Flyers' 2020 NHL Draft Targets: Defensemen

Flyers' 2020 NHL Draft Targets: Defensemen

May 31st, 2020 It’s official, the NHL is coming back eventually to finish the 2019-20 season. The playoff format has some interesting wrinkles, such as the best-of-five qualifying round and the four-team round-robin involving the top-four seeded teams in each conference. With the return to action looming,...
Today in Hockey History: May 31

Today in Hockey History: May 31

May 31st, 2020 Goaltenders and defenseman grabbed the spotlight through National Hockey League history on May 31. This date was also a very busy day behind the bench across the league while some teams got one win closer to the ultimate prize. Goaltenders Take Center Stage The Edmonton Oilers won their...

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May 17th, 2020
Flyers History

The Philadelphia Flyers once traded Mike Richards for Tyler Pitlick — well, not directly. Over the course of eight years and three trades, the Flyers went from Richards to Pitlick. Here's how it happened. Mike Richards Trade (6/23/11) The saga began when the Flyers traded their captain to the Los Angeles Kings in June of 2011. Richards had been a first-round draft pick of the Flyers back in 2003. In his rookie season in 2005-06, he recorded 11 goals and 23 assists. After that, Richards quickly rose to stardom. Just a couple of seasons later, he tallied 28 goals and 47 assists for 75 points. Midway through that breakout season, the Flyers locked Richards up on a 12-year, $69 million contract extension. Mike Richards and Bill McCreary (THW Archives) Now expected to be a long-term fixture of the Flyers, Richards was made captain prior to the start of the 2008-09 season. He responded well to his new duties by tallying 30 goals and 50 assists for a career-high 80 points. He...
May 16th, 2020
Philadelphia Flyers

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame honors some of the best Americans to ever contribute to the game. Like the Hockey Hall of Fame located in Toronto, Ontario, the U.S. association also selects and inducts a number of players and other personnel per year. Over the span of the association’s existence, there have been some who have been bestowed upon this honor who have also had at least a part of their career with the Philadelphia Flyers. Their contributions helped grow the game in the United States. Mark Howe Son of one of the best players in NHL history in Gordie Howe, Mark is statistically the best defenseman in Flyers history. He accumulated a total of 138 goals and 342 assists for 480 points in 594 games in the regular season between 1982-83 and 1991-92. In addition, he tallied eight goals and 45 assists for 53 points in a total of 82 games in the playoffs. Related: Flyers Showdown - Lindros vs. Clarke Howe started off his hockey journey as a forward instead of a...
May 16th, 2020
Flyers History

The Philadelphia Flyers have a rich history of team captains. Of course, Bobby Clarke immediately comes to mind. In fact, when I asked on Twitter, fans overwhelmingly voted Clarke as the greatest Flyers captain of all time. Still, the list includes other legends like Eric Lindros and Claude Giroux. Since the Flyers entered the league in 1967, they've had 18 captains in all but two seasons (1992-93 and the lockout season of 2004-05). Here's the complete list of those who have donned the "C" for Philadelphia. Lou Angotti (1967-68) Lou Angotti (THW Archives) The Flyers snagged Lou Angotti from the Chicago Black Hawks (as they were then known) with the 33rd overall pick in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft. He then served as captain during the Flyers' inaugural season. Unlike other teams that struggled in their early years, the Flyers entered the NHL guns blazing. They won the West Division that season before losing to the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the playoffs. As for...
May 16th, 2020
Flyers History

The most successful team in the National Hockey League made plenty of noise on this date throughout the years. May 16 also featured plenty of overtime drama, broken records and raised Stanley Cups. Canadiens Rule the Day When you’ve won as many Stanley Cups as the Montreal Canadiens have, you are going to have a lot of memories during the month of May. On May 16, 1971, Jean Beliveau picked up two assists in a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. These were the final two points of Beliveau’s legendary career as he announced his retirement shortly after the Canadiens win Game 7. He retired with 176 career playoff points, which were the most in NHL history at the time. The Canadiens ended the two-year championship run of the Philadelphia Flyers on May 16, 1976. Guy Lafleur and Wayne Stephenson score in the third period to lead the way to a 5-3 win, completing a four-game sweep. This was Montreal’s 19th Stanley Cup win and their first of...