It is the thirtyfifth anniversary of the Flyers 1st Cup clincher... and the age of the Expansion teams being equals in the NHL came to be.
Here is a list of the players from that year:
(Those living in the area, that I'm aware of, are in bold... Flett and Ashbee are deceased)
Ross Lonsberry Gary Dornhoefer
Bill Flett Orest Kindrachuk
Andre Dupont Jim Watson
Ed Van Impe
Barry Ashbee Bob Kelly
I remember leaving my house as soon as the game ended and going down to Rexy's, assuming that I would be one of only a few there... I was amaze how many of us were there by the evening's end; thousands of us had the same idea. It was a madhouse and it seemed like everyone in South Jersey was out on the streets celebrating -- contrastingly, I was upset and stunned that I was the only person on my block last October to be out and honking my horn for the Phillies as they clinched the World Series.
For the Flyers to beat the Big Bad Bruins, a team that they had trouble beating in their first seven years, only once at The Garden, was amazing... Our baby franchise had slain the giant and we were the kings. My loyalty for the 'new' team had paid off in spades... That may have been in the top five of my greatest memories, after the birth of my kids. The afterglow lasted for years... and my love for the O&B, which began well before the Cup win, is still going as strong as ever.
I was unfortunately negative 13 when this happened.
You guys wanna go get your moms and dads for this thread?... Go ahead, I'll wait.
Seriously, the joy last Fall with the Phillies seemed so much more for the young-uns who lived so long without a championship of any kind that they could call their own... I can't wait for you guys and my son to experience a Flyers Cup. I also hope for another one before I join The Fog, Cowboy, Ashcan and Geno watching in the Great Skybox.
There is nothing like watching your team skate around with the Cup... and to see it back to back was unbelievable -- should been three except for Bernie's injury... and maybe even four had Leon Stickle been awake -- and the win over the Soviet Red Army capped it off.
Congratulations and that was a great team (Parent was the best goalie I've ever seen), but that call on Bobby Orr was garbage. GARBAGE!
Thanks, Bernie may not have been the best goalie of all time -- Brodeur is, IMO -- but he may have had the best two year stretch, regular season and playoffs, of any goalie ever... His GAA average and clutch saves were flat out fantastic. IMO it is a crime that his number of wins in a regular season record has be taken away from him in an era that has no ties and not only were there OT wins but SO wins... In Bernie's day there where neither; even a fraction of his ties being wins would have put his record out of reach. I asked him about it at the Wachovia Center Atrium when it happened -- actually I bitterly ranted to him about how he was being ripped off -- and he said all the PC things as he was being humble and gracious to Brodeur... but he has to feel robbed. Does the 'official' records have an asterisk beside the new record and give Bernie his props?
As for the Orr call... I don't see it as a garbage call. I have seen far worse -- many, many, Mannie times -- I honestly had no problem with it... The only argument could be letting a call slide in such a situation, but in my eyes it was a penalty.
For the Flyers to beat the Big Bad Bruins, a team that they had trouble beating in their first seven years, only once at The Garden, was amazing... Our baby franchise had slain the giant and we were the kings.
Gene Hart's voice in this clip says a lot:
The Game 2 win at Boston was literally astounding to the hockey world - it was beyond the imagination of anyone associated with ice hockey that the Flyers could beat the Bruins that year.
My first Flyers related playoff memory is the '87 series against the Oilers. While most of you who watched the series fondly remember the J.J. Daigneault Game 6 winner, I was pulling for the Oilers (read: Gretzky) at the time. Anderson's late goal in Game 7 (and my celebration that followed) is one of my first hockey memories.
35 years ago?!? That is almost like never winning a cup. This org use to be tops in the NHL. What happened. I am just so disappointed with the Flyers. The management has been garbage over the past 20 plus years. How long has it been since the Flyers had a great goalie?? (and don't count hextall. He was ok to good at best) In the NFL you build around a QB. In Baseball you build around a great Pitcher. In the NHL, teams the keep winning build around a top goalie.......sorry all just tired of people living in the past.