The late Allan Stanley, who finished his Hockey Hall of Fame career with the Flyers in 1968-69 and set a still-standing franchise record as the oldest player to appear for the team, was born on March 1, 1926 in Timmins, Ontario. Stanley spent 20-plus seasons in the NHL as a star defenseman.
Stanley won four Stanley Cups and twice earned second-team NHL All-Star honors in a career than 1,244 regular season games (100 goals, 433 points, 792 penalty minutes) and 109 playoff games (six goals, 39 points, 100 penalty minutes. Over the course of his career, he played for the New York Rangers, Chicago Black Hawks, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Flyers.
The Flyers claimed the unprotected veteran from Toronto on June 13, 1968. Stanley made his Flyers debut on opening night of the 1968-69 season (October 13, 1968). He was 42 years, seven months and 12 days old at the time. Stanley earned an elbowing penalty and engaged in a fight in his debut; all within the first period of a 3-2 road loss to the Boston Bruins.
In his one season in Philadelphia Stanley posted four goals and 17 points in 64 regular season games and dressed in three of four playoff games as the Flyers got swept by the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Quarterfinals. He retired after the season. Stanley was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1981, becoming the first person with any Flyers affiliation in his career to earn the honor.
Allan Stanley passed away on Oct. 18, 2013 at the age of 87.