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1975–76 Philadelphia Flyers · NHL
Campbell Conference Champions
Patrick Division Champions
Division 1st Patrick
Conference 1st Campbell
1975–76 record 51–13–16
Home record 36–2–2
Road record 15–11–14
Goals for 348
Goals against 209
General Manager Keith Allen
Coach Fred Shero
Captain Bobby Clarke
Arena The Spectrum
Average attendance 17,077[1]
Team leaders
Goals Reggie Leach (61)
Assists Bobby Clarke (89)
Points Bobby Clarke (119)
Penalties in minutes Dave Schultz (307)
Wins Wayne Stephenson (40)
Goals against average Gary Inness (1.50)

The 1975–76 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' ninth season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

The Flyers recorded the best record in team history (points wise) with a record of 51–13–16 in 1975–76. The LCB line, featuring Reggie Leach at right-wing, Bobby Clarke at center, and Bill Barber at left-wing, set an NHL record for goals by a single line with 141 (Leach 61, Clarke 30, Barber 50). Clarke, on his way to a third Hart Trophy, set a club record for points in one season with 119. Heading into the playoffs, the Flyers squeaked past Toronto in seven games and defeated Boston in five games, Game 5 featuring a five-goal outburst by Leach to head to a third straight appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals. However, the Flyers didn't come close to a third straight championship, as they ran into an up-and-coming dynasty in Montreal, and were swept in four straight games. Despite the loss, Leach was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for scoring 19 goals in 16 playoff games.

The highlight of the season had no bearing on the season standings. On January 11 at the Spectrum, the Flyers, as part of the Super Series '76, played a memorable exhibition game against the Soviet Union's dominant Central Red Army team. As the Bullies had put intimidation to good use the past three years, the Flyers' rugged style of play led the Soviets to leave the ice midway through the first period, protesting a hit on Valeri Kharlamov, whom Clarke had slashed on the ankle in the famous Summit Series '72, by Ed Van Impe. After some delay, the Soviets returned after they were warned that they would lose their salary for the entire series. The Flyers went on to win the game rather easily, 4–1, and were the only team to defeat the Red Army outright in the series. Head coach Fred Shero would proclaim, "Yes we are world champions. If they had won, they would have been world champions. We beat the hell out of a machine."[2]

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Patrick Division GP W L T GF GA Pts
Philadelphia Flyers 80 51 13 16 348 209 118
New York Islanders 80 42 21 17 297 190 101
Atlanta Flames 80 35 33 12 262 237 82
New York Rangers 80 29 42 9 262 333 67

Game logEdit

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

1975–76 Game Log

PlayoffsEdit

Game logEdit

      Win       Loss

1976 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 76 30 89 119 136 16 2 14 16 28
Bill Barber 7 80 50 62 112 104 16 6 7 13 18
Reggie Leach 27 80 61 30 91 41 16 19 5 24 8
Orest Kindrachuk 26 76 26 49 75 101 16 4 7 11 4
Gary Dornhoefer 12 74 28 35 63 128 16 3 4 7 43
Mel Bridgman 10 80 23 27 50 86 16 6 8 14 31
Don Saleski 11 78 21 26 47 68 16 6 5 11 47
Ross Lonsberry 18 80 19 28 47 87 16 4 3 7 2
Rick MacLeish 19 51 22 23 45 16 - - - - -
Larry Goodenough 5 77 8 34 42 83 16 3 11 14 6
Tom Bladon 3 80 14 23 37 68 16 2 6 8 14
Andre Dupont 6 75 9 27 36 214 15 2 2 4 46
Jim Watson 20 79 2 34 36 66 16 1 8 9 6
Dave Schultz 8 71 13 19 32 307 16 2 2 4 90
Joe Watson 14 78 2 22 24 28 16 1 1 2 10
Bob Kelly 9 79 12 8 20 125 16 0 2 2 44
Terry Crisp 15 38 6 9 15 28 10 0 5 5 2
Ed Van Impe 2 40 0 8 8 60 - - - - -
Jack McIlhargey 29 57 1 2 3 205 15 0 3 3 41
Larry Wright 21 2 1 0 1 0 - - - - -
Wayne Stephenson (G) 35 66 0 0 0 11 8 0 0 0 0
Bernie Parent (G) 1 11 0 0 0 2 8 0 0 0 0
Bobby Taylor (G) 30 4 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Terry Murray 25 3 0 0 0 2 6 0 1 1 0
Gary Inness (G) 30 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Jerome Mrazek (G) 33 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Bob Sirois 21 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Paul Holmgren 17 1 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
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
Wayne Stephenson 35 66 3819 40 10 13 164 1 .907 2.58 8 494 4 4 22 0 .904 2.67
Bernie Parent 1 11 615 6 2 3 24 0 .908 2.34 8 480 4 4 27 0 .892 3.38
Bobby Taylor 30 4 240 3 1 0 15 0 .880 3.75 - - - - - - - -
Gary Inness 30 2 120 2 0 0 3 0 .950 1.50 - - - - - - - -
Jerome Mrazek 33 1 6 0 0 0 1 0 .667 10.00 - - - - - - - -

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

NHL
Award Recipient
All-Star Game representative Bill Barber
Andre Dupont
Reggie Leach
Rick MacLeish[3]
Fred Shero (Coach)
Wayne Stephenson
Jim Watson
Conn Smythe Trophy Reggie Leach
Hart Memorial Trophy Bobby Clarke
NHL First All-Star Team Bobby Clarke (C)
Bill Barber (LW)
NHL Second All-Star Team Reggie Leach (RW)
Team
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Jim Watson

RecordsEdit

NHL player
Player Record Mark
Reggie Leach Goals, one playoff season 19
Reggie Leach Goals, one playoff game 5 [4]
Reggie Leach Longest playoff goal scoring streak 10 games [5]
Dave Schultz Penalty minutes, one playoff game 42 [6]
Flyers player
Player Record Mark
Reggie Leach Goals, one season 61
Bobby Clarke Assists, one season 89
Reggie Leach Goals, one playoff season 19

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

June 4, 1975
To Philadelphia Flyers
1st round pick in 1975
To Washington Capitals
Bill Clement
Don McLean
1st round pick in 1975
December 15, 1975
To Philadelphia Flyers
John Paddock
To Washington Capitals
Bob Sirois
March 9, 1976
To Philadelphia Flyers
Gary Inness
futures[7]
To Pittsburgh Penguins
Bobby Taylor
Ed Van Impe

Additions and subtractionsEdit

Additions
Player Former team Via
Dave Kelly Providence College (HE) free agency (8/6)
Larry Wright California free agency (9/10)
Wayne Schaab Omaha (CHL) free agency (9/10)
Terry Murray California free agency (9/23)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Ted Harris retirement (6/2)

Draft picksEdit

Philadelphia's picks at the 1975 NHL Amateur Draft in Montreal, Quebec.[8]

Rnd # Player Position Nationality Drafted From
1 1 Mel Bridgman Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Victoria Cougars (WCHL)
3 54 Bob Ritchie Left wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sorel Black Hawks (QMJHL)
4 72 Rick St. Croix Goaltender Flag of Canada.svg Canada Oshawa Generals (OHL)
5 90 Gary Morrison Forward Flag of the United States United States U. of Michigan (CCHA)
6 108 Paul Holmgren Forward Flag of the United States United States U. of Minnesota (WCHA)
7 126 Dana Decker Left wing Flag of the United States United States Michigan Tech (WCHA)
9 160 Viktor Khatulev Defenseman Flag of Latvia Latvia Dynamo Riga (USSR)
10 175 Duffy Smith Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Bowling Green State University (CCHA)

Farm teamsEdit

The Flyers were affiliated with the Richmond Robins of the AHL and the Philadelphia Firebirds of the NAHL.[9][10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. FlyersHistory.net, All Time Team Attendance
  2. FlyersHistory.net, Flyers vs. Red Army.
  3. Sub for an injured Bobby Clarke
  4. May 6, 1976 vs Boston
  5. April 7, 1976 to May 9, 1976
  6. April 22, 1976 vs Toronto
  7. 8th round pick in 1977, 9th round pick in 1977, 10th round pick in 1977, 11th round pick in 1977
  8. hockeydb.com, 1975 NHL Amateur Draft
  9. FlyersHistory.net, Non-AHL Affiliates
  10. FlyersHistory.net, AHL Season Overview: 1975–76
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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