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77-78PhiFly
1977–78 Philadelphia Flyers · NHL
Division 2nd Patrick
Conference 2nd Campbell
1977–78 record 45–20–15
Home record 29–6–5
Road record 16–14–10
Goals for 296
Goals against 200
General Manager Keith Allen
Coach Fred Shero
Captain Bobby Clarke
Arena The Spectrum
Average attendance 17,077[1]
Team leaders
Goals Bill Barber (41)
Assists Bobby Clarke (68)
Points Bobby Clarke (89)
Penalties in minutes Andre Dupont (225)
Wins Bernie Parent (29)
Goals against average Bernie Parent (2.22)

The 1977–78 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' eleventh season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

The Flyers lost their hold on the Patrick Division in 1977–78 and settled for second place. Tom Bladon's 8 points (4 goals and 4 assists) in a game against the Cleveland Barons on December 11 set an NHL record for a defenseman.[2] After sweeping the Colorado Rockies in 2 games in the preliminary round, the Flyers moved on and beat Buffalo in five games. They faced Boston in the semifinals for the second consecutive season, and lost again, this time in five games. Following the season, the Flyers were stunned when head coach Fred Shero left to take the general manager and head coaching jobs with the Rangers. As compensation for The Fog, the Flyers received the Rangers' first-round draft pick which (along with their own first-round selection) the club used to select defenseman Behn Wilson and center Ken Linseman sixth and seventh overall respectively at the 1978 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal the following June.

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 48 17 15 334 210 111
Philadelphia Flyers 80 45 20 15 296 200 105
Atlanta Flames 80 34 27 19 274 252 87
New York Rangers 80 30 37 13 279 280 73

Game logEdit

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

1977–78 Game Log

PlayoffsEdit

Game logEdit

      Win       Loss

1978 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 71 21 68 89 83 12 4 7 11 8
Bill Barber 7 80 41 31 72 34 12 6 3 9 2
Rick MacLeish 19 76 31 39 70 33 12 7 9 16 4
Orest Kindrachuk 26 73 17 45 62 128 12 5 5 10 13
Bob Dailey 2 76 21 36 57 62 12 1 5 6 22
Reggie Leach 27 72 24 28 52 24 12 2 2 4 0
Ross Lonsberry 18 78 18 30 48 45 12 2 2 4 6
Mel Bridgman 10 76 16 32 48 203 12 1 7 8 36
Don Saleski 11 70 27 18 45 44 11 2 0 2 19
Tom Bladon 3 79 11 24 35 57 12 0 2 2 11
Paul Holmgren 17 62 16 18 34 190 12 1 4 5 26
Bob Kelly 9 74 19 13 32 95 12 3 5 8 26
Barry Dean 29 56 7 18 25 34 - - - - -
Rick Lapointe 5 47 4 16 20 91 12 0 3 3 19
Jim Watson 20 71 5 12 17 62 12 1 7 8 6
Kevin McCarthy 25 62 2 15 17 32 10 0 1 1 8
Joe Watson 14 65 5 9 14 22 1 0 0 0 0
Andre Dupont 6 69 2 12 14 225 12 2 1 3 13
Gary Dornhoefer 12 47 7 5 12 62 4 0 0 0 7
Dave Hoyda 8 41 1 3 4 119 9 0 0 0 17
Harvey Bennett 22 2 1 0 1 7 - - - - -
Blake Dunlop 32 3 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Bernie Parent (G) 1 49 0 0 0 4 12 0 0 0 0
Wayne Stephenson (G) 35 26 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Rick St. Croix (G) 30 7 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Al Hill 15 80 41 31 72 34 - - - - -
Frank Bathe 21 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Jim Cunningham 21 1 0 0 0 4 - - - - -
Drew Callander 28 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Bench X 6 2

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 49 2923 29 6 13 108 7 .912 2.22 12 722 7 5 33 0 .891 2.74
Wayne Stephenson 35 26 1482 14 10 1 68 3 .892 2.75 - - - - - - - -
Rick St. Croix 30 7 395 2 4 1 20 0 .894 3.04 - - - - - - - -

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

NHL
Award Recipient
All-Star Game representative Bill Barber
Tom Bladon
Bobby Clarke
Bob Dailey
Fred Shero (Coach)
Wayne Stephenson
Jim Watson
Team
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Jim Watson
Class Guy Award Joe Watson

RecordsEdit

NHL player
Player Record Mark
Tom Bladon Best plus-minus, one game +10 [3]
Tom Bladon Most points by a defenseman, one game 8 [3]

MilestonesEdit

Player Milestone Reached
Bernie Parent 500 Games December 8, 1977

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

June 17, 1977
To Philadelphia Flyers
futures
To Los Angeles Kings
Steve Short
August 5, 1977
To Philadelphia Flyers
Barry Dean
To Colorado Rockies
Mark Suzor
October 28, 1977
To Philadelphia Flyers
Blake Dunlop
3rd round pick in 1978
To Minnesota North Stars
Harvey Bennett
November 1, 1977
To Philadelphia Flyers
Terry Murray
To Detroit Red Wings
cash
November 3, 1977
To Philadelphia Flyers
Paul Evans
To Los Angeles Kings
[4]

Additions and subtractionsEdit

Additions
Player Former team Via
Guy Delparte Oklahoma City (CHL) free agency (8/15)
Brian Burke Providence College (HE) free agency (8/17)
Jim Cunningham Michigan State (CCHA) free agency (9/1)
Wayne Schaab free agency (9/7)
Larry Romanchych Atlanta free agency (9/15)
Bernie Johnston Syracuse (NAHL) free agency (9/28)
Frank Bathe Port Huron (IHL) free agency (10/7)
Mike Busniuk Nova Scotia (AHL) free agency (10/23)
Subtractions
Player New team Via

Draft picksEdit

Philadelphia's picks at the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft in Montreal, Quebec.[5]

Rnd # Player Position Nationality Drafted from
1 17 Kevin McCarthy Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Winnipeg Monarchs (WCHL)
2 35 Tom Gorence Right wing Flag of the United States United States U. of Minnesota (CCHA)
3 53 Dave Hoyda Left wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Portland Winter Hawks (WCHL)
4 67 Yves Guillemette Goaltender Flag of Canada.svg Canada Shawinigan Dynamos (QMJHL)
4 71 Rene Hamelin Right wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Shawinigan Dynamos (QMJHL)
5 89 Dan Clark Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kamloops Chiefs (WCHL)
6 107 Alain Chaput Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sorel Black Hawks (QMJHL)
7 123 Richard Dalpe Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Trois-Rivières Draveurs (QMJHL)
8 135 Pete Peeters Goaltender Flag of Canada.svg Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
8 136 Clint Eccles Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kamloops Chiefs (WCHL)
8 139 Mike Greeder Defenseman Flag of the United States United States St. Paul Vulcans (MJHL)
9 150 Tom Bauer Winger Flag of the United States United States Providence College (HE)
9 151 Michael Bauman Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Hull Olympiques (QMJHL)
9 153 Bruce Crowder Forward Flag of Canada.svg Canada U. of New Hampshire (HE)
10 158 Rob Nicholson Defenseman Flag of the United States United States St. Paul Vulcans (MJHL)
10 159 Dave Isherwood Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Winnipeg Monarchs (WCHL)
10 161 Steve Jones Goaltender Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ohio State University (CCHA)
11 165 Jim Trainor Defenseman Flag of the United States United States Harvard University (ECAC)
11 166 Barry Duench Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHA)
11 168 Rod McNair Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ohio State University (CCHA)
12 172 Mike Laycock Goaltender Flag of Canada.svg Canada Brown University (ECAC)

Farm teamsEdit

The Flyers were affiliated with the Maine Mariners of the AHL and the Philadelphia Firebirds of the NAHL.[6][7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. FlyersHistory.net, All Time Team Attendance
  2. Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p.27, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9
  3. 3.0 3.1 December 11, 1977 vs. Cleveland
  4. Completed June 17th trade
  5. hockeydb.com, 1977 NHL Amateur Draft
  6. FlyersHistory.net, Non-AHL Affiliates
  7. FlyersHistory.net, AHL Season Overview: 1977–78
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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