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1971–72 Philadelphia Flyers · NHL
Division 5th West
1971–72 record 26–38–14
Home record 19–13–7
Road record 7–25–7
Goals for 200
Goals against 236
General Manager Keith Allen
Coach Fred Shero
Captain Ed Van Impe
Alternate captains Jean-Guy Gendron
Arena The Spectrum
Average attendance 14,379[1]
Team leaders
Goals Bobby Clarke (35)
Assists Bobby Clarke (46)
Points Bobby Clarke (81)
Penalties in minutes Gary Dornhoefer (183)
Wins Doug Favell (18)
Goals against average Doug Favell (2.81)

The 1971–72 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' fifth season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Bobby Clarke continued to progress as he led the team in goals (35), assists (46), and points (81) in 1971–72 and he became the first Flyer to win an NHL award, the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. However, in the season's final game, the Flyers needed a win or a tie against the second-year Buffalo Sabres to beat out Pittsburgh for the final playoff spot. The score was tied late in the game, but with just four seconds on the clock, former Flyer Gerry Meehan took a shot from 80 feet away that somehow eluded Flyers goalie Doug Favell.[2] The Flyers lost the tiebreaker to Pittsburgh and missed out on the playoffs for the second time in three years.

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

West Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Chicago Black Hawks 78 46 17 15 256 166 107
Minnesota North Stars 78 37 29 12 212 191 86
St. Louis Blues 78 28 39 11 208 247 67
Pittsburgh Penguins 78 26 38 14 220 258 66
Philadelphia Flyers 78 26 38 14 200 236 66
California Golden Seals 78 21 39 18 216 288 60
Los Angeles Kings 78 20 49 9 206 305 49


Game logEdit

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

1971–72 game log

PlayoffsEdit

The Flyers did not qualify for the post-season.

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
Bobby Clarke 16 78 35 46 81 87 - - - - -
Gary Dornhoefer 12 75 17 32 49 183 - - - - -
Simon Nolet 17 67 23 20 43 22 - - - - -
Rick Foley 22 58 11 25 36 168 - - - - -
Bob Kelly 9 78 14 15 29 157 - - - - -
Jim Johnson 20 46 13 15 28 12 - - - - -
Serge Bernier 21 44 12 11 23 51 - - - - -
Bill Clement 15 49 9 14 23 39 - - - - -
Brent Hughes 5 63 2 20 22 35 - - - - -
Bill Flett 21 31 11 10 21 26 - - - - -
Barry Ashbee 4 73 6 14 20 75 - - - - -
Jean-Guy Gendron 11 56 6 13 19 36 - - - - -
Jean Potvin 25 29 3 12 15 6 - - - - -
Ross Lonsberry 18 32 7 7 14 22 - - - - -
Michel Parizeau 7 37 2 12 14 10 - - - - -
Bill Lesuk 18 45 7 6 13 31 - - - - -
Ed Van Impe 2 73 4 9 13 78 - - - - -
Lew Morrison 8 58 5 5 10 26 - - - - -
Joe Watson 14 65 3 7 10 38 - - - - -
Dick Sarrazin 24 28 3 4 7 4 - - - - -
Eddie Joyal 20 26 3 4 7 8 - - - - -
Willie Brossart 3 42 0 4 4 12 - - - - -
Rick MacLeish 19 17 1 2 3 9 - - - - -
Larry Mickey 15 14 1 2 3 8 - - - - -
Wayne Hillman 6 47 0 3 3 21 - - - - -
Larry Keenan 23 14 1 1 2 2 - - - - -
Pierre Plante 25 24 1 0 1 15 - - - - -
Doug Favell (G) 1 54 0 1 1 32 - - - - -
Larry Wright 10 27 0 1 1 2 - - - - -
Larry Hale 23 6 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Ralph MacSweyn 19 2 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Bruce Gamble (G) 30 24 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Larry Brown 3 12 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Bobby Taylor (G) 30 6 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Don McLeod (G) 30 4 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Jim Mair 3 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Dave Schultz 25 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Rene Drolet 23 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Don Saleski 25 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Bench X 14

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
Doug Favell 1 54 2993 18 25 9 140 5 .916 2.81 - - - - - - - -
Bruce Gamble 30 24 1186 7 8 2 58 2 .913 2.93 - - - - - - - -
Bobby Taylor 30 6 320 1 2 2 16 0 .918 3.00 - - - - - - - -
Don McLeod 30 4 181 0 3 1 14 0 .863 4.64 - - - - - - - -

Awards and recordsEdit

NHL
Award Recipient
All-Star Game representative Bobby Clarke
Simon Nolet
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Bobby Clarke

TransactionsEdit

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions before/during the 1971–72 season.

TradesEdit

June 13, 1971
To Philadelphia Flyers
Larry Mickey
To Los Angeles Kings
Larry Hillman
September 8, 1971
To Philadelphia Flyers
cash
To Portland Buckaroos (WHL)
Cliff Schmautz
October 15, 1971
To Philadelphia Flyers
Rick Foley
To Chicago Black Hawks
Andre Lacroix
November 16, 1971
To Philadelphia Flyers
Larry Keenan
To Buffalo Sabres
Larry Mickey
January 28, 1972
To Philadelphia Flyers
Bill Flett
Eddie Joyal
Ross Lonsberry
Jean Potvin
To Los Angeles Kings
Serge Bernier
Jim Johnson
Bill Lesuk

Additions and subtractionsEdit

Additions
Player Former team Via
Fred Shero Omaha (CHL) signed as Coach (6/2)
Frank Spring Boston intra-league draft (6/8)
Larry Brown New York intra-league draft (6/8)
Don McLeod Detroit intra-league draft (6/8)
Orest Kindrachuk Saskatoon (WCHL) free agency (7/1)
Bob Hurlburt Quebec (AHL) free agency (9/11)
Michel Parizeau St. Louis waivers (12/8)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Garry Peters Boston intra-league draft (6/8)
Keith Wright released (9/20)
Larry Brown Los Angeles waivers (1/28)

Draft picksEdit

Philadelphia's picks at the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft in Montreal, Quebec.[3]

Rnd # Player Position Nationality Drafted from
1 8 Larry Wright Centre Flag of Canada.svg Canada Regina Pats (WCHL)
1 9 Pierre Plante Right wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Drummondville Rangers (QMJHL)
3 36 Glen Irwin Defenceman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Estevan Bruins (WCHL)
4 50 Ted Scharf Right wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHA)
5 64 Don McCulloch Defenceman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Niagara Falls Flyers (OHA)
6 78 Yvon Bilodeau Defenceman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Estevan Bruins (WCHL)
7 92 Bobby Gerard Right wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Regina Pats (WCHL)
8 106 Jerome Mrazek Goaltender Flag of Canada.svg Canada U. of Minnesota Duluth (WCHA)

Farm teamsEdit

The Flyers were affiliated with the Richmond Robins of the AHL, the San Diego Gulls of the WHL, and the Jersey Devils and Salem Rebels of the EHL.[4][5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. FlyersHistory.net, All Time Team Attendance
  2. FlyersHistory.net, Philadelphia-Buffalo boxscore from April 2, 1972.
  3. hockeydb.com, 1971 NHL Amateur Draft
  4. FlyersHistory.net, Non-AHL Affiliates
  5. FlyersHistory.net, AHL Season Overview: 1971–72
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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