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1972–73 Philadelphia Flyers · NHL
Division 2nd West
1972–73 record 37–30–11
Home record 27–8–4
Road record 10–22–7
Goals for 296
Goals against 256
General Manager Keith Allen
Coach Fred Shero
Captain Ed Van Impe (Oct-Jan)
Bobby Clarke (Jan- )
Alternate captains Bill Clement
Joe Watson
Arena The Spectrum
Average attendance 16,063[1]
Team leaders
Goals Rick MacLeish (50)
Assists Bobby Clarke (67)
Points Bobby Clarke (104)
Penalties in minutes Dave Schultz (259)
Wins Doug Favell (20)
Goals against average Doug Favell (2.83)

The 1972–73 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' sixth season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

It was during the 1972–73 season that the Flyers shed the mediocre expansion team label and became the intimidating Broad Street Bullies, a nickname coined by Jack Chevalier and Pete Cafone of the Philadelphia Bulletin on January 3, 1973[2] after a 3 to 1 brawling victory over the Atlanta Flames that led Chevalier to write in his game account, "The image of the fightin' Flyers spreading gradually around the NHL, and people are dreaming up wild nicknames. They're the Mean Machine, the Bullies of Broad Street and Freddy's Philistines." Cafone wrote the accompanying headline, "Broad Street Bullies Muscle Atlanta".[3] That same month, Bobby Clarke was the youngest player (at that time) in NHL history to be named team captain, replacing Ed Van Impe. Rick MacLeish became the first Flyer to score 50 goals in a season and the Flyers recorded their first winning season. An overtime goal by Gary Dornhoefer in Game 5 turned the tide of their first round series with the Minnesota North Stars in the Flyers' favor, as the Flyers got their first playoff series win in six games. The goal was later immortalized as a bronze statue on the south side of the Spectrum. They were outmatched in the semifinals by the Montreal Canadiens, however, losing in five games. After the season, Clarke was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player.

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

West Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Chicago Black Hawks 78 42 27 9 284 225 93
Philadelphia Flyers 78 37 30 11 296 256 85
Minnesota North Stars 78 37 30 11 254 230 85
St. Louis Blues 78 32 34 12 233 251 76
Pittsburgh Penguins 78 32 37 9 257 265 73
Los Angeles Kings 78 31 36 11 232 245 73
Atlanta Flames 78 25 38 15 191 239 65
California Golden Seals 78 16 46 16 213 323 48


Game logEdit

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

1972–73 Game Log

PlayoffsEdit

Game logEdit

      Win       Loss

1973 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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 37 67 104 80 11 2 6 8 6
Rick MacLeish 19 78 50 50 100 69 10 3 4 7 2
Gary Dornhoefer 12 77 30 49 79 168 11 3 3 6 16
Bill Flett 21 69 43 31 74 53 11 3 4 7 0
Bill Barber 7 69 30 34 64 46 11 3 2 5 22
Ross Lonsberry 18 77 21 29 50 59 11 4 3 7 9
Tom Bladon 23 78 11 31 42 26 11 0 4 4 2
Simon Nolet 17 70 16 20 36 6 11 3 1 4 4
Bill Clement 10 73 14 14 28 51 2 0 0 0 0
Joe Watson 14 63 2 24 26 46 11 0 2 2 12
Andre Dupont 28 46 3 20 23 164 11 1 2 3 29
Don Saleski 11 78 12 9 21 205 11 1 2 3 4
Bob Kelly 9 77 10 11 21 238 11 0 1 1 8
Dave Schultz 8 76 9 12 21 259 11 1 0 1 51
Barry Ashbee 4 64 1 17 18 106 11 0 4 4 20
Brent Hughes 5 29 2 11 13 32 - - - - -
Jean Potvin 25 35 3 9 12 10 - - - - -
Ed Van Impe 2 72 1 11 12 76 11 0 0 0 16
Wayne Hillman 6 74 0 10 10 33 8 0 0 0 0
Terry Crisp 29 12 1 5 6 2 11 3 2 5 2
Pierre Plante 20 2 0 3 3 0 - - - - -
Doug Favell (G) 1 44 0 2 2 4 11 0 0 0 2
Michel Belhumeur (G) 35 23 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Bobby Taylor (G) 30 23 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Larry Wright 15 9 0 1 1 4 - - - - -
Willie Brossart 3 4 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Jim Watson 20 4 0 1 1 5 2 0 0 0 0
Orest Kindrachuk 26 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Bench X 12

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 44 2419 20 15 4 114 3 .913 2.83 11 669 5 6 29 1 .920 2.60
Michel Belhumeur 35 23 1117 9 7 3 60 0 .903 3.22 1 10 0 0 1 0 .889 6.00
Bobby Taylor 30 23 1144 8 8 4 78 0 .888 4.09 - - - - - - - -

Awards and recordsEdit

NHL
Award Recipient
All-Star Game representative Bobby Clarke
Gary Dornhoefer
Hart Memorial Trophy Bobby Clarke
NHL Second All-Star Team Bobby Clarke (C)

TransactionsEdit

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions before/during the 1972–73 season.

TradesEdit

December 14, 1972
To Philadelphia Flyers
Andre Dupont
3rd round pick in 1973
To St. Louis Blues
Brent Hughes
Pierre Plante
March 5, 1973
To Philadelphia Flyers
Terry Crisp
To New York Islanders
Jean Potvin
Glen Irwin

Additions and subtractionsEdit

Additions
Player Former team Via
Jack McIlhargey Flin Flon (WCHL) free agency (9/1)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Lew Morrison Atlanta Expansion Draft (6/6)
Larry Hale Atlanta Expansion Draft (6/6)
Jim Mair NY Islanders Expansion Draft (6/6)
Hank Nowak Hershey (AHL) intra-league draft (6/8)

Draft picksEdit

Philadelphia's picks at the 1972 NHL Amateur Draft in Montreal, Quebec.[4]

Rnd # Player Position Nationality Drafted From
1 7 Bill Barber Left wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHA)
2 23 Tom Bladon Defenceman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)
3 39 Jim Watson Defenceman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Calgary Centennials (WCHL)
4 55 Al MacAdam Right wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Charlottetown Islanders (MJHL)
5 71 Darryl Fedorak Goaltender Flag of Canada.svg Canada Victoria Cougars (WCHL)
6 87 Dave Hastings Goaltender Flag of Canada.svg Canada Charlottetown Islanders (MJHL)
7 103 Serge Beaudoin Defenceman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Trois-Rivières Ducs (QMJHL)
8 119 Pat Russell Right wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Vancouver Nats (WCHL)
9 135 Ray Boutin Goaltender Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sorel Black Hawks (QMJHL)

Farm teamsEdit

The Flyers were affiliated with the Richmond Robins of the AHL, the San Diego Gulls of the WHL, and the Jersey Devils of the EHL.[5][6]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. FlyersHistory.net, All Time Team Attendance
  2. Jackson, Jim. Walking Together Forever: The Broad Street Bullies, Then and Now. Sports Publishing L.L.C., 1-3. 
  3. Jack Chevalier. "Broad Street Bullies Muscle Atlanta", 1973-01-03. 
  4. hockeydb.com, 1972 NHL Amateur Draft
  5. FlyersHistory.net, Non-AHL Affiliates
  6. FlyersHistory.net, AHL Season Overview: 1972–73

ReferencesEdit

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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