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73-74PhiFly
1973–74 Philadelphia Flyers · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
West Division Champions
Division 1st West
1973–74 record 50–16–12
Home record 28–6–5
Road record 22–10–7
Goals for 273
Goals against 164
General Manager Keith Allen
Coach Fred Shero
Captain Bobby Clarke
Alternate captains Terry Crisp
Gary Dornhoefer
Joe Watson
Arena The Spectrum
Average attendance 17,007[1]
Team leaders
Goals Bobby Clarke (35)
Assists Bobby Clarke (52)
Points Bobby Clarke (87)
Penalties in minutes Dave Schultz (348)
Wins Bernie Parent (47)
Goals against average Bernie Parent (1.89)

The 1973–74 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' seventh season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers became the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup.

The Flyers would prove that the expansion teams could challenge the Original Six in 1973–74. Bernie Parent returned to the Flyers in a trade with Toronto, which ultimately proved to be the finishing piece of the championship season to come. The Broad Street Bullies would continue their rough-and-tumble ways, led by Dave Schultz's 348 penalty minutes, and they would reach the top of the West Division with a record of 50–16–12. The return of Parent proved to be of great benefit as he established himself as one of if not the best goaltender in the league by winning a record 47 games.

Come playoff time, the Flyers swept the Atlanta Flames in four games in the first round. In the semifinals, the Flyers faced the New York Rangers. The Flyers had home ice advantage, which was a great help since the home teams were 7-0 during the series. Their opponent, Bobby Orr and the Boston Bruins, took Game 1 in Boston, but Bobby Clarke scored an overtime goal in Game 2 to even the series. The Flyers won Games 3 and 4 at home to take a 3–1 series lead, but Boston won Game 5 to stave off elimination. That set the stage for Game 6 at the Spectrum. The Flyers picked up the lead early when Rick MacLeish scored a first period goal. Late in the game, Orr hauled down Clarke on a breakaway; the penalty assured the Flyers of victory. Time expired as the Flyers brought the Stanley Cup to Philadelphia for the first time. Parent, having shutout Boston in Game 6, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Playoff MVP.

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

West Division
  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Philadelphia Flyers 78 50 16 12 273 164 112
Chicago Black Hawks 78 41 14 23 272 164 105
Los Angeles Kings 78 33 33 12 233 231 78
Atlanta Flames 78 30 34 14 214 238 74
Pittsburgh Penguins 78 28 41 9 242 273 65
St. Louis Blues 78 26 40 12 206 248 64
Minnesota North Stars 78 23 38 17 235 275 63
California Golden Seals 78 13 55 10 195 342 36


Game logEdit

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

1973–74 Game Log

PlayoffsEdit

Game logEdit

      Win       Loss

1974 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 77 35 52 87 113 17 5 11 16 42
Rick MacLeish 19 78 32 45 77 42 17 13 9 22 20
Bill Barber 7 75 34 35 69 54 17 3 6 9 18
Ross Lonsberry 18 75 32 19 51 48 17 4 9 11 18
Gary Dornhoefer 12 57 11 39 50 125 14 5 6 11 43
Bill Flett 21 67 17 27 44 51 17 0 6 6 21
Orest Kindrachuk 26 71 11 30 41 85 17 5 4 9 17
Don Saleski 11 77 15 25 40 131 17 2 7 9 24
Dave Schultz 8 73 20 16 36 348 17 2 4 6 139
Simon Nolet 17 52 19 17 36 13 15 1 1 2 4
Tom Bladon 3 70 12 22 34 37 16 4 6 10 25
Terry Crisp 15 71 10 21 31 28 17 2 2 4 4
Andre Dupont 6 75 3 20 23 216 16 4 3 7 67
Jim Watson 20 74 2 18 20 44 17 1 2 3 41
Ed Van Impe 2 77 2 16 18 119 17 1 2 3 41
Joe Watson 14 74 1 17 18 34 17 1 4 5 24
Bill Clement 10 39 9 8 17 34 4 1 0 1 4
Barry Ashbee 4 69 4 13 17 52 6 0 0 0 2
Bob Kelly 9 65 4 10 14 130 5 0 0 0 11
Bernie Parent (G) 1 73 0 3 3 24 17 0 0 0 4
Bobby Taylor (G) 30 8 0 0 0 12 - - - - -
Al MacAdam 25 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Serge Lajeunesse 5 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Bruce Cowick 27 - - - - - 8 0 0 0 9
Bench X 10

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; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; 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
Bernie Parent 1 73 4314 47 13 12 136 12 .933 1.89 17 1042 12 5 35 2 .933 2.02
Bobby Taylor 30 8 366 3 3 0 26 0 .876 4.26 - - - - - - - -

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

NHL
Award Recipient
All-Star Game representative Bobby Clarke
Bernie Parent
Ed Van Impe
Joe Watson
Conn Smythe Trophy Bernie Parent
Jack Adams Award Fred Shero
NHL First All-Star Team Bernie Parent (G)
NHL Second All-Star Team Bobby Clarke (C)
Barry Ashbee (D)
Vezina Trophy Bernie Parent [2]

RecordsEdit

NHL player
Player Record Mark
Bernie Parent Regulation time wins, one season 47
Flyers player
Player Record Mark
Bernie Parent Games played by a goalie, one season 73
Bernie Parent Time on ice, one season 4,314 min.
Bernie Parent Wins, one season 47
Bernie Parent Shutouts, one season 12
Bernie Parent Save percentage, one season[3] .933
Dave Schultz Penalty minutes, one playoff season 139

MilestonesEdit

Player Milestone Reached
Bernie Parent 25th shutout March 3, 1974

TransactionsEdit

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions before/during the 1973–74 season.

TradesEdit

May 1, 1973
To Philadelphia Flyers
Jim Stanfield
To Portland Buckaroos (WHL)
cash
May 15, 1973
To Philadelphia Flyers
rights to Bernie Parent
2nd round pick in 1973
To Toronto Maple Leafs
1st round pick in 1973
futures
May 15, 1973
To Philadelphia Flyers
Serge Lajeunesse
To Detroit Red Wings
Rick Foley
May 23, 1973
To Philadelphia Flyers
cash
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Willie Brossart
May 25, 1973
To Philadelphia Flyers
Bruce Cowick
To San Diego Gulls (WHL)
Bob Currier
Tom Trevelyan
Bob Hulburst
Jim Stanfield
July 27, 1973
To Philadelphia Flyers
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Doug Favell[4]
November 1, 1973
To Philadelphia Flyers
George Pesut
To Detroit Red Wings
Bob Stumpf
December 1, 1973
To Philadelphia Flyers
Ray Schultz
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Frank Spring

Additions and subtractionsEdit

Additions
Player Former team Via
Steve Coates Michigan Tech (WCHA) free agency (6/1)
Mike Boland Ottawa (WHA) free agency (9/1)
Subtractions
Player New team Via

Philadelphia Flyers 1974 Stanley Cup championsEdit

Roster

  Centers
  Wingers
  Defensemen
  Goaltenders


  Non-players
  • Chairman/Owner: Ed Snider
  • President: Joe Scott
  • Vice Chairman: F. Eugene Dixon, Jr.
  • Vice President/General Manager: Keith Allen
  • Head Coach: Fred Shero
  • Assistant Coach: Mike Nykoluk
  • Director of Player Development: Marcel Pelletier
  • Trainer: Frank Lewis
  • Assistant Trainer: Jim McKenzie
  • Director of Public Relations: Joe Kodel(left off cup)
  • Director of Public Relations: John Bolgan (left off cup)

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Al MacAdam played five regular season games and one playoff game. Although he did receive a Stanley Cup ring, his name was not engraved on the Stanley Cup.[5]
  • Joe Kodel, John Blogan (Directors of Public Relations) were included on Philadelphia's Stanley Cup winning pictures in 1974, 1975, but their names do not appear on the Stanley Cup.


Draft picksEdit

Philadelphia's picks at the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft in Montreal, Quebec.[6]

Rnd # Player Position Nationality Drafted from
2 20 Larry Goodenough Defenceman Flag of Canada.svg Canada London Knights (OHA)
2 26 Brent Leavins Left wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Swift Current Broncos (WCHL)
3 40 Bob Stumpf Right wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
3 42 Mike Clarke Centre Flag of Canada.svg Canada Calgary Centennials (WCHL)
4 58 Dale Cook Left wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Victoria Cougars (WCHL)
5 74 Michel Latreille Defenceman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Montreal Red White and Blue (QMJHL)
6 90 Doug Ferguson Defenceman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Hamilton Red Wings (OHA)
7 106 Tom Young Forward Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sudbury Wolves (OHA)
8 122 Norm Barnes Defenceman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Michigan State (CCHA)
9 137 Dan O'Donohue Defenceman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHA)
10 153 Brian Dick Right wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Winnipeg Jets (WCHL)

Farm teamsEdit

The Flyers were affiliated with the Richmond Robins of the AHL and the San Diego Gulls of the WHL.[7] Rene Drolet led the Robins with 73 points and Richmond finished 4th in their division and lost in five games to the Baltimore Clippers in the first round of the playoffs.[8] San Diego finished 3rd in the 6-team WHL's final season in existence. The Gulls also ceased operations once the New Jersey Knights of the WHA moved to San Diego and became the San Diego Mariners.

Game AdsEdit


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. FlyersHistory.net, All Time Team Attendance
  2. Shared with Chicago's Tony Esposito.
  3. Minimum 25 games played
  4. Completed May 15 trade.
  5. Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Al MacAdam
  6. hockeydb.com, 1973 NHL Amateur Draft
  7. FlyersHistory.net, Non-AHL Affiliates
  8. FlyersHistory.net, AHL Season Overview: 1973–74
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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