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86-87PhiFly
1986–87 Philadelphia Flyers · NHL
Wales Conference Champions
Patrick Division Champions
Division 1st Patrick
Conference 1st Wales
1986–87 record 46–26–8
Home record 29–9–2
Road record 17–17–6
Goals for 310
Goals against 245
General Manager Bob Clarke
Coach Mike Keenan
Captain Dave Poulin
Alternate captains Mark Howe
Brad Marsh
Arena The Spectrum
Average attendance 17,212[1]
Team leaders
Goals Tim Kerr (58)
Assists Dave Poulin (45)
Points Tim Kerr (95)
Penalties in minutes Rick Tocchet (288)
Wins Ron Hextall (37)
Goals against average Bob Froese (2.67)

The 1986–87 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' 20th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers reached the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals.

In 1986 the rejuvenated Flyers found themselves with another Vezina Trophy goaltender between the pipes with a rookie named Ron Hextall. He became the third Flyers goaltender to win the Vezina, joining Parent and Lindbergh. With Hextall providing the critical stops at crucial times, the Flyers captured a third-straight Patrick Division title, and were able to gain revenge on the Rangers by beating them in six games, as well as surviving a tough seven-game test from a gritty Islanders club. By the time the Flyers defeated the defending Stanley Cup Champion Canadiens in six to win the Wales Conference and return to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Flyers had again been decimated by injuries, including losing Tim Kerr for the remainder of the playoffs. As a result, the Flyers lost in heartbreaking fashion to Edmonton in seven tough, hard-fought games. Hextall was voted playoff MVP, the second such time a Flyer won the Conn Smythe Trophy despite being on the losing team, the other being Reggie Leach in 1976.

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Philadelphia Flyers 80 46 26 8 310 245 100
Washington Capitals 80 38 32 10 285 278 86
New York Islanders 80 35 33 12 279 281 82
New York Rangers 80 34 38 8 307 323 76
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 30 38 12 297 290 72
New Jersey Devils 80 29 45 6 293 368 64

Game logEdit

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

1986–87 game log

PlayoffsEdit

Game logEdit

      Win       Loss

1987 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
Tim Kerr 12 75 58 37 95 57 12 8 5 13 2
Peter Zezel 25 71 33 39 72 71 25 3 10 13 10
Dave Poulin 20 75 25 45 70 53 15 3 3 6 14
Brian Propp 26 53 31 36 67 45 26 12 16 28 10
Mark Howe 2 69 15 43 58 37 26 2 10 12 4
Pelle Eklund 9 72 14 41 55 2 26 7 20 27 2
Rick Tocchet 22 69 21 28 49 288 26 11 10 21 72
Murray Craven 32 77 19 30 49 38 12 3 1 4 9
Doug Crossman 3 78 9 31 40 29 26 4 14 18 31
Brad McCrimmon 10 71 10 29 39 52 26 3 5 8 30
Derrick Smith 24 71 11 21 32 34 26 6 4 10 26
Scott Mellanby 19 71 11 21 32 94 24 5 5 10 46
Ilkka Sinisalo 23 42 10 21 31 8 18 5 1 6 4
Ron Sutter 14 39 10 17 27 69 16 1 7 8 12
Lindsay Carson 18 71 11 15 26 141 24 3 5 8 22
J.J. Daigneault 15 77 6 16 22 56 9 1 0 1 0
Brad Marsh 8 77 2 9 11 124 26 3 4 7 16
Dave Brown 21 62 7 3 10 274 26 1 2 3 59
Kjell Samuelsson 28 46 1 6 7 86 26 0 4 4 25
Ron Hextall (G) 27 66 0 6 6 104 26 0 1 1 43
Glen Seabrooke 11 10 1 4 5 2 - - - - -
Ed Hospodar 17 45 2 2 4 136 5 0 0 0 2
Brian Dobbin 7 12 2 1 3 14 - - - - -
Daryl Stanley 29 33 1 2 3 76 13 0 0 0 9
Don Nachbaur 42 23 0 2 2 87 7 1 1 2 15
Al Hill 28 7 0 2 2 4 9 2 1 3 0
John Stevens 41 6 0 2 2 14 - - - - -
Mark Freer 37 1 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Glenn Resch (G) 33 17 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Kerry Huffman 5 9 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Craig Berube 34 7 0 0 0 57 5 0 0 0 17
Bob Froese (G) 35 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Tim Tookey 37 2 0 0 0 0 10 1 3 4 2
Kevin McCarthy 36 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Steve Smith 5 2 0 0 0 6 - - - - -
Mike Stothers 44 2 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 7
Ray Allison 36 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Jeff Chychrun 6 1 0 0 0 4 - - - - -
Greg Smyth 40 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
Jere Gillis 34 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Bench X 14

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
Ron Hextall 27 66 3799 37 21 6 190 1 .902 3.00 26 1540 15 11 71 2 .908 2.77
Glenn Resch 33 17 867 6 5 2 42 0 .904 2.91 2 36 0 0 1 0 .917 1.67
Bob Froese 35 3 180 3 0 0 8 0 .909 2.67 - - - - - - - -

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

NHL
Award Recipient
All-Star representative Ron Hextall
Mark Howe
Tim Kerr
Dave Poulin
Conn Smythe Trophy Ron Hextall
Frank Selke Trophy Dave Poulin
NHL All-Rookie Team Ron Hextall (G)
NHL First All-Star Team Ron Hextall (G)
Mark Howe (D)
NHL Player of the Month Ron Hextall (October)
NHL Player of the Week Peter Zezel (January 13)
NHL Rookie of the Month Ron Hextall (October)
Ron Hextall (November)
NHL Second All-Star Team Tim Kerr (RW)
Vezina Trophy Ron Hextall
Team
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Mark Howe
Bobby Clarke Trophy Ron Hextall
Class Guy Award Glenn Resch

RecordsEdit

Flyers player
Player Record Mark
Eleven players tied Games played, one playoff season 26
Pelle Eklund Assists, one playoff season 20
Brian Propp Points, one playoff season 28
Ron Hextall Time on ice, one playoff season 1,540 mins.
Ron Hextall Wins, one playoff season 15
Ron Hextall Losses, one playoff season 11
Ron Hextall Goals allowed, one playoffs season 71

TransactionsEdit

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions before/during the 1986–87 season.

TradesEdit

June 6, 1986
To Philadelphia Flyers
J.J. Daigneault
2nd round pick in 1986
5th round pick in 1987
To Vancouver Canucks
Rich Sutter
Dave Richter
Vancouver's 3rd round pick in 1986
October 30, 1986
To Philadelphia Flyers
Dominic Campedelli
To Montreal Canadiens
Andre Villeneuve
December 18, 1986
To Philadelphia Flyers
Kjell Samuelsson
2nd round pick in 1989
To New York Rangers
Bob Froese
March 9, 1987
To Philadelphia Flyers
Jeff Brubaker
To Edmonton Oilers
Dominic Campedelli

Additions and subtractionsEdit

Additions
Player Former team Via
Ed Hospodar Minnesota free agency (6/12)
Mitch Lamoureux Baltimore (AHL) free agency (6/30)
Jere Gillis Vancouver free agency (10/1)
Mark Freer Peterborough (OHL) free agency (10/7)
Mike MacWilliam New Westminster (WHL) free agency (10/7)
Subtractions
Player New team Via

Draft picksEdit

Philadelphia's picks at the 1986 NHL Entry Draft.[2]

Rnd # Player Position Nationality Drafted from
1 20 Kerry Huffman Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Guelph Platers (OHL)
2 23 Jukka Seppo Center Flag of Finland Finland Vasa Sport (FIN)
2 28 Kent Hawley Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ottawa 67's (OHL)
4 83 Mark Bar Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)
6 125 Steve Scheifele Right wing Flag of the United States United States Stratford Jr. B (OPJHL)
7 146 Sami Wahlsten Forward Flag of Finland Finland TPS Turku (SM-liiga)
8 167 Murray Baron Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Vernon Lakers (BCJHL)
9 184 Blaine Rude Forward Flag of the United States United States Fergus Falls H.S. (N. Dakota)
10 209 Shaun Sabol Defenseman Flag of the United States United States St. Paul Vulcans (USHL)
11 230 Brett Lawrence Right wing Flag of the United States United States Rochester Jr. Americans
12 251 Dan Stephano Goaltender Flag of the United States United States Northwood Prep (N.Y.)

Farm teamsEdit

The Flyers were affiliated with the Hershey Bears of the AHL and the Kalamazoo Wings of the IHL.[3][4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. FlyersHistory.net, All Time Team Attendance
  2. hockeydb.com, 1986 NHL Entry Draft
  3. FlyersHistory.net, Non-AHL Affiliates
  4. FlyersHistory.net, AHL Season Overview: 1986–87
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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