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1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers · NHL
Campbell Conference Champions
Patrick Division Champions
Division 1st Patrick
Conference 1st Campbell
1979–80 record 48–12–20
Home record 27–5–8
Road record 21–7–12
Goals for 327
Goals against 254
General Manager Keith Allen
Coach Pat Quinn
Captain Mel Bridgman
Arena The Spectrum
Average attendance 17,077[1]
Team leaders
Goals Reggie Leach (50)
Assists Bobby Clarke (57)
Ken Linseman (57)
Points Ken Linseman (79)
Penalties in minutes Behn Wilson (212)
Wins Pete Peeters (29)
Goals against average Rick St. Croix (2.00)

The 1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' 13th season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

The Flyers began the 1979–80 season with a somewhat controversial move by naming Clarke a playing assistant coach and giving the captaincy to Mel Bridgman. While Clarke was against this initially, he accepted his new role. The Flyers would go undefeated for a North American professional sports record 35 straight games (25–0–10), a record that still stands to this day.[2] In doing so, the Flyers wrapped up the Patrick Division title with 14 games to spare and the No.1 overall seed in the playoffs. The Flyers' regular-season success continued into the playoffs, as the Flyers swept a young Wayne Gretzky and his Edmonton Oilers in the first round, then went on to get revenge against Fred Shero and his Rangers by beating them in five before disposing of Minnesota in five to lock up a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals. Facing the Islanders for the Cup, the Flyers would ultimately lose in six games on Bob Nystrom's overtime Cup-winning goal. The end result of the series was marred by controversy, as the Islanders were offside on the play that resulted in their second goal in Game 6, but the call was not made. Linesman Leon Stickle admitted after the game that he had blown the call.[3]

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Philadelphia Flyers 80 48 12 20 327 254 116
New York Islanders 80 39 28 13 281 247 91
New York Rangers 80 38 32 10 308 284 86
Atlanta Flames 80 35 32 13 282 269 83
Washington Capitals 80 27 40 13 261 293 67

Game logEdit

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

1979–80 Game Log

PlayoffsEdit

Game logEdit

      Win       Loss

1980 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
Ken Linseman 14 80 22 57 79 107 17 4 18 22 40
Reggie Leach 27 76 50 26 76 28 19 9 7 16 6
Brian Propp 26 80 34 41 75 54 19 5 10 15 29
Bill Barber 7 79 40 32 72 17 19 12 9 21 23
Bobby Clarke 16 76 12 57 69 65 19 8 12 20 16
Rick MacLeish 19 78 31 35 66 28 19 9 6 15 2
Paul Holmgren 17 74 30 35 65 267 18 10 10 20 47
Mel Bridgman 10 74 16 31 47 136 19 2 9 11 70
Bob Dailey 2 61 13 26 39 71 19 4 13 17 22
Bob Kelly 9 75 15 20 35 122 19 1 1 2 38
Behn Wilson 3 61 9 25 34 212 19 4 9 13 66
Dennis Ververgaert 11 58 14 17 31 24 2 0 0 0 0
Al Hill 15 61 16 10 26 53 19 3 5 8 19
Norm Barnes 25 59 4 21 25 59 10 0 0 0 8
Jimmy Watson 20 71 5 18 23 51 15 0 4 4 20
Tom Gorence 22 51 8 13 21 15 15 3 3 6 18
Mike Busniuk 28 71 2 18 20 93 19 2 4 6 23
John Paddock 12 32 3 7 10 36 3 2 0 2 0
Andre Dupont 6 58 1 7 8 107 19 0 4 4 50
Frank Bathe 5 47 0 7 7 111 1 0 0 0 0
Jack McIlhargey 29 26 0 4 4 95 9 0 0 0 25
Dave Gardner 23 2 1 1 2 0 - - - - -
Gary Morrison 21 3 0 2 2 0 5 0 1 1 2
Don Gillen 21 1 1 0 1 0 - - - - -
Dennis Patterson 34 3 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Blake Wesley 8 2 0 1 1 2 - - - - -
Phil Myre (G) 31 41 0 0 0 37 6 0 0 0 0
Pete Peeters (G) 33 40 0 0 0 28 13 0 0 0 2
Rick St. Croix (G) 30 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Bench X 26

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
Phil Myre 31 41 2367 18 7 15 141 0 .875 3.57 6 384 5 1 16 1 .920 2.50
Pete Peeters 33 40 2373 29 5 5 108 1 .898 2.73 13 799 8 5 37 1 .902 2.78
Rick St. Croix 30 1 60 1 0 0 2 0 .920 2.00 - - - - - - - -

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

NHL
Award Recipient
All-Star Game representative Bill Barber
Norm Barnes
Reggie Leach
Rick MacLeish
Pete Peeters
Brian Propp
Jimmy Watson
Jack Adams Award Pat Quinn
Lester Patrick Trophy Keith Allen
Bobby Clarke
Ed Snider[4]
Team
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Norm Barnes
Class Guy Award Andre Dupont

RecordsEdit

NHL player
Player Record Mark
Bill Barber Shorthanded goals, one playoff season 3
Bill Barber Shorthanded goals, one playoff series 3 [5]

MilestonesEdit

Player Milestone Reached
Bobby Clarke 600 Assists October 14, 1979

TransactionsEdit

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions before/during the 1979–80 season.

TradesEdit

June 7, 1979
To Philadelphia Flyers
Phil Myre
To St. Louis Blues
Blake Dunlop
Rick Lapointe
August 16, 1979
To Philadelphia Flyers
3rd round pick in 1981
To Washington Capitals
Wayne Stephenson
September 4, 1979
To Philadelphia Flyers
4th round pick in 1981
To Detroit Red Wings
Bob Froese
January 2, 1980
To Philadelphia Flyers
Jack McIlhargey
To Vancouver Canucks
cash

Additions and subtractionsEdit

Additions
Player Former team Via
Dennis Patterson Maine (AHL) free agency (8/8)
Fred Williams Philadelphia (AHL) free agency (9/4)
Greg Adams Victoria (WHL) free agency (9/28)
Sam St. Laurent Chicoutimi (QMJHL) free agency (10/10)
Tim Kerr Kingston (OMJHL) free agency (10/25)
Dave Gardner Binghamton (AHL) free agency (1/21)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Bernie Johnston Hartford Expansion Draft (6/13)
Dave Hoyda Winnipeg Expansion Draft (6/13)

Draft picksEdit

Philadelphia's picks at the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.[6]

Rnd # Player Position Nationality Drafted from
1 14 Brian Propp Left wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
2 22 Blake Wesley Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
2 35 Pelle Lindbergh Goaltender Flag of Sweden Sweden AIK (Elitserien)
3 56 Lindsay Carson Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Billings Bighorns (WHL)
4 77 Don Gillen Right wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
5 98 Thomas Eriksson Defenseman Flag of Sweden Sweden Djurgardens IF (Elitserien)
6 119 Gordie Williams Forward Flag of Canada.svg Canada Lethbridge Broncos (WHL)

Farm teamsEdit

The Flyers were affiliated with the Maine Mariners of the AHL, the Toledo Goaldiggers of the IHL, and the Hampton Aces of the Eastern Hockey League.[7][8]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. FlyersHistory.net, All Time Team Attendance
  2. FlyersHistory.net, Some Facts & Figures About the Streak.
  3. CNNSI.com, SI Flashback: Putting the Hammer to the Old Bugaboo - June 2, 1980
  4. Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.425, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6
  5. Versus Minnesota North Stars
  6. hockeydb.com, 1979 NHL Entry Draft
  7. FlyersHistory.net, Non-AHL Affiliates
  8. FlyersHistory.net, AHL Season Overview: 1979–80
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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