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1978–79 Philadelphia Flyers · NHL
Division 2nd Patrick
Conference 2nd Campbell
1978–79 record 40–25–15
Home record 26–10–4
Road record 14–15–11
Goals for 281
Goals against 248
General Manager Keith Allen
Coach Bob McCammon (Oct-Jan)
Pat Quinn
Captain Bobby Clarke
Arena The Spectrum
Average attendance 17,077[1]
Team leaders
Goals Bill Barber (34)
Reggie Leach (34)
Assists Bobby Clarke (57)
Points Bill Barber (87)
Penalties in minutes Behn Wilson (197)
Wins Wayne Stephenson (20)
Goals against average Robbie Moore (1.77)

The 1978–79 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' twelfth season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Bob McCammon, who had just coached the Flyers' first year AHL Maine Mariners farm club to a Calder Cup title, replaced Fred Shero behind the bench, but after a slow start the Flyers brought up Shero's previous assistant coach, Pat Quinn, who was then guiding the Mariners to replace McCammon who then returned and coached the AHL club to a second consecutive Calder Cup title. The Flyers rallied under Quinn and finished in 2nd place. However, it was during the 1978–79 season that Bernie Parent suffered a career-ending eye injury. Matched-up against the Vancouver Canucks in the preliminary round, the Flyers won the series in three games. The Flyers' season came to an end against Shero's Rangers in a five-game quarterfinal loss.

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 51 15 14 358 214 116
Philadelphia Flyers 80 40 25 15 281 248 95
New York Rangers 80 40 29 11 316 292 91
Atlanta Flames 80 41 31 8 327 280 90

Game logEdit

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

1978–79 Game Log

PlayoffsEdit

Game logEdit

      Win       Loss

1979 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
Bill Barber 7 79 34 46 80 22 8 3 4 7 10
Bobby Clarke 16 80 16 57 73 68 8 2 4 6 8
Mel Bridgman 10 76 24 35 59 184 8 1 2 3 17
Rick MacLeish 19 71 26 32 58 47 7 0 1 1 0
Reggie Leach 27 76 34 20 54 20 8 5 1 6 0
Behn Wilson 3 80 13 36 49 197 5 1 0 1 8
Blake Dunlop 32 66 20 28 48 16 8 1 1 2 4
Bob Dailey 2 70 9 30 39 63 8 1 2 3 14
Bob Kelly 9 77 7 31 38 132 8 1 1 2 10
Paul Holmgren 17 57 19 10 29 168 8 1 5 6 22
Ken Linseman 26 30 5 20 25 23 8 2 6 8 22
Jim Watson 20 77 9 13 22 52 8 0 2 2 2
Rick Lapointe 5 77 3 18 21 53 7 0 1 1 14
Tom Gorence 22 42 13 6 19 10 7 3 1 4 0
Barry Dean 29 30 4 13 17 20 - - - - -
Don Saleski 11 35 11 5 16 14 - - - - -
Dennis Ververgaert 28 37 9 7 16 6 3 0 2 2 2
Al Hill 37 31 5 11 16 28 7 1 0 1 2
Dave Hoyda 8 67 3 13 16 138 3 0 0 0 0
Andre Dupont 6 77 3 9 12 135 8 0 0 0 17
Paul Evans 23 44 6 5 11 12 - - - - -
Yves Preston 18 9 3 1 4 0 - - - - -
Frank Bathe 31 21 1 3 4 76 6 1 0 1 12
Drew Callander 28 15 2 1 3 5 - - - - -
Kevin McCarthy 25 22 1 2 3 21 - - - - -
Bernie Parent (G) 1 36 0 2 2 8 - - - - -
Dan Lucas 15 6 1 0 1 0 - - - - -
Wayne Stephenson (G) 35 40 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 0 5
Robbie Moore (G) 39 5 0 1 1 0 5 0 1 1 2
Terry Murray 24 5 0 0 0 5 - - - - -
Pete Peeters (G) 33 5 0 0 0 6 - - - - -
Rick St. Croix (G) 30 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Glen Cochrane 44 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Norm Barnes 25 - - - - - 2 0 0 0 0
Bench X 22 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
Wayne Stephenson 35 40 2187 20 10 5 122 2 .871 3.35 4 213 0 3 16 0 .843 4.51
Bernie Parent 1 36 1979 16 12 7 89 4 .893 2.70 - - - - - - - -
Robbie Moore 39 5 237 3 0 1 7 2 .929 1.77 5 268 3 2 18 0 .838 4.03
Pete Peeters 33 5 280 1 2 1 16 0 .853 3.43 - - - - - - - -
Rick St. Croix 30 2 117 0 1 1 6 0 .889 3.08 - - - - - - - -

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

NHL
Award Recipient
Challenge Cup representative Bill Barber
Bobby Clarke
NHL Second All-Star Team Bill Barber (LW)
Team
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Bob Dailey
Class Guy Award Bernie Parent

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

June 2, 1978
To Philadelphia Flyers
1st round pick in 1978
To New York Rangers
Fred Shero (Head coach)
June 14, 1978
To Philadelphia Flyers
1st round pick in 1978
To Pittsburgh Penguins
Tom Bladon
Ross Lonsberry
Orest Kindrachuk
August 31, 1978
To Philadelphia Flyers
cash
To Colorado Rockies
Joe Watson
December 29, 1978
To Philadelphia Flyers
Dennis Ververgaert
To Vancouver Canucks
Drew Callander
Kevin McCarthy
March 3, 1979
To Philadelphia Flyers
2nd round pick in 1979
To Colorado Rockies
Don Saleski

Additions and subtractionsEdit

Additions
Player Former team Via
M.F. Schurman Spokane (WIHL) free agency (9/1)
Yves Preston Milwaukee (IHL) free agency (10/9)
Robbie Moore free agency (11/7)
Reid Bailey Port Huron (IHL) free agency (11/20)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Gary Dornhoefer retirement
Bernie Parent retirement

Draft picksEdit

Philadelphia's picks at the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft in Montreal, Quebec.[2]

Rnd # Player Position Nationality Drafted from
1 6 Behn Wilson Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kingston Canadians (OHA)
1 7 Ken Linseman Forward Flag of Canada.svg Canada Birmingham Bulls (WHA)
1 14 Dan Lucas Winger Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHA)
2 33 Mike Simurda Right Wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kingston Canadians (OHA)
3 37 Gord Salt Right Wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Michigan Tech (WCHA)
3 50 Glen Cochrane Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Victoria Cougars (WCHL)
4 67 Russ Wilderman Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Seattle Breakers (WCHL)
5 83 Brad Tamblyn Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Toronto Marlboros (OHA)
6 100 Mark Taylor Forward Flag of Canada.svg Canada U. of North Dakota (WCHA)
7 117 Mike Ewanowski Right Wing Flag of the United States United States Boston College (HE)
8 126 Jerry Price Goaltender Flag of Canada.svg Canada Portland Winter Hawks (WCHL)
8 134 Darre Switzer Left Wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
9 151 Greg Francis Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada St. Lawrence University (ECAC)
10 167 Rick Berard Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada St. Mary's University (CIAU)
10 168 Don Lucia Defenseman Flag of the United States United States Notre Dame (CCHA)
11 182 Mike Berge Forward Flag of the United States United States U. of North Dakota (WCHA)
11 183 Ken Moore Goaltender Flag of the United States United States Clarkson University (ECAC)
12 195 Jim Olson Right Wing Flag of the United States United States St. Paul Vulcans (USHL)
12 198 Anton Stastny Forward Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Bratislava (CFIHL)

Farm teamsEdit

The Flyers were affiliated with the Maine Mariners of the AHL, the Milwaukee Admirals of the IHL, and the Jersey Aces of the NEHL.[3][4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. FlyersHistory.net, All Time Team Attendance
  2. hockeydb.com, 1978 NHL Amateur Draft
  3. FlyersHistory.net, Non-AHL Affiliates
  4. FlyersHistory.net, AHL Season Overview: 1978–79
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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