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Bill Barber
Billbarber
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
195 lb (89 kg)
Teams Philadelphia Flyers
Nationality Canadian
Born July 11, 1952,
Callander, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 7th overall, 1972
Philadelphia Flyers
Pro Career 1972 – 1984
Hall of Fame, 1990

William Charles "Bill" Barber (born July 11, 1952 in Callander, Ontario) is a retired Canadian professional forward who played for the Philadelphia Flyers in the National Hockey League (NHL). As part of the famed LCB (Leach, Clarke, Barber) line, Barber helped lead the Flyers to the franchise's two Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975. He is currently a scouting consultant with the Flyers.

Playing careerEdit

Barber was drafted by the Flyers 7th in the first round of the 1972 draft. He was called up after only 11 games in the AHL with the Richmond Robins. In his first season with the Flyers Barber scored 30 goals and 34 assists and was a contender for the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year.

Barber was converted to left wing by coach Fred Shero. He scored at least 20 goals every season. His best season was 50 goals and 62 assists in the 1975–76 season. In the Flyers' successful 1974 and 1975 Stanley Cup playoff campaigns, Barber contributed six goals in each, 15 and 13 points respectively. In addition to his respectable scoring abilities, Barber was also a well rounded player. On a power play he was equally valuable for setting up the play as he was a pulling the trigger. And if forced into a defensive role, he was capable. Barber said of himself, "I want to be remembered as being capable of doing my job day in and day out, not just as a goal scorer, but as a good all-around player for every kind of situation."

In the 1976 Canada Cup, Barber scored one of his most famous goals while playing for Team Canada. Behind in the final against Czechoslovakia, Barber scored to send the game into overtime, and an eventual Team Canada victory.

He was a team leader for the next decade. In 1979–80, the Flyers had their record 35 game unbeaten streak, and Barber was in the center of it all. He helped the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Finals in the spring of 1980 with a number of key playoff goals against the NY Rangers and Minnesota North Stars.

Barber captained the Flyers in the 1981–82 season and part of 1982–83. As of the start of the 2008-2009 season, he still holds the Flyers regular season career scoring record with 420 goals. He is tied for the lead for Flyers career player goal with Richard MacLeish; both have 53 playoff tallies.

Retirement and Coaching CareerEdit

Barber was forced to retire as a player after the 1984–85 season after being unable to return from reconstructive knee surgery in the spring of 1984.

The Flyers retired his number 7, on October 7, 1990. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990.

After his playing career he would coach the Flyers from December 2000 until April 2002, winning the Jack Adams Award after 2000–01. He also coached the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, to their first Calder Cup victory in 1998. He was the Director of Player Personnel for the Tampa Bay Lightning, a position he held from August 2002 to June 2008. Barber's name was added to the Stanley Cup for a third time in 2004 with Tampa Bay. On October 13, 2008, he returned to the Flyers organization when he was named a scouting consultant.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1969–70 Kitchener Rangers OHA 54 37 49 86 42 - - - - -
1970–71 Kitchener Rangers OHA 61 46 59 105 129 - - - - -
1971–72 Kitchener Rangers OHA 62 44 63 107 89 - - - - -
1972–73 Richmond Robins AHL 11 9 5 14 4 2 0 0 0 2
1972–73 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 69 30 34 64 46 11 3 2 5 22
1973–74 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 34 35 69 54 17 3 6 9 18
1974–75 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 34 37 71 66 17 6 9 15 8
1975–76 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 50 62 112 104 16 6 7 13 18
1976–77 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 20 35 55 62 10 1 4 5 2
1977–78 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 41 31 72 34 12 6 3 9 2
1978–79 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 34 46 80 22 8 3 4 7 10
1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 40 32 72 17 19 12 9 21 23
1980–81 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 43 42 85 69 12 11 5 16 0
1981–82 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 45 44 89 85 4 1 5 6 4
1982–83 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 66 27 33 60 28 3 1 1 2 2
1983–84 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 63 22 32 54 36 - - - - -
NHL totals 903 420 463 883 623 129 53 55 108 109

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1976 Canada Can-Cup 7 2 0 2 4
1979 NHL All-Stars Ch-Cup 3 0 1 1 0
1982 Canada WC-A 10 8 1 9 10
Senior Int'l Totals 20 10 2 12 14

Coaching recordEdit

American Hockey League

Team          Season    Wins Losses OTL/T
Hershey       1984-85    6     9      1
Philadelphia  1996-97    49    18    13
Philadelphia  1997-98    47    21    12
Philadelphia  1998-99    44    31     5
National Hockey League

Team          Season      Wins Losses OTL/T
Philadelphia  2000-01      31    13    10*
Philadelphia  2001-02      42    27    13*
* - Qualified for NHL Playoffs

Total NHL Coaching Record - 73-40-23

00-01 Playoffs - Lost to Buf 2-4
01-02 Playoffs - Lost to Ott 1-4

Total NHL Playoff Record - 3-8 


External linksEdit


Preceded by
Pierre Plante
Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick
1972
Succeeded by
Mel Bridgman
Preceded by
Mel Bridgman
Philadelphia Flyers captains
1981-82
Succeeded by
Bobby Clarke
Preceded by
Joel Quenneville
Jack Adams Award Winners
2001
Succeeded by
Bob Francis
Preceded by
Craig Ramsay
Philadelphia Flyers head coaches
2000–02
Succeeded by
Ken Hitchcock
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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