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96-97PhiFly
1996–97 Philadelphia Flyers · NHL
Eastern Conference Champions
Division 2nd Atlantic
Conference 3rd Eastern
1996–97 record 45–24–13
Home record 23–12–6
Road record 22–12–7
Goals for 274
Goals against 217
General Manager Bob Clarke
Coach Terry Murray
Captain Eric Lindros
Alternate captains Rod Brind'Amour
Eric Desjardins
Arena CoreStates Center
Average attendance 19,311[1]
Team leaders
Goals John LeClair (50)
Assists John LeClair (47)
Eric Lindros (47)
Points John LeClair (97)
Penalties in minutes Scott Daniels (237)
Wins Ron Hextall (31)
Goals against average Garth Snow (2.52)

The 1996–97 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers 30th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers reached the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals.

Though Eric Lindros missed 30 games in 1996–97, John LeClair still managed to score 50 goals for the second consecutive year. Despite finishing just one point shy of a third straight Atlantic Division title, the Flyers blitzed their way through the Eastern Conference playoffs. Backstopped by the goaltending tandem of Ron Hextall and Garth Snow, the Flyers dominated Pittsburgh, Buffalo and the Rangers all in five games apiece to win the Eastern Conference championship, and clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1986–87. However, their opponent, the Detroit Red Wings, swept the Flyers in four straight games. After Game 3, Terry Murray said that the team was in a "choking situation". It is said this remark cost Murray his job, as he was fired soon after.

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Atlantic Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
New Jersey Devils 82 45 23 14 231 182 104
Philadelphia Flyers 82 45 24 13 274 217 103
Florida Panthers 82 35 28 19 221 201 89
New York Rangers 82 38 34 10 258 231 86
Washington Capitals 82 33 40 9 214 231 75
Tampa Bay Lightning 82 32 40 10 217 247 74
New York Islanders 82 29 41 12 240 250 70

Game logEdit

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

1996–97 Game Log

PlayoffsEdit

Game logEdit

      Win       Loss

1997 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
John LeClair 10 82 50 47 97 58 19 9 12 21 10
Eric Lindros 88 52 32 47 79 136 19 12 14 26 40
Rod Brind'Amour 17 82 27 32 59 41 19 13 8 21 10
Mikael Renberg 19 77 22 37 59 65 18 5 6 11 4
Eric Desjardins 37 82 12 34 46 50 19 2 8 10 12
Trent Klatt 20 76 24 21 45 20 19 4 3 7 12
Janne Niinimaa 44 77 4 40 44 58 19 1 12 13 16
Dale Hawerchuk 18 51 12 22 34 32 17 2 5 7 0
Shjon Podein 25 82 14 18 32 41 19 4 3 7 16
Joel Otto 29 78 13 19 32 99 18 1 5 6 8
Paul Coffey 77 37 6 20 26 20 17 1 8 9 6
Chris Therien 6 71 2 22 24 64 19 1 6 7 6
Pat Falloon 15 52 11 12 23 10 14 3 1 4 2
Dainius Zubrus 9 68 8 13 21 22 19 5 4 9 12
Karl Dykhuis 24 62 4 15 19 35 18 0 3 3 2
John Druce 26 43 7 8 15 12 13 1 0 1 2
Vaclav Prospal 45 18 5 10 15 4 5 1 3 4 4
Petr Svoboda 23 67 2 12 14 94 16 1 2 3 16
Daniel Lacroix 32 74 7 1 8 163 12 0 1 1 22
Scott Daniels 22 56 5 3 8 237 - - - - -
Kjell Samuelsson 28 34 4 3 7 47 5 0 0 0 2
Dan Kordic 21 75 1 4 5 210 12 1 0 1 22
Craig Darby 11 9 1 4 5 2 - - - - -
Kevin Haller 5 27 0 5 5 37 - - - - -
Michel Petit 8 20 0 3 3 51 3 0 0 0 6
Colin Forbes 48 3 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0
Garth Snow (G) 30 35 0 1 1 30 12 0 2 2 11
Jason Bowen 34 4 0 1 1 8 - - - - -
Aris Brimanis 3 3 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Ron Hextall (G) 27 55 0 0 0 43 8 0 0 0 0
Darren Rumble 5 10 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Frantisek Kucera 2 2 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Paul Healey 38 2 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Bench X 8

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 55 3094 31 16 5 132 5 .897 2.56 8 444 4 3 22 0 .892 2.97
Garth Snow 30 35 1884 14 8 8 79 2 .903 2.52 12 699 8 4 33 0 .892 2.83

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

NHL
Award Recipient
All-Star Game representative Paul Coffey
Dale Hawerchuk
John LeClair
Eric Lindros
NHL All-Rookie Team Janne Niinimaa (D)
NHL Player of the Week John LeClair (November 11)
Eric Lindros (December 16)
NHL Plus-Minus Award John LeClair
NHL Second All-Star Team John LeClair (LW)
Team
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Eric Desjardins
Bobby Clarke Trophy John LeClair
Class Guy Award Shjon Podein
Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trent Klatt

RecordsEdit

NHL player
Player Record Mark
Rod Brind'Amour Shorthanded goals, one playoff game 2[2]
Rod Brind'Amour Shorthanded goals, one playoff period 2[2]

MilestonesEdit

Player Milestone Reached
Ron Hextall 500 games November 21, 1996

TransactionsEdit

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions before/during the 1996–97 season.

TradesEdit

July 18, 1996
To Philadelphia Flyers
Frank Bialowas
To Washington Capitals
futures
December 15, 1996
To Philadelphia Flyers
Paul Coffey
3rd round pick in 1997
To Hartford Whalers
Kevin Haller
1st round pick in 1997
Hartford's 7th round pick in 1997
March 18, 1997
To Philadelphia Flyers
Frantisek Kucera
To Vancouver Canucks
futures

Other transactionsEdit

Date Player Team (League) Notes
Signed via free agency
June 27, 1996 Scott Daniels Hartford (NHL)
July 3, 1996 Dominic Roussel Winnipeg (NHL)
July 18, 1996 Daniel Lacroix NY Rangers (NHL)
July 31, 1996 Steven King Anaheim (NHL)
August 6, 1996 John Stevens Springfield (AHL)
August 10, 1996 Peter White Toronto (NHL)
Lost via free agency
July 17, 1996 Dan Quinn Pittsburgh (NHL)
July 31, 1996 Shawn Antoski Pittsburgh (NHL)
Claimed off waviers
June 4, 1996 Craig Darby NY Islanders (NHL)
January 17, 1997 Michel Petit Edmonton (NHL)
Lost on waivers
September 30, 1996 Bob Corkum Phoenix (NHL) Waiver draft
September 30, 1996 Rob DiMaio San Jose (NHL) Waiver draft
Re-signed
June 5, 1996 Jason Bowen
July 18, 1996 Trent Klatt
August 6, 1996 Karl Dykhuis
September 10, 1996 Petr Svoboda 4 years
Signed to Entry Level contracts
June 18, 1996 Janne Niinimaa Jokerit (SM-liiga) Drafted 36th overall, 1993
July 31, 1996 Brian Wesenberg Guelph (OHL) Drafted 29th overall, 1995 (Anaheim)
October 10, 1996 Brian Boucher Tri-City (WHL) Drafted 22nd overall, 1995

Draft picksEdit

Philadelphia's picks at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.[3]

Rnd # Player Position Nationality Drafted from
1 15 Dainius Zubrus Right Wing Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Caledon Canadians (MJAHL)
3 64 Chester Gallant Right Wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Niagara Falls Thunder (OHL)
5 124 Per-Ragnar Bergkvist Goaltender Flag of Sweden Sweden Leksands IF (SEL)
5 133 Jesse Boulerice Right Wing Flag of the United States United States Detroit Whalers (OHL)
7 187 Roman Malov Center Flag of Russia Russia Omsk Avangard (RSL)
8 213 Jeff Milliker Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)

Farm teamsEdit

The Flyers were affiliated with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL and the Mobile Mysticks of the ECHL.[4][5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. FlyersHistory.net, All Time Team Attendance
  2. 2.0 2.1 April 26, 1997, vs. Pittsburgh.
  3. hockeydb.com, 1996 NHL Entry Draft
  4. FlyersHistory.net, Non-AHL Affiliates
  5. FlyersHistory.net, AHL Season Overview: 1996–97
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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