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04-09-2011, 12:06 AM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Bob Dailey, D
-Spent significant time on both the pp and pk
-1978 & 1981 NHL ASG participant
-1975: Named Vancouver Canucks' top defenceman (Team was 9th in the league)
-1979: Named Philadelphia Flyers' top defenceman (Team was 4th in the league)
-1981: Named Philadelphia Flyers' top defenceman (Team was 6th in the league)
-Scoring finishes among D: 9, 11, 17, 20, 22, 26
-D scoring on team: 4th, 1st, 2nd*, 2nd**, 1st, 2nd, 1st, 2nd***
**Was traded, his total production would have been good for 2nd on each team
-He raised his game in the playoffs going from .58ppg to .73 ppg
-4 times over 100 PIMS
Originally Posted by
Legends of Hockey
Bob Dailey was selected 9th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft after a successful junior career with the Toronto Marlboros.
At 6'5" Dailey had the size and strength to patrol the defense with a remarkable amount of agility for a man of his size
In his rookie season with the Canucks in 1973-74, Dailey suited up for all 76 games, scoring seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points while spending 143 minutes in the penalty box. The following year, Dailey played in 70 games, improving his statistics to 12 goals and 36 assists for 48 points as the Canucks advanced to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in their short history.
Midway through the 1976-77 season Dailey was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers, who continued to look for
more size and strength
for their famed Broad Street Bullies' lineup. The Flyers felt they had lost some of their edginess after having lost in the 1976 Stanley Cup finals to the Montreal Canadiens both on the scoresheet and in the trenches. Reports say the Philadelphia organization was extremely impressed by the Canadiens' 6'4" Larry Robinson, who not only contributed points to Montreal's Cup victory, but also handed the likes of the Flyers' xxx and xxx a humbling lesson in fighting.
Looking to obtain their own large, tough, offensive defenseman, the Flyers focused their attention on Dailey
. The Flyers sent defensemen xxx and xxx to the West Coast in the deal.
In 1977-78, his first full year in Philadelphia, Dailey did not disappoint. He scored 21 goals and 36 assists for 57 points, career bests in all three categories. However, the playoffs were deemed a failure for the Flyers, who had expected to return to the Stanley Cup finals after an early exit the previous year.
Dailey played one more complete season with the Flyers before a freak injury early in the 1981-82 season ultimately forced his retirement. In November 1981, Dailey fractured his ankle in a game against the Buffalo Sabres when he caught his skate in a rut while being checked.
Originally Posted by
Years before the likes of Al MacInnis and Rob Blake gained fame and fortune with their blistering right-handed slap shots,
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Bob “The Count” Dailey terrorized NHL goaltenders with deadly accurate 100 mile-per-hour blasts from the point.
A two-time winner of the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the Flyers’ best defenseman,
Dailey possessed a rare combination of imposing size (6’5’’, 220 pounds), remarkable agility and an occasional mean streak
that also carried him to a pair of NHL All-Star Game selections and a Vancouver Premier’s Trophy as the Canucks’ best defenseman.
With the sole exception of U.S. and Flyers Hall of Fame inductee Mark Howe, Dailey was arguably the best offensive defenseman in franchise history
. During his Flyers career, Dailey averaged two points for every three games played and recorded a 21-goal season during his first full year in the orange and black.
Unfortunately, a series of injuries, including major shoulder and knee injuries, curtailed Dailey’s effectiveness. When reasonably healthy,
Dailey was a heavy body checker as well as an offensive force
. But he often played at far less than 100-percent, which made his career seem sporadic and inconsistent to those who were unaware of his physical struggles. Even in his All-Star seasons, Dailey was subject to such lofty expectations that he was sometimes branded an underachiever.
Dailey’s injury woes culminated with a shattered ankle suffered in November of 1981. The injury ended the Count’s NHL career at the age of 28 – an age most defensemen are hitting the prime of their careers.
“It’s not often as a coach that you have a defenseman who can change a game by himself. At his best, Bob Dailey could do that,”
former Flyers head coach Pat Quinn said in 1994. “If Dailey would have stayed healthier when he was a young player, I think he might have been reached the same type of level in his career as players like Larry Robinson or Denis Potvin.
He had that kind of talent
, although he wasn’t as consistent."
Originally Posted by
The Flyers, looking for
a mobile yet rugged defenseman
, traded Larry Goodenough and Jack McIlhargey to Vancouver part way through the 1976-77 season.
Daily had an incredible first full year in Philadelphia - scoring 21 goals and 57 points in 76 games. That was strong enough to get him a nod in his first NHL all star game appearance. And while he never came close to putting up such strong numbers again,
he remained among the top defensemen in the league
. He returned to the NHL All Star game in 1981.
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