1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers Season
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1975%E2%80%9376 Philadelphia Flyers Season
1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers
Campbell Conference champions
Patrick Division champions
Division1st Patrick
Conference1st Campbell
1975-76 record51-13-16
Home record36-2-2
Road record15-11-14
Goals for348 (1st)
Goals against209 (3rd)
Team information
PresidentJoe Scott
General ManagerKeith Allen
CoachFred Shero
CaptainBobby Clarke
Alternate captainsNone[a]
ArenaSpectrum
Average attendance17,077[1]
Minor league affiliate(s)Richmond Robins
Philadelphia Firebirds
Team leaders
GoalsReggie Leach (61)
AssistsBobby Clarke (89)
PointsBobby Clarke (119)
Penalty minutesDave Schultz (307)
Plus/minusBobby Clarke (+83)
WinsWayne Stephenson (40)
Goals against averageGary Inness (1.51)

The 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' ninth season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the third consecutive year, but they lost to the Montreal Canadiens in a four-game sweep.

Regular season

The Flyers recorded the best record in team history (points wise) with a record of 51-13-16 in 1975-76. They also tied the record set by the 1929-30 Boston Bruins for most consecutive home ice wins, with 20. The LCB line, featuring Reggie Leach at right-wing, Bobby Clarke at center, and Bill Barber at left-wing, set an NHL record for goals by a single line with 141 (Leach 61, Clarke 30, Barber 50). Clarke, on his way to a third Hart Trophy, set a club record for points in one season with 119.

The highlight of the season had no bearing on the season standings. On January 11 at the Spectrum, the Flyers, as part of the Super Series '76, played a memorable exhibition game against the Soviet Union's dominant Central Red Army team. As the Bullies had put intimidation to good use the past three years, the Flyers' rugged style of play led the Soviets to leave the ice midway through the first period, protesting a hit by Ed Van Impe on Valeri Kharlamov (whom Clarke had slashed on the ankle in the famous Summit Series '72). After some delay, the Soviets returned after they were warned that they would lose their salary for the entire series. The Flyers went on to win the game rather easily, 4-1, and were the only team to defeat the Red Army outright in the series. Head coach Fred Shero would proclaim, "Yes we are world champions. If they had won, they would have been world champions. We beat the hell out of a machine."[2]

Season standings

Patrick Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Philadelphia Flyers 80 51 13 16 348 209 118
New York Islanders 80 42 21 17 297 190 101
Atlanta Flames 80 35 33 12 262 237 82
New York Rangers 80 29 42 9 262 333 67

[3]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Playoffs

Heading into the playoffs, the Flyers squeaked past Toronto in seven games and defeated Boston in five games, Game 5 featuring a five-goal outburst by Leach, the Riverton Rifle, to head to a third straight appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals. However, the Flyers didn't come close to a third straight championship, as they ran into an up-and-coming dynasty in Montreal, and were swept in four straight games. Despite the loss, Leach was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for scoring 19 goals in 16 playoff games.

Schedule and results

Regular season

Playoffs

Player statistics

Scoring

  • Position abbreviations: C = Center; D = Defense; G = Goaltender; LW = Left Wing; RW = Right Wing
  • dagger = Joined team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, signing) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
  • double-dagger = Left team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, release) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
Regular season Playoffs
No. Player Age Pos GP G A Pts +/- PIM GP G A Pts +/- PIM
16 Bobby Clarke 26 C 76 30 89 119 83 136 16 2 14 16 11 28
7 Bill Barber 23 LW 80 50 62 112 74 104 16 6 7 13 9 18
27 Reggie Leach 25 RW 80 61 30 91 73 41 16 19 5 24 14 8
26 Orest Kindrachuk 25 C 76 26 49 75 32 101 16 4 7 11 3 4
12 Gary Dornhoefer 32 RW 74 28 35 63 14 128 16 3 4 7 0 43
10 Mel Bridgman 20 C 80 23 27 50 22 86 16 6 8 14 1 31
11 Don Saleski 26 RW 78 21 26 47 33 68 16 6 5 11 8 47
18 Ross Lonsberry 28 LW 80 19 28 47 29 87 16 4 3 7 -3 2
19 Rick MacLeish 26 C 51 22 23 45 6 16 -- -- -- -- -- --
5 Larry Goodenough 23 D 77 8 34 42 45 83 16 3 11 14 8 6
3 Tom Bladon 23 D 80 14 23 37 45 68 16 2 6 8 2 14
6 Andre Dupont 26 D 75 9 27 36 40 214 15 2 2 4 14 46
20 Jimmy Watson 23 D 79 2 34 36 65 66 16 1 8 9 11 6
8 Dave Schultz 26 LW 71 13 19 32 24 307 16 2 2 4 7 90
14 Joe Watson 32 D 78 2 22 24 56 28 16 1 1 2 -1 10
9 Bob Kelly 25 LW 79 12 8 20 3 125 16 0 2 2 1 44
15 Terry Crisp 32 C 38 6 9 15 6 28 10 0 5 5 4 2
2 Ed Van Impedouble-dagger 35 D 40 0 8 8 16 60 -- -- -- -- -- --
29 Jack McIlhargey 23 D 57 1 2 3 11 205 15 0 3 3 5 41
21 Larry Wright 24 C 2 1 0 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- --
35 Wayne Stephenson 31 G 66 0 0 0 N/A 11 8 0 0 0 N/A 0
1 Bernie Parent 30 G 11 0 0 0 N/A 2 8 0 0 0 N/A 0
30 Bobby Taylordouble-dagger 31 G 4 0 0 0 N/A 2 -- -- -- -- -- --
25 Terry Murray 25 D 3 0 0 0 0 2 6 0 1 1 2 0
30 Gary Innessdagger 26 G 2 0 0 0 N/A 0 -- -- -- -- -- --
33 Jerome Mrazek 24 G 1 0 0 0 N/A 0 -- -- -- -- -- --
21 Bob Siroisdouble-dagger 21 RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- --
17 Paul Holmgren 20 RW 1 0 0 0 0 2 -- -- -- -- -- --

Goaltending

  • dagger = Joined team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, signing) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
  • double-dagger = Left team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, release) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
Regular season Playoffs
No. Player Age GP GS W L T SA GA GAA SV% SO TOI GP GS W L SA GA GAA SV% SO TOI
35 Wayne Stephenson 31 66 64 40 10 14 1774 164 2.58 .908 1 3,810:32 8 8 4 4 228 22 2.69 .904 0 490:52
1 Bernie Parent 30 11 10 6 2 2 259 24 2.35 .907 0 613:38 8 8 4 4 250 27 3.40 .892 0 476:33
30 Bobby Taylordouble-dagger 31 4 4 3 1 0 125 15 3.75 .880 0 240:00 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
30 Gary Innessdagger 26 2 2 2 0 0 60 3 1.51 .950 0 119:32 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
33 Jerome Mrazek 24 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 9.55 .500 0 6:17 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Awards and records

Awards

Type Award/honor Recipient Ref
League (annual) Conn Smythe Trophy Reggie Leach [4]
Hart Memorial Trophy Bobby Clarke [5]
NHL First All-Star Team Bill Barber (Left Wing) [6]
Bobby Clarke (Center)
NHL Second All-Star Team Reggie Leach (Right Wing) [6]
League (in-season) NHL All-Star Game selection Bill Barber [7][8]
Bobby Clarke[b]
Andre Dupont
Reggie Leach
Rick MacLeish[b]
Fred Shero (Coach)
Wayne Stephenson
Jim Watson
Team Barry Ashbee Trophy Jim Watson [9]
Miscellaneous Lionel Conacher Award Bobby Clarke [10]
Lou Marsh Trophy Bobby Clarke [11]

Records

  •  dagger  NHL record
  •  double-dagger  Tied for NHL record

Individual

Franchise player records set during the 1975-76 season
Record Type Total Player Date(s) Opponent Ref
Games with an assist Streak 12[c] Bobby Clarke 3/11/1976 - 4/3/1976 -- [12]
Goals scored Season 61 Reggie Leach -- -- [13]
Assists Season 89[d] Bobby Clarke -- -- [13]
Shots on goal Season 380 Bill Barber -- -- [13]
Assists per game Season 1.17 Bobby Clarke -- -- [14]
Penalties in minutes, playoffs Game 42dagger Dave Schultz 4/22/1976 Toronto Maple Leafs [15]
Penalties in minutes, playoffs Series 116dagger Dave Schultz -- Toronto Maple Leafs [16]
Goals scored, playoffs Game 5double-dagger Reggie Leach 5/6/1976 Boston Bruins [15]
Assists, playoffs Game 4[e] Bobby Clarke 5/6/1976 Boston Bruins [15]
Games with a goal, playoffs Streak 10dagger Reggie Leach 4/17/1976 - 5/9/1976 -- [15]
Goals scored, playoffs Season 19double-dagger Reggie Leach -- -- [17]

Team

Franchise team records set during the 1975-76 season
Record Type Total Date(s) Opponent Player(s) Refs
Games won at home Streak 20 1/4/1976 - 4/3/1976 -- -- [18][19]
Most wins at home Season 36double-dagger -- -- -- [20]
Fewest losses at home Season 2 -- -- -- [20]
Most points Season 118 -- -- -- [21]
Best points percentage Season .738 -- -- -- [21]
Goals scored by a line Season 141 -- -- Reggie Leach (61) [12]
Bill Barber (50)
Bobby Clarke (30)
Points by a line Season 322 -- -- Bobby Clarke (119) [12]
Bill Barber (112)
Reggie Leach (91)
Penalties in minutes, playoffs Game 107 4/15/1976 Toronto Maple Leafs -- [22]
Fastest two goals, playoffs Game 0:13 4/20/1976 Toronto Maple Leafs Gary Dornhoefer [22]
Don Saleski
Goals scored, playoffs Period 5[f] 4/25/1976 Toronto Maple Leafs -- [16]

Milestones

Franchise firsts
Milestone Player Details Date Ref
60-goal season Reggie Leach Even-strength goal at 10:06 of the second period against Ron Low April 1, 1976 [23]
5-goal game, playoffs Reggie Leach 1: Even-strength goal at 5:45 of the first period against Gilles Gilbert May 6, 1976 [24]
2: Even-strength goal at 2:02 of the second period against Gilbert
3: Even-strength goal at 8:51 of the second period against Gilbert
4: Even-strength goal at 17:09 of the second period against Gilbert
5: Even-strength goal at 8:07 of the third period against Gilbert

Transactions

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from May 28, 1975, the day after the deciding game of the 1975 Stanley Cup Finals, through May 16, 1976, the day of the deciding game of the 1976 Stanley Cup Finals.[25]

Trades

Date Details Ref
June 3, 1975 To Philadelphia Flyers
1st-round pick in 1975
To Washington Capitals
Bill Clement
Don McLean
1st-round pick in 1975
[26]
December 15, 1975 To Philadelphia Flyers
future considerations[g]
To Washington Capitals
Bob Sirois
[27]
March 9, 1976 To Philadelphia Flyers
Gary Inness
future considerations[h]
To Pittsburgh Penguins
Bobby Taylor
Ed Van Impe
[28]

Signings

Free agency

The following players were signed by the Flyers via free agency.

Date Player Previous team (league) Term Ref
August 6, 1975 Dave Kelly Providence College (HE) [29]
September 10, 1975 Larry Wright California Golden Seals [30]
September 10, 1975 Wayne Schaab Omaha Knights (CHL) [30]
September 23, 1975 Terry Murray California Golden Seals [31]

Internal

The following players were either re-signed by the Flyers or, in the case of the team's selections in the NHL Entry Draft, signed to contracts.

Date Player Term Ref
June 6, 1975 Mel Bridgman (DP) 5-year [32]
August 6, 1975 Bob Ritchie (DP) [29]
September 5, 1975 Dave Schultz 5-year [33]
September 16, 1975 Orest Kindrachuk multi-year
March 7, 1976 Paul Holmgren (DP) multi-year [34]

NHL Intra-League Draft

The 1975 NHL Intra-League Draft was held on June 17, 1975.[35] Each NHL team placed 18 skaters and 2 goaltenders on a protected list from which the other teams could not select.[35] It cost $40,000 to make a claim.[35] The Flyers were not involved in any selections during the draft.[35]

Departures

The following players left the team via free agency, release, or retirement. Players who were under contract and left the team during the season are marked with an asterisk (*).

Date Player New team (league) Via Ref
June 2, 1975 Ted Harris -- Retirement [36]

Draft picks

Philadelphia's picks at the 1975 NHL Amateur Draft, which was held at the NHL's office in Montreal, Quebec, on June 3, 1975.[37] The Flyers traded their second-round pick, 36th overall, along with the rights to Randy Andreachuk to the St. Louis Blues for Wayne Stephenson on September 16, 1974.[38]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (league) Notes
1 1 Mel Bridgman Center  Canada Victoria Cougars (WCHL) [i]
3 54 Bob Ritchie Left Wing  Canada Sorel Black Hawks (QMJHL)
4 72 Rick St. Croix Goaltender  Canada Oshawa Generals (OHL)
5 90 Gary Morrison Forward  United States University of Michigan (CCHA)
6 108 Paul Holmgren Forward  United States University of Minnesota (WCHA)
7 126 Dana Decker Left Wing  United States Michigan Tech University (WCHA)
9 160 Viktor Khatulev Defense  Latvia Dynamo Riga (USSR)
10 175 Duffy Smith Defense  Canada Bowling Green State University (CCHA)

Farm teams

The Flyers were affiliated with the Richmond Robins of the AHL[39][40] and the Philadelphia Firebirds of the NAHL.[41]

Notes

  1. ^ The alternate captain position was abolished from the 1975-76 season through the 1984-85 season.
  2. ^ a b Clarke did not play and was replaced by MacLeish.
  3. ^ Clarke tied this record during the 1977-78 season.
  4. ^ Clarke tied his assist total from the 1974-75 season.
  5. ^ Tied five times by five different players. See List of Philadelphia Flyers records.
  6. ^ Tied four times. See List of Philadelphia Flyers records.
  7. ^ The Capitals sent John Paddock to the Flyers on September 1, 1976, to complete trade.[27]
  8. ^ The Flyers later received the Penguins' 1977 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th-round picks to complete the trade.
  9. ^ The Flyers acquired the 1st overall pick from the Washington Capitals for Bill Clement, Don McLean and the Flyers' first-round pick, 18th overall, on June 3, 1975.[38]

References

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  12. ^ a b c 2016-2017 Philadelphia Flyers Media Guide, p. 263
  13. ^ a b c "NHL.com - Stats". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2016.
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  15. ^ a b c d 2016-2017 Philadelphia Flyers Media Guide, p. 350
  16. ^ a b 2016-2017 Philadelphia Flyers Media Guide, p. 349
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  18. ^ 2016-2017 Philadelphia Flyers Media Guide, p. 259
  19. ^ 2016-2017 Philadelphia Flyers Media Guide, p. 260
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  30. ^ a b "no title". Bucks County Courier Times. September 11, 1975. Retrieved 2014 – via Newspapers.com.
  31. ^ "Terry Murray - Notes". NHL.com. Retrieved 2014.
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  34. ^ "Flyers Sign Holmgren". AP. Silver City Daily Press. March 8, 1976. Retrieved 2014 – via Newspapers.com.
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  40. ^ "AHL Season Overview: 1975-76". P. Anson. Flyers History. Retrieved 2013.
  41. ^ "Non-AHL Affiliates". P. Anson. Flyers History. Retrieved 2013.

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