* To date through the official end of the 2019-20 regular season, there have been a total of 636 players (576 skaters and 60 goaltenders) to appear in least one regular season or playoff game over the course of Flyers history. Among these players, 438 hailed from Canada. This amounts to 68.9 percent of all players to appear for the Flyers in franchise history. Note: The totals exclude Canadian-born dual citizens who were raised in other countries and/or represented other countries in international tournaments, such as Mike Knuble, who is classified as an American player.
* There have been 40 Canadian-born and trained goaltenders in Flyers history. The total excludes Rob Zepp; a Canadian-born and trained dual Canada-Germany citizen who later represented Team Germany internationally.
* There have been 398 forwards and defensemen in Flyers history who are classified as Canadian players. This includes current Flyers center Sean Couturier, who was born in Phoenix while his father was playing in the IHL but was primarily raised in New Brunswick, and has always represented Team Canada internationally.
* Among the six Flyers rookies to make their NHL debuts during the 2019-season, three (Morgan Frost, Connor Bunnaman and Carsen Twarynski) are Canadian citizens. The other three included one American (Joel Farabee), one Czech (David Kase) and one Russian (German Rubtsov) player. Additionally, among the seven players with prior NHL experience to join the Flyers before or during the 2019-20 season, two (Derek Grant and Chris Stewart) are Canadians.
* The 1974-75 Flyers were the last Stanley Cup championship winning team whose roster was entirely comprised of Canadian-born players.
More Flyers players and coaches were born, raised, and/or played junior hockey in Ontario than any other province in Canada.
Among the scores of Flyers players to hail from the large province: Hall of Fame left winger Bill Barber, Hall of Fame center Eric Lindros, Flyers Hall of Fame center Rick MacLeish, Flyers Hall of Fame center Dave Poulin, Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Pronger, former team captains Keith Primeau and Rick Tocchet, 1980s stalwart defenseman Brad Marsh, 1990s and 2000s defenseman Chris Therien, Jennings Trophy winning 1980s goaltender Bob Froese, 2010s goaltender Steve Mason, longtime fan favorite Wayne Simmonds and current Flyers captain Claude Giroux (hailing from Hearst, a predominantly French-speaking town).
.Past Flyers head coaches Pat Quinn, Bob McCammon, Mike Keenan, Terry Simpson, Wayne Cashman, Roger Neilson, Craig Ramsay and Barber were all Ontario natives as well.
The small northwestern Ontario city of Kenora only has 15,300 residents. However, former Flyers captain Mike Richards, early 1980s goaltender Rick St. Croix and former Flyers coach and general manager McCammon were all native sons of Kenora.
Did you know: The Flyers have drafted more players from the Ontario Hockey League's Oshawa Generals than from any other team in the Canadian Hockey League? The Flyers have selected 10 players from the Generals, including Scott Laughton, Gord Murphy, John Stevens, Rick St. Croix and Bob "the Hound" Kelly.
Off-the-beaten path: Based in Niagara Falls, Ontario, the defunct Niagara Falls Flyers (a Boston Bruins-owned junior team that predated the creation of the Philadelphia Flyers) produced a slew of players who later went on to have notable NHL careers with the Philadelphia Flyers. The ranks include the likes of Bernie Parent, Doug Favell, Gary Dornhoefer, Terry Crisp and Phil Myre. the former Niagara Falls Memorial Arena at 5145 Centre Street was re-purposed into a gallery in the 2000s. It closed a few years ago.
Flyers Team Ontario
LW: Bill Barber -- Callendar, ONT
C: Eric Lindros -- London, ONT
RW: Tim Kerr -- Windsor, ONT
D: Chris Pronger -- Dryden, ONT
D: Bob Dailey -- Kingston, ONT
G: Bob Froese -- St. Catherines, ONT
Head coach: Mike Keenan -- Bowmanville, ONT
Right from the beginning of Flyers history, there have been special connections between the Philadelphia hockey organization and la belle province. The Flyers' first American Hockey League affiliate was the Quebec Aces, of which the Flyers purchased ownership on May 8, 1967.
The Aces, based out of Quebec City and playing their home games at the famed Coliseum, served as the Flyers' primary farm team until after ownership assets were sold in 1969 and the Flyers relocated their farm team to Richmond, Virginia in 1971 as the Richmond Robins. The Flyers also owned the Quebec Junior Aces during the same period.
A host of Quebec natives played for the Aces and later for the Flyers. The ranks included highly skilled center Andre Lacroix (a fan favorite both in Quebec City and Philadelphia), Simon Nolet, Jean-Guy Gendron, offensively skilled 1967 first-round pick Serge Bernier, Dick Sarrazin, Rosaire "Rosie" Paiement, Claude Laforge and the late Jean Gauthier.
After a portion of the Spectrum's roof was damaged on March 1, 1968, the Flyers played all but two of their remaining regular season home games of the 1967-68 season at the Coliseum in Quebec City. There was also one "home" game apiece played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto and Madison Square Garden in New York.
Even in the years following the relocation of the Aces, players from Quebec played vital roles in shaping Flyers history, none more so than Hall of Fame goaltender and Philadelphia icon Bernie Parent. Other standouts include Eric Desjardins, Simon Gagne, Andre "Moose" Dupont, Bill Clement, Ian Laperriere and Steve Duchesne.
Two of the more notable power forwards in Flyers history, Scott Mellanby and former team captain Kevin Dineen, were both born in the province of Quebec. So was standout early-to-mid 1990s defenseman Garry Galley. Three Flyers head coaches -- current coach Alain Vigneault, and previous coaches Bill
Dineen, and Terry Murray -- were also born in Quebec, as was Montreal native early Flyers tough guy defenseman Larry "the Rock" Zeidel.
While neither Claude Giroux nor current Flyers center Sean Couturier were born or raised in Quebec, both were among the dozens of future Flyers who entered the scouting radar for the NHL Draft while playing for teams in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Giroux did so with the Gatineau Olympiques while Couturier, the son of Quebec native former NHL player Sylvain Couturier, was a member of the Drummondville Voltigeurs. For purposes of our All-Quebec Flyers team below, Ontario native Giroux's stellar junior career with Gatineau counts toward making him eligible for Team Quebec.
Additionally, a valuable figure in the early scouting and player personnel direction of the Flyers during the early post-expansion and Stanley Cup championship era was Drummondville native Marcel Pelletier.
Did you know? Simon Gagne's late father, Pierre Gagne, played for the Quebec Junior Aces and was a tryout player for the Flyers/Aces at the Flyers' first training camp, which was held in Quebec City in September 1967.
Off the beaten path: Located in the center-east portion of Montreal, the borough of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie is where Bernie Parent was born and raised. Today, there are many lovely parks, buildings, cozy cafes and shops in this portion of Montreal.
Flyers Team Quebec
LW: Simon Gagne -- Sainte-Foy, PQ
C: Claude Giroux -- Hearst, ONT
RW: Danny Briere -- Gatineau, PQ
D: Andre "Moose" Dupont -- Trois-Rivieres, PQ
D: Eric Desjardins -- Rouyn-Noranda, PQ
G: Bernie Parent -- Montreal, PQ
Head coach: Alain Vigneault -- Quebec City, PQ
Two-thirds of the Flyers' legendary LCB Line - franchise icon Bob Clarke and high scoring Reggie Leach - as well as Flyers Hall of Fame goaltender and former general manager Ron Hextall are Manitoba natives. So, too, was the most famous coach in franchise history, Fred Shero.
Hailing from the small mining town of Flin Flon, Hockey Hall of Famer Clarke went on to become one of the most vitally important and inseparable figures in the identity and history of the Philadelphia Flyers, perhaps even on par with the late Ed Snider (albeit in different contexts). Leach was his linemate on the Flin Flon Bombers, and they were later reunited on the Flyers.
Hextall, the grandson, son and nephew of notable NHL players (his late grandfather, Bryan Hextall Sr., was a Hall of Famer) was born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba. Later, he played his junior hockey for the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Legendary Flyers head coach Shero was a Winnipeg native. His Russian-speaking parents emigrated to Canada to escape religious persecution. Likewise, 1974-75 Stanley Cup championship defenseman Ted Harris (a member of five different Stanley Cup winning teams in his career and later an NHL head coach) was also from Winnipeg.
While Flyers Hall of Fame left winger Brian Propp and the late Brad McCrimmon were born and raised in Saskatchewan, those rose to junior hockey prominence on a powerhouse Brandon Wheat Kings roster. Propp's former high-scoring Wheat Kings linemate and subsequent Flyers player Ray Allison was a native of British Columbia by birth, but raised in Brandon.
Another Wheat Kings alum is (Saskatchewan native) former Flyer Brayden Schenn. Ivan Provorov hails from Russia but relocated in early adolescence to play hockey and attend school in North America, eventually landing in Brandon to play in the Western Hockey League. Current Flyer Nolan Patrick is a Manitoba native who played for the Wheat Kings.
Other Flyers of note to hail from Manitoba: player, assistant coach and assistant general manager John "Too Tall" Paddock, Pat Falloon, John Paddock, Ken Wregget, Jim Johnson, Marty Murray, Arron Asham, Terry Ball, Dave Richter and Daryl Stanley.
Did you know? Before Clarke and Leached teamed up with Bill Barber in Philadelphia, the Flin Flon Bombers had an LCB Line of their own, with Ron Burwash as its third member. Burwash was later a tryout player at the Flyers' 1975 training camp but was not offered a contract. Later, he became known as a guitarist, singer and ambassador of Metis culture.
Off the beaten path: Opened in 1958, the venerable Whitney Forum in Flin Flon, Manitoba, was the home rink of Bob Clarke, Reggie Leach and other Flyers such as Lew Morrison who played for the Flin Flon Bombers. Periodically renovated, the 2,000-seat venue with a 187'X 80' ice surface remains the
home of Bombers to this day.
Flyers Team Manitoba
LW: Pat Falloon -- Foxwarren, MAN
C: Bobby Clarke -- Flin Flon, MAN
RW: Reggie Leach -- Riverton, MAN
D: Ted Harris -- Winnipeg, MAN
D: Travis Sanheim -- Elkhorn, MAN
G: Ron Hextall -- Winnipeg, MAN
Head coach: Fred Shero -- Winnipeg, MAN
Scores of past and present National Hockey League players trace their origins to Saskatchewan, especially to the province's farmlands. The phrase "Saskatchewan tough" is a source of pride and there is also considerable natural beauty and outdoor splendor to be found in its expanses.
In terms of its Flyers-related hockey history, the province has given rise to dozens of familiar Flyers names. At the top of the list would be five-time NHL All-Star and Flyers Hall of Fame member Brian Propp along with fellow Flyers Hall of Famer and former team captain Ed Van Impe.
A crucial figure in Flyers' history, legendary Hockey Hall of Fame general manager and inaugural head coach Keith Allen, was also a Saskatchewan native. He hailed from Saskatoon and played for long defunct Saskatoon Elks in a career path that later led to an American Hockey League and National Hockey League (Detroit Red Wings) playing career before he found his true calling in coaching and team management.
These three illustrious names may be where the list starts, but it hardly ends there. In fact, an entire team roster's worth of skill, two-way awareness, physical play and rawhide-like toughness could be assembled just among Saskatchewan-native Flyers.
Among other Saskatchewan natives: brothers Brayden and Luke Schenn, fan favorite power forward Scott Hartnell, Broad Street Bullies era forwards Orest Kindrachuk (born in Alberta to Ukrainian immigrant parents but raised in Saskatchewan), Don "Big Bird" Saleski and Ross Lonsberrry, "Crazy Eights Line" right winger Brent Fedyk, the late high-end shutdown defenseman Brad McCrimmon, mid-1980s scoring phenom Todd Bergen, 1970s forward Drew
Callander, current Flyers development coach and former player turned development coach Nick Schultz.
The list goes on: Original Flyer center Garry Peters, longtime role-playing winger Lindsay Carson, longtime Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn (born in Alberta, raised in Saskatchewan), checking forward and future NHL coach Dave Tippett and goaltenders Glenn "Chico" Resch and the memorably mustachioed Jerome Mrazek were all Saskatchewan natives.
Last but certainly not least, two of the top Flyers tough guys in franchise history - Dave "the Hammer" Schultz and Dave Brown - hail respectively from Waldheim and Saskatoon. So, too, does "Dan Line" member Scott Daniels, a native of Prince Albert.
Did you know? Flyers Hall of Fame defenseman Joe Watson played junior hockey for the old Estevan Bruins, where his teammates included Terry Simpson (the Flyers' head coach during the 1993-94 season). In later years, Humbolt, Saskatchewan native Ross Lonsberry also played for Estevan.
Off-the-beaten path: The Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame is located in Swift Current (2001 Chaplin St. E). Among its honored members are Propp, McCrimmon, Simpson, and, naturally, the late "Mr. Hockey" himself, Gordie Howe, whose American-born-and-raised son Mark became a Hall of Fame defenseman for the Flyers. Ed van Impe was recently selected as part of the Saskatchewan HHOF's induction class of 2019.
Flyers Team Saskatchewan
LW: Scott Hartnell -- Regina, SASK
C: Braden Schenn -- Saskatoon, SASK
RW: Brian Propp -- Neudorf, SASK
D: Ed Van Impe -- Saskatoon, SASK
D: Brad McCrimmon -- Plenty, SASK
G: Glenn "Chico" Resch -- Moose Jaw, SASK
Head coach: Keith Allen -- Saskatoon, SASK
Renowned as Canada's cowboy and oil country, Albertans and the province of Alberta have had significant and sometimes surprising ties to the history of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Philly's first general manager, the late Hockey Hall of Fame Builders Category inductee Norman "Bud" Poile, had a 311-game NHL playing career. Although a native of Fort William, Ontario, the sometimes irascible Poile's coaching and managerial career took off during his eight years at the helm of the defunct minor league Edmonton Flyers in the late 1950s and 1960s.
It was during his two-championship tenure in Edmonton that Poile coached several players whom he later brought over to the Philadelphia Flyers, including Forbes Kennedy and Larry "the Rock" Zeidel, in playing capacities and Keith Allen, Vic Stasiuk, and Jerry Melnyk (initially acquired by Philadelphia as a player but who retired due to injury and became one of the most
renowned scouts in Flyers history) in coaching and/or scouting roles.
Alberta also features several underrated players who served the Flyers well during their careers, such as former captain Ron Sutter, all-around standout Murray Craven, and offensive-minded defenseman Tom Bladon. Hailing from Viking, Alberta, Ron Sutter and twin brother Rich are members of the hockey world's most prolific family of future NHL players and were Flyers teammates in the mid-1980s. A fellow Albertan, defenseman Jason Smith, served as the Flyers captain during their 2007-08 bounceback season.
Two-stint Flyers goaltender Pete Peeters played in two NHL All-Star games as a Flyer during his first stint with the club and, as a rookie, helped the team attain a record 35-game unbeaten streak and a trip to the Stanley Cup Final.
Meanwhile, at the tender age of 21 and with just a season-and-a-half of NHL experience under his belt, current Flyers goalie Carter Hart is one of the fastest-rising in the league. For purposes of our Flyers Team Alberta, one could already debate Hart's worthiness against Peeters (who won the Vezina Trophy with the Boston Bruins his first season after being traded from the Flyers, but whose career subsequently dropped off). For now, we'll go with a goalie tandem.
A member of the Flyers' first Stanley Cup winning team of 1973-74, the late "Cowboy" Bill Flett notched a 43-goal season for the Flyers the previous year as a linemate of Clarke and Barber. Another Flyer from that era, defenseman Tom Bladon was one of the first offensively potent blueline threats for Philadelphia.
Not surprisingly, there is also abundant toughness among the ranks of Albertans to play for the Flyers, including Craig "Chief" Berube, the late Dave Hoyda, Todd "Fridge" Fedoruk, Dan Kordic, Phil Crowe and Jay Rosehill.
Other notable Alberta natives to play for the Flyers: Scottie Upshall, Kevin Haller, Rob DiMaio, Blair Betts, Mike Rathje, Blake Wesley, Kris Versteeg, American Hockey League Hall of Famer Tim Tookey, current Flyers western Canada scout Mark Greig, Ed Joyal, Jeff Finley, offensive defenseman Greg Hawgood and the late Larry Mickey.
The Flyers also had two head coaches who were born and raised in Alberta: 2000s head coach Ken Hitchcock and late 1960s to early 1970s bench boss Vic Stasiuk.
Did you know? A member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, Lethbridge native Vic Stasiuk is the oldest living Flyers coach and last surviving member of the organization's original hockey operations staff. He celebrated 91st birthday on May 23, 2020.
Off the beaten path: The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame is located Red Deer (# 102 - 4200 Hwy 2). Additionally, if you make your way to Calgary and are in the mood for some coffee and a donut, two-time Stanley Cup winning Flyers defenseman Tom Bladon and wife Diane are the longtime owners of a Tim Hortons on 5th Ave. SW.
Flyers Team Alberta
LW: Murray Craven -- Medicine Hat, ALTA
C: Ron Sutter -- Viking, ALTA
RW: "Cowboy" Bill Flett -- Vermillion, ALTA
D: Braydon Coburn -- Calgary, ALTA
D: Tom Bladon -- Edmonton, ALTA
G1: Pete Peeters -- Medicine Hat, ALTA
G2: Carter Hart -- Sherwood Park, ALTA
Head coach: Ken Hitchcock -- Edmonton, ALTA
Quantitatively, the number of Flyers players from British Columbia is sparser than from other parts of Canada. However, in terms of quality and importance of service to the organization, the Flyers of British Columbia take a back seat to no one.
Hailing from the small town of Smithers, BC, in the lovely mountainous sector of British Columbia near the Alaska border, the Flyers Hall of Fame defenseman brother duo of Joe and Jim Watson played in a combined seven NHL All-Star Games and were members of both Stanley Cup winning Flyers teams.
Yet another Smithers native, dipsy doodling forward Ron Flockhart created a sensation in Philadelphia dubbed "Flockey Hockey" in the early 1980s. He scored 33 goals and racked up 72 points in 72 games as a Flyers rookie in 1981-82.
Although 1990s Flyers Hall of Fame center/ left wing Rod Brind'Amour and rugged late 1970s to early 1980s team captain Mel Bridgman were born in Ontario, both were raised in British Columbia. Both forwards were strong two-way players who brought heart-and-soul dedication to the Flyers teams of their respective eras.
Hockey Hall of Fame right winger Mark Recchi starred for the Flyers over two stints with the team. The Kamloops native's 123-point season for the Flyers in 1992-93 still stands as the franchise's all-time record for a single season.
A tough guy defenseman from the 1980s, Glen Cochrane formed an unlikely but highly successful defense pairing with perennial Norris Trophy candidate Mark Howe in Howe's early years with the Flyers.
Among other British Columbia natives to serve the Flyers: players and scouts Al Hill and Ross Fitzpatrick, solid defensemen Murray Baron, Larry Hale and the late Rick "Jumbo" Lapointe, goalies Darren Jensen and the late Don "Smokey" McLeod, 1974 playoff callup Bruce Cowick, Colin Forbes, Danny Lucas, Chris Joseph, former first-round pick Jason Bowen and defenseman Brandon Manning.
Hockey Hall of Famer Pat Quinn was a native of Hamilton, Ontario, but became a longtime Vancouver resident as the coach of the Canucks. A banner honoring "the Big Irishman", who passed away in 2014, hangs in Rogers Arena.
Did you know? In 1954, the community of Smithers, BC, purchased a wartime aircraft hanger and hauled it to their town to convert it into a rink. Mary Watson, the mother of future Flyers Hall of Famers Joe and Jim, was one of the volunteers who hammered in nails during its construction. Long after the last of her six sons played their last game at the rink, she remained a regular at the place for several decades until her death in 2010 at the age of 87. Local minor hockey players called her "Grandma Watson." She even had her own dedicated seat at the rink with "Reserved for Mary Watson" emblazoned on the seat cushion.
Off-the-beaten path: Nowadays, the Northern Star Cafe on Main Street in Smithers serves a mixed menu of Chinese and Canadian food. For several decades, Mary Watson was a waitress at Northern Star Cafe, located around the corner from where she and her late ex-husband, Joe Watson Sr., lived with their children.
Flyers Team British Columbia
LW: Rod Brind'Amour -- Campbell River, BC
C: Mel Bridgman -- Victoria, BC
RW: Mark Recchi -- Kamloops, BC
D: Jimmy Watson -- Smithers, BC
D: Joe Watson -- Smithers, BC
G: Darren Jensen -- Creston, BC
Head coach: Pat Quinn -- Hamilton, ONT
The provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island (PEI) comprise the Canadian Maritimes. The Flyers have had a handful of players from these locales over the years.
Original Flyers tough guy forward Forbes Kennedy is a living legend in Prince Edward Island, where his parents relocated to Charlottetown after he was born in Dorchester, New Brunswick.
Although Sean Couturier was born in Phoenix, Arizona while his
dad was playing pro hockey, he was primarily raised and played youth hockey in Bathurst, New Brunswick where his father became the general manager of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. The street where the team plays its games is named after Sean. Sylvain Couturier remains the team's primary owner.
Former Flyers defenseman and head coach John Stevens was born in Campbellton, New Brunswick. He was, however, primarily raised in Turkey Point, Ontario. Conversely, Manitoba-born enforcer Jody Shelley spent much of his childhood in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
A native of Charlottetown, PEI, Al MacAdam was drafted by the Flyers in the fourth round (55th overall) of the 1972 NHL Draft. After playing briefly for the Flyers in the NHL, he was traded in the deal that brought Reggie Leach to Philadelphia. MacAdam went on to have a successful NHL career in his own right, including a 42-goal, 91-point season for the Minnesota North Stars in
Born and raised respectively in the Czech Republic and Latvia, current Flyers star right winger Jakub Voracek (the Nova Scotia-based Halifax Mooseheads) and former Flyers defenseman Oskars Bartulis (the New Brunswick Moncton Wildcats) played for QMJHL junior hockey for teams based in the Maritimes before turning pro.
Other Flyers players with ties to the Maritime provinces include forward Jim Sim (New Glasgow, Nova Scotia), defenseman Randy Jones (Quispamsis, New Brunswick) and goaltender Wendell Young (Halifax).
Did you know? The midget AAA team in Moncton, New Brunswick is nicknamed the Flyers.
Off the beaten path: Forbes Kennedy, better known to friends and teammates as "Forbie" was inducted into the PEI Sports Hall of Fame in 1968. Al MacAdam was inducted in 1990. The PEI Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is located at Credit Union Place.
Flyers Team Maritimes (NB, NS, PEI)
LW: Al MacAdam -- PEI
C: Sean Couturier -- raised in Bathurst, NB
RW: Forbes Kenney -- born in NB, raised in PEI
D: Randy Jones -- Quispamsis, NB
D: Philippe Myers -- Moncton, NB
G: Wendell Young -- Halifax, NS
Head coach: John Stevens-- Campbellton, NB
Newfoundland and Northwest Territories
NEWFOUNDLAND AND NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
There has also been a sprinkling of NHL players hailing from Newfoundland, including one who suited up for the Flyers. Defenseman John Slaney, an American Hockey League Hall of Famer who starred for the Philadelphia Phantoms and was a depth callup for the Flyers, was born in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Bordered to the south by British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, to the west by the Yukon and to the east by Nunavut, the Canadian Northwest Territories are home to roughly 43,000 people. One NHL player, ex-Flyer Geoff Sanderson (who later relocated in adolescence with his family to Calgary), was born in the Northwest Territories in the now defunct mining town of Pine Point.
Did you know? Despite the fact that the Flyers did not enter the NHL until 1967, the Philadelphia Flyers are one of only two only National Hockey League teams to have had players born in each of Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and the Northwest Territories all included within its all-time roster. The Edmonton Oilers are the other. The "trick" here is the Northwest Territories, because Sanderson is the only NHLer to date born there.
There have been two NHL players born in the Yukon: ex-Oiler defenseman Bryon Baltimore (which makes the Oilers the only NHL franchise to have had at least one player from every province, plus the Northwest Territories and Yukon) and forward Peter Sturgeon. Additionally, former NHL player Jordin Tootoo was raised in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, but was born in Manitoba.