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Doug Favell, G



Favell played 377 games which isn't a lot until you consider that a lot of them were in the few years following expansion, where jobs were still pretty limited and platoons were common. Favell's record at stopping the puck is too good to ignore, though. Over his career he averaged 5 sv% points over the league average while helping get Philadelphia to respectability through the early 1970s.

- Top-10 in sv% 5 times (5th-1968, 7th-1971, 8th-1972, 3rd-1973, 4th-1974)
- short playoff career but also averaged 3 points above average in career
- from 1968-1973, Flyers' sv%: Parent .922, Favell .917, others .901
- 6th in all-star voting in 1978. one point behind teammate Parent, whose sv% he actually outperformed this time
- 4th in minutes in 1972, 9th in 1971

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Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
Doug Favell is best known for being the Flyers original goalie along with the legendary Bernie Parent. the two provided strong goaltending in the expansion Flyers formative years. Unfortunately for Favell, after 6 seasons with the Flyers, Doug was traded prior to the Flyers winning their two Stanley Cups in the mid 1970s.

Born on April 5, 1945 in St. Catharines, Ontario Doug was picked up by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft from the Boston Bruins organization. Doug had never played for the Bs but had put up impressive performances in 2 years with the Bruins farm teams.

Doug had a great rookie year, slightly better than Parent even. He recorded a career best 2.27 GAA and 4 shutouts in 37 games. He had a 15-15-6 record. Parent on the other hand had a similar year - 16-17-5 with 2.48 GAA and 4 more shutouts.

Doug struggled the next two years as Parent became the starting goalie, playing in most of the games. Favell saw little playing time over those two years, playing in just 36 contests, winning only 7.

Doug got to be the full time starter in 70-71 when Bernie Parent was traded midway through the year. He had another good year He finished the year with a 16-15-9 record. In 71-72. He played in 54 games, recording a 2.80 GAA and a career high 5 shutouts along with a 18-25-9 record. In 1972-73 Favell had a career high 20 wins against 15 losses and 4 ties, with a 2.83 GAA and 3 shutouts.

That proved to be Favell's final season in Philadelphia. Favell proved to be a good goalie, but not a great goalie. The Flyers were becoming a strong contender but were not getting the spectacular goaltending needed to take the Flyers to new heights in the playoffs..

Favell was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, ironically to complete the trade which saw the Flyers reacquired Bernie Parent. Favell played two decent years with the Leafs. In the meantime the Flyers won the next two Stanley Cups without him.

Prior to 76-77, Doug joined the Colorado Rockies, a new team that formed out of the old Kansas City Scouts. Doug was between the pipes for the Rockies first win on October 5, 1976. Otherwise highlights were few and far between in Denver. Favell won only 21 games in 3 seasons with the awful Rockies.
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Originally Posted by Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey
made a remarkable comeback from a severed Achilles tendon to beat Bernie Parent out of the regular goaltending job last year... a happy-go-lucky guy... carefree guy with a quick sense of humour... mod, glib, popular... credits Gerry Cheevers for improving his ability to cover angles by giving him an off-season tip... has developed into one of the league's most proficient netminders... depends on reflexes, flops to the ice more than most netminders... witty, refreshing guy... heartbroken when traded, but quickly adjusted... had an erratic but generally successful career in Philadelphia... stardom predicted for him has never materialized... has shown flashes of brilliance but has lacked consistency... often plagued by injuries... popular with fans... completed comeback last season with respectable campaign that helped team into playoffs for the first time... beat flyers twice during season, then was exceptional despite Philadelphia's victory of opening round series... career was spotted by injuries, but now a durable goalie.

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