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2003–04 Philadelphia Flyers · NHL
Atlantic Division Champions
Division 1st Atlantic
Conference 3rd Eastern
2003–04 record 40–21–15–6
Home record 24–11–3–3
Road record 16–10–12–3
Goals for 229
Goals against 186
General Manager Bob Clarke
Coach Ken Hitchcock
Captain Keith Primeau
Alternate captains John LeClair
Mark Recchi
Arena Wachovia Center
Average attendance 19,375[1]
Team leaders
Goals Mark Recchi (26)
Assists Mark Recchi (49)
Points Mark Recchi (75)
Penalties in minutes Donald Brashear (212)
Wins Robert Esche (21)
Goals against average Robert Esche (2.04)

The 2003–04 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Flyers' 37th season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Free-agent goaltender Jeff Hackett was signed from Boston to replace Roman Cechmanek and challenge backup Robert Esche for the No.1 spot in 2003–04, but Hackett was forced to retire in February due to vertigo. During the course of the season, serious injuries suffered by both Jeremy Roenick (broken jaw) and Keith Primeau (concussion) in February forced the Flyers to trade for Chicago's Alexei Zhamnov, who filled in well and kept the Flyers afloat. Esche entrenched himself as starter and remained in that position even after the Flyers re-acquired Sean Burke from the Phoenix Coyotes as the Flyers clinched the Atlantic Division title over New Jersey on the last day of the season. Though solid in net, Esche's performance was over-shadowed by the play of captain Keith Primeau in the playoffs. Primeau led the Flyers past the defending Stanley Cup Champion Devils in five, and Toronto in six on their way to the Eastern Conference Finals and a match-up with Tampa Bay. Despite winning Game 6 on the late-game heroics of Primeau and winger Simon Gagne, the Flyers would come up short once again losing Game 7 in Tampa, 2–1.

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA PTS
13 Philadelphia Flyers 82 40 21 15 6 229 186 101
26 New Jersey Devils 82 43 25 12 2 213 164 100
38 New York Islanders 82 38 29 11 4 237 210 91
413 New York Rangers 82 27 40 7 8 206 250 69
515 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 23 47 8 4 190 303 58

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.


Game logEdit

      Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Tie/overtime loss (1 point)

2003–04 Game log

PlayoffsEdit

Game logEdit

      Win       Loss

2004 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
Mark Recchi 8 82 26 49 75 47 18 4 2 6 4
Michal Handzus 26 82 20 38 58 82 18 5 5 10 7
John LeClair 10 75 23 32 55 51 18 2 2 4 8
Tony Amonte 11 80 20 33 53 38 18 3 5 8 6
Jeremy Roenick 97 62 19 28 47 62 18 4 9 13 8
Simon Gagne 12 80 24 21 45 29 18 5 4 9 12
Kim Johnsson 5 80 13 29 42 26 15 2 6 8 8
Sami Kapanen 24 74 12 18 30 14 18 3 7 10 6
Joni Pitkanen 44 71 8 19 27 44 15 0 3 3 6
Justin Williams 14 47 6 20 26 32 - - - - -
Keith Primeau 25 54 7 15 22 80 18 9 7 16 22
Alexei Zhamnov 23 20 5 13 18 14 18 4 10 14 8
Marcus Ragnarsson 28 70 7 9 16 58 14 1 4 5 14
Radovan Somik 20 53 4 10 14 17 10 1 1 2 4
Donald Brashear 87 64 6 7 13 212 18 1 3 4 61
Eric Desjardins 37 48 1 11 12 28 - - - - -
Chris Therien 6 56 1 9 10 50 - - - - -
Mike Comrie 89 21 4 5 9 12 - - - - -
Eric Weinrich 2 54 2 7 9 32 - - - - -
Branko Radivojevic 19 24 1 8 9 36 18 1 1 2 32
Claude Lapointe 13 42 5 3 8 32 1 0 0 0 0
Patrick Sharp 9[2] 41 5 2 7 55 12 1 0 1 2
Jim Vandermeer 23 23 3 2 5 25 - - - - -
Todd Fedoruk 29 49 1 4 5 136 1 0 0 0 2
Danny Markov 55 34 2 3 5 58 18 1 2 3 25
Mattias Timander 3 34 1 4 5 19 18 2 4 6 6
Eric Chouinard 19 17 3 0 3 0 - - - - -
John Slaney 45 4 0 2 2 0 - - - - -
Vladimir Malakhov 2 6 0 1 1 2 17 1 5 6 12
Kirby Law 47 6 0 1 1 2 - - - - -
Boyd Kane 21 7 0 0 0 7 - - - - -
Sean Burke (G) 41 15 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Freddy Meyer 48 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Randy Jones 51 5 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Dennis Seidenberg 36 5 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0
Antero Niittymaki (G) 30 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Neil Little (G) 35 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Mike Peluso 22 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Robert Esche (G) 42 40 0 0 0 31 18 0 0 0 8
Peter White 15 3 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Jeff Hackett (G) 33 27 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Bench X 22 6

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; T = Ties; 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
Robert Esche 42 40 2322 21 11 7 79 3 .915 2.04 17 1060 11 7 41 1 .916 2.32
Jeff Hackett 33 27 1630 10 10 6 65 3 .905 2.39 - - - - - - - -
Sean Burke 41[3] 15 825 6 5 2 35 1 .910 2.55 1 40 0 0 1 0 .889 1.50
Antero Niittymaki 30 3 180 3 0 0 3 0 .961 1.00 - - - - - - - -
Neil Little 35 1 33 0 1 0 2 0 .750 3.64 - - - - - - - -

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

NHL
Award Recipient
All-Star Game representative Ken Hitchcock (Assistant Coach)
Keith Primeau
Jeremy Roenick
NHL All-Rookie Team Joni Pitkanen (D)
NHL Defensive Player of the Week Robert Esche (November 3)
Robert Esche (March 15)
Team
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Kim Johnsson
Bobby Clarke Trophy Mark Recchi
Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Robert Esche
Toyota Cup Mark Recchi
Yanick Dupre Memorial Sami Kapanen

TransactionsEdit

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions before/during the 2003–04 season.

TradesEdit

June 22, 2003
To Philadelphia Flyers
6th round pick in 2004
To Carolina Hurricanes
Marty Murray
June 22, 2003
To Philadelphia Flyers
6th round pick in 2004
To San Jose Sharks
7th round pick in 2003
June 22, 2003
To Philadelphia Flyers
6th round pick in 2004
To Florida Panthers
7th round pick in 2003
June 22, 2003
To Philadelphia Flyers
7th round pick in 2004
9th round pick in 2004
To Tampa Bay Lightning
8th round pick in 2003
9th round pick in 2004
June 30, 2003
To Philadelphia Flyers
7th round pick in 2004
To Washington Capitals
Dmitri Yushkevich
December 16, 2003
To Philadelphia Flyers
Mike Comrie
To Edmonton Oilers
Jeff Woywitka
1st round pick in 2004
3rd round pick in 2005
December 17, 2003
To Philadelphia Flyers
5th round pick in 2004
To Minnesota Wild
Eric Chouinard
January 20, 2004
To Philadelphia Flyers
Danny Markov
To Carolina Hurricanes
Justin Williams
January 22, 2004
To Philadelphia Flyers
Mattias Timander
To New York Islanders
Tampa Bay's 7th round pick in 2004
February 9, 2004
To Philadelphia Flyers
5th round pick in 2004
To St. Louis Blues
Eric Weinrich
February 9, 2004
To Philadelphia Flyers
Sean Burke
Ben Eager
Branko Radivojevic
To Phoenix Coyotes
Mike Comrie
February 16, 2004
To Philadelphia Flyers
Steve Gainey
To Dallas Stars
Mike Siklenka
February 19, 2004
To Philadelphia Flyers
Alexei Zhamnov
Washington's 4th round pick in 2004
To Chicago Blackhawks
Jim Vandermeer
Colin Fraser
2nd round pick in 2004
March 8, 2004
To Philadelphia Flyers
Vladimir Malakhov
To New York Rangers
Rick Kozak
2nd round pick in 2005
March 8, 2004
To Philadelphia Flyers
8th round pick in 2004
3rd round pick in 2005
To Dallas Stars
Chris Therien

Other transactionsEdit

Date Player Team (League) Notes
Signed via free agency
July 1, 2003 Jeff Hackett Boston (NHL)
July 14, 2003 Boyd Kane Springfield (AHL)
July 14, 2003 Peter White Chicago (NHL)
July 24, 2003 Mike Peluso Chicago (NHL)
October 20, 2003 Steve Webb NY Islanders (NHL)
Lost via free agency
May 28, 2003 Mark Greig Hamburg (DEL)
August 25, 2003 Jamie Wright Edmonton (NHL)
Retirement
February 9, 2004 Jeff Hackett
Claimed off waivers
February 22, 2004 Mike Siklenka NY Rangers (NHL)
Lost on waivers
October 3, 2003 Mike Siklenka NY Rangers (NHL) Waiver draft
October 22, 2003 Steve Webb Pittsburgh (NHL)
Re-signed
June 10, 2003 Eric Chouinard 2 years
June 10, 2003 Sami Kapanen 2 years
June 30, 2003 Eric Desjardins 2 years
June 30, 2003 Claude Lapointe 2 years
July 30, 2003 Radovan Somik 2 years
July 30, 2003 Justin Williams 1 year
December 20, 2003 Mike Comrie 1 year
Signed to Entry Level contracts
May 17, 2003 Randy Jones Clarkson (ECAC) Undrafted free agent
July 15, 2003 Joni Pitkanen Karpat (SM-liiga) Drafted 4th overall, 2002

Draft picksEdit

Philadelphia's picks at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.[4]

Rnd # Player Position Nationality Drafted from
1 11 Jeff Carter Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
1 24 Mike Richards Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
3 69 Colin Fraser Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
3 81 Stefan Ruzicka Right Wing Flag of Slovakia Slovakia MHC Nitra (Slovakia)
3 85 Alexandre Picard Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
3 87 Ryan Potulny Center Flag of the United States United States Lincoln Stars (USHL)
3 95 Rick Kozak Right Wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
4 108 Kevin Romy Center Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Servette Geneve (SwissA)
5 140 David Tremblay Goaltender Flag of Canada.svg Canada Hull Olympiques (QMJHL)
6 191 Rejean Beauchemin Goaltender Flag of Canada.svg Canada Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
6 193 Ville Hostikka Goaltender Flag of Finland Finland SaiPa Jrs. (FIN)

Farm teamsEdit

The Flyers were affiliated with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL and the Trenton Titans of the ECHL.[5][6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. FlyersHistory.net, All Time Team Attendance
  2. Wore number 32 earlier in the season.
  3. Burke wore number 33 in his first game back with the team.
  4. hockeydb.com, 2003 NHL Entry Draft
  5. FlyersHistory.net, Non-AHL Affiliates
  6. FlyersHistory.net, AHL Season Overview: 2003–04


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