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08-15-2012, 09:18 PM
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Rob Scuderi
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Tom Bladon, D

6'1", 195 lbs.

610 GP, 270 PTS
86 Playoff GP, 37 PTS, x2 Stanley Cup wins

x2 All-Star Game appearances

Point finishes among defensemen: 7 (1973), 9 (1977), 16 (1974)

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Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
Tom Bladon was a hard shooting, offensive minded defenseman best known for his days with the Philadelphia Flyers. Nicknamed "Bomber" because of how hard he could shoot the puck, Bladon broke Bobby Orr's record for most points in one game by a defenseman.

However Bladon is never really mentioned when it comes to elite defensemen such as Orr and Coffey. Although he was probably the top offensive defenseman of the Philadelphia Flyers during their two Stanley Cup victories in the mid-1970s, he's an often forgotten about member of that team as well.

Bladon broke into the league as a rookie in 1972-73, one year after his Edmonton Oil Kings fell just short of capturing the Memorial Cup. Bladon stepped into the Philadelphia and was a bit of an oddity on the Broad Street Bullies. He was anything but a real physical player, instead he relied on skill.

Bladon scored 11 goals and 42 points in an impressive rookie campaign. He slipped somewhat during the Cup years - scoring 12 goals and 34 points in 1973-74 and 9 goals and 29 points in 1974-75, although his plus/minus went through the roof with career highs 42 and 45 respectively.

Bladon's numbers improved as the team tried to get a little younger following the two championships. Bladon got more ice time and responded with 14 goals and 37 pints in 1975-76, and then with 10 goals and a career high 43 assists for a career high 53 points in 1976-77 - the year he broke Bobby Orr's record.

Bladon stepped back to reality in 1977-78 when he scored 11 goals and 35 points in what proved to be his final season in Philadelphia. He failed to raise his goal totals to double digits just once in 6 seasons in Philly, a true feat for a defenseman.

Bladon was never able to duplicate his success once he left Philadelphia however. This is due partly to the fact he was moved so often. Over the next three years he would play with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets and Detroit Red Wings, not to mention the Wings farm team in Adirondack (AHL). Tom admitted that this was a very tough time in his life, and he opted to retire.

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