Selby Toronto (NHL)
June 6, 1967 Lou Angotti Chicago (NHL)
June 6, 1967 Leon Rochefort Montreal (NHL)
June 6, 1967 Don Blackburn Toronto (NHL)
June 6, 1967 Gary Dornhoefer Boston (NHL)
June 6, 1967 Forbes Kennedy Boston (NHL)
June 6, 1967 Pat Hannigan Toronto (NHL)
June 6, 1967 Dwight Carruthers Detroit (NHL)
June 6, 1967 Bob Courcy Montreal (NHL)
June 6, 1967 Keith Wright Boston (NHL)
June 6, 1967 Garry Peters Montreal (NHL)
June 6, 1967 Jim Johnson New York (NHL)

Draft picksEdit

Philadelphia's picks at the 1967 NHL Amateur Draft in Montreal, Quebec.[11]

Rnd # Player Position Nationality Drafted from
1 5 Serge Bernier Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sorel Éperviers (QJHL)
2 14 Al Sarault Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Pembroke (Ontario Jr. A)

Farm teamsEdit

The Flyers were affiliated with the Quebec Aces of the AHL, whom they purchased on May 8, 1967, the Seattle Totems of the WHL, and the Knoxville Knights of the EHL.[12] Quebec finished second in their division and made it to the Calder Cup Finals before losing to the Rochester Americans in six games. Head coach Vic Stasiuk was awarded the Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award as coach of the year and Simon Nolet won the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as the league's leading scorer.[13] Seattle finished 2nd in the 5-team WHL and won the Lester Patrick Cup as league champions. Knoxville finished 9th in the 12-team EHL and missed the playoffs in what proved to be their final season in existence.

Game AdsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 News: This Date In Flyers History... March 1, 1968... Roof Blows Off Of Spectrum. PhiladelphiaFlyers.com (2005). Retrieved on 2007-10-27.
  2. FlyersHistory.net, All Time Team Attendance
  3. FlyersHistory.net, Philadelphia Gets NHL Expansion Team.
  4. FlyersHistory.net, Ed Snider's Flyers Hall of Fame Profile.
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 Flyers History - Flyers Jersey History Gallery. FlyersHistory.net. Retrieved on 2008-09-09.
  6. Professional Hockey Server, Origins of NHL Team Names
  7. FlyersHistory.net, Flyers First Ever Game.
  8. FlyersHistory.net, Flyers First Ever Win.
  9. FlyersHistory.net, Flyers First Home Game.
  10. On ice for opening faceoff of the opening game
  11. hockeydb.com, 1967 NHL Amateur Draft
  12. FlyersHistory.net, Non-AHL Affiliates
  13. FlyersHistory.net, AHL Season Overview: 1967–68
Philadelphia Flyers
Team HistoryPlayersAward WinnersRecordsSeasonsDraft PicksThe SpectrumWachovia Center
Head Coaches Allen • Stasiuk • Shero • McCammon • Quinn • McCammon • Keenan • Holmgren • Dineen • Simpson • Murray • Cashman • Neilson • Ramsay • Barber • Hitchcock • Stevens
Division titles 1967-68, 1973-74, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1979-80, 1982-83, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1999-2000, 2001-02, 2003-04
Conference Championships 1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1979-80, 1984-85, 1986-87, 1996-97
Stanley Cups 1973-74, 1974-75
Affiliates Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL), Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)


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