1969–70 Philadelphia Flyers season

The 1969–70 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' third season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers missed the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, setting a team record for fewest wins and an NHL record for most ties.

1969–70 Philadelphia Flyers
Division5th West
1969–70 record17–35–24
Home record11–14–13
Road record6–21–11
Goals for197 (9th)
Goals against225 (7th)
Team information
PresidentBill Putnam
Joe Scott
General managerBud Poile (fired)[a]
Keith Allen[a]
CoachVic Stasiuk
CaptainEd Van Impe
Alternate captainsDick Cherry
Unknown
ArenaSpectrum
Average attendance13,372[2]
Minor league affiliate(s)Quebec Aces
Flint Generals
Jersey Devils
Team leaders
GoalsGary Dornhoefer (26)
AssistsAndre Lacroix (36)
PointsAndre Lacroix (58)
Penalty minutesEarl Heiskala (171)
Plus/minusSimon Nolet (+12)
WinsBernie Parent (13)
Goals against averageBernie Parent (2.80)

Off-seasonEdit

On May 20, 1969, Keith Allen was named vice president and assistant general manager of the team and replaced as head coach by Vic Stasiuk.[3] Stasiuk spent the previous two seasons as the head coach of the Quebec Aces, the Flyers American Hockey League affiliate.[3]

The Flyers took a chance when they selected a 19-year-old diabetic from Flin Flon, Manitoba, named Bobby Clarke with their second draft pick, 17th overall, in the 1969 NHL Amateur Draft.

Regular seasonEdit

By the time training camp came around it was clear that Clarke was the best player on the team, and he quickly became a fan favorite. His 15 goals and 31 assists earned him a trip to the NHL All-Star Game.

On December 11, 1969, the Flyers introduced what became one of the team's best-known traditions: playing a recording of Kate Smith singing God Bless America instead of The Star-Spangled Banner before important games. The perception was that the team was more successful on these occasions, so the tradition grew. The move was initially done by Flyers promotion director Lou Scheinfeld as a way to defray national tensions at the time of the Vietnam War: Scheinfeld noticed that people regularly left their seats to walk around during the anthem, but showed more respect and often sang along to "God Bless America". To this day, the team plays the song before major playoff games, currently with Lauren Hart (daughter of Hall of Fame Flyers broadcast announcer Gene Hart) performing the first part of the song, a recording of Smith singing the second part, and Lauren Hart joining the recording for the finale. As of the close of the 2013–14 Flyers season, the Flyers have a record of 96–28–4 when God Bless America is sung prior to home games.[4]

General manager Bud Poile was fired on December 19.[1] Keith Allen was named his replacement on December 22.[1]

The team struggled in 1969–70 recording a franchise worst (as of completion of the 2013–14 season) in wins (17). Even with such a bad output, the Flyers had a seven-point lead on the Oakland Seals with six games to play. However, the Flyers lost their last six games and Oakland made up the deficit. They lost the tiebreaker for the final playoff spot to Oakland, missing the playoffs for the first time.

Season standingsEdit

West Division[5]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 St. Louis Blues 76 37 27 12 224 179 +45 86
2 Pittsburgh Penguins 76 26 38 12 182 238 −56 64
3 Minnesota North Stars 76 19 35 22 224 257 −33 60
4 Oakland Seals 76 22 40 14 169 243 −74 58
5 Philadelphia Flyers 76 17 35 24 197 225 −28 58
6 Los Angeles Kings 76 14 52 10 168 290 −122 38


Schedule and resultsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

1969–70 regular season[6]
October: 1–1–5, 7 Points (Home: 0–0–4; Road: 1–1–1)
Game Date Opponent Score Record Points Recap
1 October 11 @ Minnesota North Stars 0–4 0–1–0 0 Recap
2 October 15 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 3–3 0–1–1 1 Recap
3 October 19 Montreal Canadiens 1–1 0–1–2 2 Recap
4 October 22 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 4–3 1–1–2 4 Recap
5 October 23 Detroit Red Wings 2–2 1–1–3 5 Recap
6 October 26 St. Louis Blues 0–0 1–1–4 6 Recap
7 October 30 New York Rangers 3–3 1–1–5 7 Recap
November: 2–7–4, 8 Points (Home: 2–2–3; Road: 0–5–1)
Game Date Opponent Score Record Points Recap
8 November 1 @ St. Louis Blues 0–8 1–2–5 7 Recap
9 November 2 Minnesota North Stars 6–2 2–2–5 9 Recap
10 November 6 Montreal Canadiens 1–4 2–3–5 9 Recap
11 November 9 Oakland Seals 2–2 2–3–6 10 Recap
12 November 12 @ Minnesota North Stars 2–4 2–4–6 10 Recap
13 November 15 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 2–4 2–5–6 10 Recap
14 November 20 Los Angeles Kings 3–2 3–5–6 12 Recap
15 November 22 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 3–5 3–6–6 12 Recap
16 November 23 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–3 3–7–6 12 Recap
17 November 26 Detroit Red Wings 1–1 3–7–7 13 Recap
18 November 27 @ Boston Bruins 4–6 3–8–7 13 Recap
19 November 29 @ New York Rangers 2–2 3–8–8 14 Recap
20 November 30 Pittsburgh Penguins 3–3 3–8–9 15 Recap
December: 4–5–3, 11 Points (Home: 3–3–0; Road: 1–2–3)
Game Date Opponent Score Record Points Recap
21 December 3 @ Los Angeles Kings 7–1 4–8–9 17 Recap
22 December 5 @ Oakland Seals 2–2 4–8–10 18 Recap
23 December 7 St. Louis Blues 1–4 4–9–10 18 Recap
24 December 11 Toronto Maple Leafs 6–3 5–9–10 20 Recap
25 December 13 Boston Bruins 3–5 5–10–10 20 Recap
26 December 14 @ Chicago Black Hawks 1–4 5–11–10 20 Recap
27 December 17 @ New York Rangers 2–2 5–11–11 21 Recap
28 December 20 @ St. Louis Blues 0–3 5–12–11 21 Recap
29 December 21 Pittsburgh Penguins 4–0 6–12–11 23 Recap
30 December 25 Oakland Seals 3–1 7–12–11 25 Recap
31 December 27 @ Montreal Canadiens 2–2 7–12–12 26 Recap
32 December 28 Boston Bruins 4–5 7–13–12 26 Recap
January: 5–6–5, 15 Points (Home: 3–3–2; Road: 2–3–3)
Game Date Opponent Score Record Points Recap
33 January 1 @ Los Angeles Kings 3–4 7–14–12 26 Recap
34 January 3 Detroit Red Wings 1–6 7–15–12 26 Recap
35 January 4 Minnesota North Stars 3–1 8–15–12 28 Recap
36 January 7 @ St. Louis Blues 2–2 8–15–13 29 Recap
37 January 8 Los Angeles Kings 4–1 9–15–13 31 Recap
38 January 10 Oakland Seals 2–2 9–15–14 32 Recap
39 January 13 @ Oakland Seals 3–1 10–15–14 34 Recap
40 January 15 New York Rangers 4–4 10–15–15 35 Recap
41 January 17 @ Detroit Red Wings 3–5 10–16–15 35 Recap
42 January 18 Pittsburgh Penguins 4–6 10–17–15 35 Recap
43 January 22 @ Boston Bruins 3–3 10–17–16 36 Recap
44 January 24 @ Minnesota North Stars 6–0 11–17–16 38 Recap
45 January 25 St. Louis Blues 2–0 12–17–16 40 Recap
46 January 28 @ Chicago Black Hawks 2–2 12–17–17 41 Recap
47 January 29 @ Detroit Red Wings 3–4 12–18–17 41 Recap
48 January 31 Chicago Black Hawks 0–5 12–19–17 41 Recap
February: 3–6–3, 9 Points (Home: 2–2–1; Road: 1–4–2)
Game Date Opponent Score Record Points Recap
49 February 1 Montreal Canadiens 2–5 12–20–17 41 Recap
50 February 5 @ Boston Bruins 1–5 12–21–17 41 Recap
51 February 7 @ Chicago Black Hawks 4–4 12–21–18 42 Recap
52 February 8 @ Detroit Red Wings 5–3 13–21–18 44 Recap
53 February 12 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–3 13–21–19 45 Recap
54 February 14 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 3–4 13–22–19 45 Recap
55 February 15 Los Angeles Kings 7–1 14–22–19 47 Recap
56 February 17 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 2–4 14–23–19 47 Recap
57 February 18 @ New York Rangers 3–3 14–23–20 48 Recap
58 February 21 @ Montreal Canadiens 3–5 14–24–20 48 Recap
59 February 26 Chicago Black Hawks 2–3 14–25–20 48 Recap
60 February 28 Minnesota North Stars 6–2 15–25–20 50 Recap
March: 2–7–4, 8 Points (Home: 1–2–3; Road: 1–5–1)
Game Date Opponent Score Record Points Recap
61 March 1 Los Angeles Kings 4–4 15–25–21 51 Recap
62 March 4 @ Minnesota North Stars 2–2 15–25–22 52 Recap
63 March 7 Boston Bruins 5–5 15–25–23 53 Recap
64 March 8 Chicago Black Hawks 2–3 15–26–23 53 Recap
65 March 12 @ St. Louis Blues 2–4 15–27–23 53 Recap
66 March 14 @ Los Angeles Kings 5–3 16–27–23 55 Recap
67 March 15 @ Oakland Seals 1–2 16–28–23 55 Recap
68 March 19 New York Rangers 2–2 16–28–24 56 Recap
69 March 21 @ Montreal Canadiens 0–2 16–29–24 56 Recap
70 March 22 Oakland Seals 3–2 17–29–24 58 Recap
71 March 25 @ Oakland Seals 2–3 17–30–24 58 Recap
72 March 26 @ Los Angeles Kings 2–3 17–31–24 58 Recap
73 March 28 Pittsburgh Penguins 1–2 17–32–24 58 Recap
April: 0–3–0, 0 Points (Home: 0–2–0; Road: 0–1–0)
Game Date Opponent Score Record Points Recap
74 April 1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 1–4 17–33–24 58 Recap
75 April 2 St. Louis Blues 0–1 17–34–24 58 Recap
76 April 4 Minnesota North Stars 0–1 17–35–24 58 Recap
Legend:

  Win (2 points)   Loss (0 points)   Tie (1 point)

Player statisticsEdit

ScoringEdit

Regular season
No. Player Pos GP G A Pts +/- PIM
7 Andre Lacroix C 74 22 36 58 −6 14
12[b] Gary Dornhoefer RW 65 26 29 55 2 96
20 Jim Johnson C 72 18 30 48 1 17
16 Bobby Clarke C 76 15 31 46 1 68
11 Jean-Guy Gendron LW 71 23 21 44 8 54
17 Simon Nolet RW 56 22 22 44 12 36
10 Bill Sutherland LW 51 15 17 32 −2 30
3 Larry Hillman D 76 5 26 31 −9 73
9 Reg Fleming LW 65 9 18 27 −4 134
24 Terry Ball D 61 7 18 25 −7 20
8 Lew Morrison RW 66 9 10 19 −3 19
15 Garry Peters C 59 6 10 16 −9 69
19 Earl Heiskala LW 65 8 7 15 −15 171
14 Joe Watson D 54 3 11 14 0 28
23 Larry Hale D 53 1 9 10 −4 28
2 Ed Van Impe D 65 0 10 10 −1 117
6 Wayne Hillman D 68 3 5 8 −9 69
5 Dick Cherry D 68 3 4 7 −24 23
30 Bernie Parent G 62 0 3 3 14
21 Dick Sarrazin RW 18 1 1 2 −2 4
18 Rosaire Paiement RW 9 1 1 2 −2 4
22 Serge Bernier C 1 0 1 1 −1 0
4 Ralph MacSweyn D 17 0 0 0 −7 4
1 Doug Favell G 15 0 0 0 2
21 Darryl Edestrand D 2 0 0 0 −1 6
1 Dunc Wilson G 1 0 0 0 0

GoaltendingEdit

Regular season
No. Player GP GS W L T SA GA GAA SV% SO TOI
30 Bernie Parent 62 62 13 29 20 2159 171 2.80 .921 3 3,668:19
1 Doug Favell 15 13 4 5 4 516 43 3.15 .917 1 818:00
1 Dunc Wilson 1 1 0 1 0 26 3 3.02 .885 0 59:35

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

Type Award/honor Recipient Ref
League
(in-season)
NHL All-Star Game selection Bobby Clarke [7]
Bernie Parent

RecordsEdit

During the 1969–70 season, the Flyers set the NHL record for most ties in a season with 24.[8] They also tied an NHL record for most home ties with 13.[9] Their four consecutive ties at home from October 19 to October 30 set a team record.[10] Their 17 wins on the season is the lowest total in franchise history while their six home wins on the season tied the mark set during the 1968–69 season.[11] Goaltender Bernie Parent set franchise records for most losses (29, later tied by Antero Niittymaki during the 2006–07 season) and most ties (20).[12][13]

TransactionsEdit

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from May 5, 1969, the day after the deciding game of the 1969 Stanley Cup Finals, through May 10, 1970, the day of the deciding game of the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals.[14]

TradesEdit

Date Details Ref
May 14, 1969 To Philadelphia Flyers
Cash
To St. Louis Blues
Ron Buchanan
[15]
May 14, 1969 To Philadelphia Flyers
Wayne Hillman
To Minnesota North Stars
John Miszuk
[16]
June 7, 1969 To Philadelphia Flyers
Reg Fleming
To New York Rangers
Don Blackburn
Leon Rochefort
[17]
June 10, 1969 To Philadelphia Flyers
$30,000 cash
Future considerations
To Minnesota North Stars
Bob Barlow
[18]
June 12, 1969 To Philadelphia Flyers
Jean-Guy Gendron
To Montreal Canadiens
7th-round pick in 1969
[19]

Players acquiredEdit

Date Player Former team Via Ref
June 10, 1969 (1969-06-10) Bob Barlow Vancouver Canucks (WHL) Inter-League draft [18][20]
June 11, 1969 (1969-06-11) Larry Hillman Montreal Canadiens Intra-League draft [21][22][23]
September 29, 1969 (1969-09-29) Jim Mair Johnstown Jets (EHL) Free agency [24]

Players lostEdit

Date Player New team Via Ref
N/A Myron Stankiewicz Retirement [25]
June 11, 1969 (1969-06-11) Jean-Guy Gendron Montreal Canadiens Intra-League draft [21][23]
June 12, 1969 (1969-06-12) Rene Drolet Quebec Aces (AHL) Reverse draft [26][27]
Jean Lapointe Hershey Bears (AHL) Reverse draft [26][28]
Roger Pelletier Quebec Aces (AHL) Reverse draft [26][29]
Bob Sneddon Springfield Kings (AHL) Reverse draft [26][30]
September 24, 1969 (1969-09-24) Allan Stanley Retirement [31]

SigningsEdit

Date Player Term Ref
July 24, 1969 (1969-07-24) Andre Lacroix 2-year [32]
August 21, 1969 (1969-08-21) Serge Bernier [33]
Gerry Meehan [33]
October 1, 1969 (1969-10-01) Bobby Clarke [34]

Draft picksEdit

Philadelphia's picks at the 1969 NHL Amateur Draft, which was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, on June 11, 1969.[35] During the draft, the Flyers traded their seventh-round pick, 75th overall, to the Montreal Canadiens in order to re-acquire Jean-Guy Gendron, who Montreal had selected from the Flyers earlier in the day during the Inter-League Draft.[36]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (league)
1 6 Bob Currier Center   Canada Cornwall Royals (CJAHL)
2 17 Bobby Clarke Center   Canada Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL)
3 28 Willie Brossart Defense   Canada Estevan Bruins (WCHL)
4 40 Michel Belhumeur Goaltender   Canada Drummondville Rangers (QJHL)
5 52 Dave Schultz Left Wing   Canada Sorel Eperviers (QJHL)
6 64 Don Saleski Right Wing   Canada Regina Pats (SJHL)
8 81 Claude Chartre Center   Canada Drummondville Rangers (QJHL)

Farm teamsEdit

The Flyers were affiliated with the Quebec Aces of the AHL,[37][38] the Flint Generals of the IHL,[39] and the Jersey Devils of the EHL.[39]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Poile was fired on December 19. Allen was named his replacement on December 22.[1]
  2. ^ Dornhoefer wore number 24 in the season opener.

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