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Mike Richards 2010-10-30

Mike Richards served as the Flyers captain from 2008–2011.

The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the National Hockey League's (NHL) Eastern Conference. The Flyers were founded in 1967 as one of six expansion teams, increasing the size of the NHL at that time to 12 teams.[1]

Since the franchise was established, the team has had 18 team captains,[2] including Bobby Clarke, who led the Flyers to two Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975. Clarke served the longest single stint, 7 seasons, as Flyers team captain and 9 seasons total while Eric Lindros and Dave Poulin each served 6 seasons as team captain. Claude Giroux is the current team captain.

In the NHL, each team may select a captain. Along with the two alternate captains, they have the "privilege of discussing with the referee any questions relating to interpretation of rules which may arise during the progress of a game".[3][4] Captains are required to wear the letter "C" on their uniform for identification, which is 3 inches (7.6 cm) high.[3]


* Stanley Cup (SC) winner (as Flyers team captain), Flyers Hall of Famer (FHOF) or Hockey Hall of Famer (HHOF)
# Number of team captains
dagger Replaced during the season
double-dagger Traded during the season, no replacement named

Team captainsEdit

Peter Forsberg

Swede Peter Forsberg playing for his home country. Forsberg was the first (and thus far only) non-North American captain in Flyers history.

Chris Pronger

Claude Giroux, seen here playing for Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics, is the Flyers current captain.

# Captain Position Seasons Reason for end of captaincy Notes
1 Angotti, LouLou Angotti Center 1 (1967–68) Traded to the St. Louis Blues on June 11, 1968.[5]
2 Van Impe, EdEd Van Impe
Defense 5 (196873)dagger Stepped aside in favor of Clarke in January 1973.[6] FHOF 1993
3 Clarke, BobbyBobby Clarke
Center 7 (197379) Became a playing assistant coach prior to the 1979–80 season and could not be team captain due to NHL rules.[7] SC 1974
SC 1975
HHOF 1987
FHOF 1988
4 Bridgman, MelMel Bridgman Center 2 (197981) Head coach Pat Quinn replaced him with Barber prior to the 1981–82 season.[8]
5 Barber, BillBill Barber
Left wing 2 (198182)dagger Clarke, no longer a playing assistant coach, reassumed the captaincy from him in December 1982.[7][9] FHOF 1989
HHOF 1990
6 Clarke, BobbyBobby Clarke
Center 2 (198284) Retired to become the team's general manager on May 15, 1984.[7] HHOF 1987
FHOF 1988
7 Poulin, DaveDave Poulin
Center 6 (198489)dagger Stripped of captaincy in December 1989.[10][11] FHOF 2004
8 Sutter, RonRon Sutter Center 2 (198991) Traded to the St. Louis Blues on September 22, 1991.[12]
9 Tocchet, RickRick Tocchet Right wing 1 (1991–92)double-dagger Traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 19, 1992.[13]
No captain 1 (1992–93)
10 Dineen, KevinKevin Dineen Right wing 1 (1993–94) Stepped aside in favor of Lindros on September 6, 1994.[14]
11 Lindros, EricEric Lindros Center 6 (19942000)dagger General manager Bob Clarke stripped him of the captaincy on March 27, 2000 after he criticized the team's medical staff.[15]
12 Desjardins, EricEric Desjardins Defense 3 (200001)dagger Resigned captaincy on October 23, 2001.[16]
13 Primeau, KeithKeith Primeau Center 4 (200106) Retired due to post-concussion syndrome on September 14, 2006.[17]
14 Hatcher, DerianDerian Hatcher Defense 1 (2006) He was captain on an interim basis from January 29, 2006[18] through September 2006.[19] [A]
15 Forsberg, PeterPeter Forsberg Center 1 (2006–07)double-dagger Traded to the Nashville Predators on February 15, 2007.[20]
16 Smith, JasonJason Smith Defense 1 (2007–08) Signed with the Ottawa Senators on July 8, 2008.[21]
17 Richards, MikeMike Richards Center 3 (200811) Traded to the Los Angeles Kings on June 23, 2011.[22]
18 Pronger, ChrisChris Pronger Defense 1 (201112) Traded contract to Arizona Coyotes in 2014 but hasn't played since 2011 due to post concussion syndrome
19 Giroux, ClaudeClaude Giroux Center 3 (2012present)


  • A  Keith Primeau suffered a concussion on October 25, 2005 in a game against the Montreal Canadiens and missed the rest of the season.[17] On January 29, 2006, Hatcher was named interim team captain for the duration of Primeau's absence.[18] He is officially counted as the 14th captain in franchise history.[18]




  1. Winter Classic Facts to Astound and Amaze. Philadelphia Flyers (2009-12-25). Retrieved on 2011-01-14.
  2. Pronger Named Captain. Philadelphia Flyers (2011-09-16). Retrieved on 2011-09-16.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rule 6 - Captain and Alternate Captains. NHL Enterprises, L.P.. Retrieved on 2009-02-23.
  4. Rossi, Rob. "The A-B-Cs of the 'C' and 'A'", Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 2008-10-02. Retrieved on 2008-02-23. 
  5. Lou Angotti's career stats at, retrieved 2011-05-08
  6. Flyers History - Hall of Fame Profile - Ed Van Impe. P. Anson. Retrieved on 2011-05-08.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Flyers History - Hall of Fame Profile - Bobby Clarke. P. Anson. Retrieved on 2011-05-08.
  8. Bill Meltzer (2006-12-13). Flyers Heroes of the Past: Mel Bridgman. Philadelphia Flyers. Retrieved on 2011-05-08.
  9. Bill Meltzer. Flyers History - Bill Meltzer's Heroes of the Past - Bill Barber #7. P. Anson. Retrieved on 2011-05-08.
  10. Bill Meltzer (2006-11-22). Flyers Heroes of the Past: Dave Poulin. Philadelphia Flyers. Retrieved on 2011-05-08.
  11. Dave Poulin's biography at Legends of Hockey, retrieved 2011-05-08
  12. Ron Sutter's career stats at, retrieved 2011-05-08
  13. Rick Tocchet's career stats at, retrieved 2011-05-08
  14. SPORTS PEOPLE: PRO HOCKEY; Flyers Name Lindros Their Captain. The New York Times (1994-09-07). Retrieved on 2011-05-08.
  15. Michael Farber (2000-04-10). Team Turmoil. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved on 2011-05-08.
  16. Tim Panaccio (2001-10-24). Desjardins yields helm as captain of Flyers. The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved on 2011-05-08.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Keith Primeau Announces His Retirement. Philadelphia Flyers (2006-09-14). Retrieved on 2011-05-08.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Derian Hatcher Named Team Captain. Philadelphia Flyers (2006-01-29). Retrieved on 2011-05-08.
  19. Hatcher Retires, Joins Front Office. Philadelphia Flyers (2009-06-15). Retrieved on 2011-05-08.
  20. Peter Forsberg's career stats at, retrieved 2011-05-08
  21. Jason Smith's career stats at, retrieved 2011-05-08
  22. Mike Richards's career stats at, retrieved 2011-06-23
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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