Frank Bathe (D): The rugged redhead captured the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the Flyers best defenseman in 1981-82. He is perhaps best known for being part of the starting blueline corps that patrolled the ice for the Pat Quinn coached 1979-80 team that set a North American sports record with a 35-game unbeaten streak and later came within two victories of the Stanley Cup. Bathe was instantly recognizable on the ice for his full lumberjack-like beard or handlebar mustache. Never afraid to put his body in harm way's to block a shot, clear the porch in front of the net, throw his weight around on the walls or drop the gloves, "Bather" dressed in 224 NHL games for the Detroit Red Wings and Flyers. On March 11, 1979, Bathe set a Flyers franchise record with 55 penalties in a single game. That night, Bathe had three fights -- including a pair of fights with LA's Randy Holt (himself later a Flyer) -- a double game misconduct and a pair of 10-minute misconducts. Off the ice, Bathe's sense of humor and friendly personality made him a favorite among teammates and fans both in Maine and Philadelphia. After his playing days, Bathe embarked upon a successful business career and settled in Maine.
Bob Clarke (F): The Hockey Hall of Fame forward is universally considered the greatest Flyer of them all, rivaled only by longtime teammate Bernie Parent. The ultimate team leader with an extraordinary work ethic and competitive drive, Clarke was also one of the NHL's most prolific playmakers before the arrival of Wayne Gretzky to the league. Clarke never cared one iota about personal stats or individual honors but nevertheless collected three Hart Trophies, three seasons of 100-plus points and is the Flyers all-time scoring leader. His greatest playing legacy is captaining the team to back-to-back Stanley Cups, three straight trips to the Finals and a convincing win over CSKA (Red Army) in a clash between the world's top two teams of the time. Clarke went by "Bobby" during his playing days but always preferred "Bob" and went by the latter when he traded a uniform for a suit. As a two-stint Flyers general manager, Clarke was at the helm of three teams (1984-85, 1986-87 and 1996-97) that reached the Stanley Cup Finals and four others (1988-89, 1995-96, 1999-2000 and 2003-04) that reached the semifinals. His famous number 16 jersey was retired by the Flyers and, in addition to his enshrinement in the "big" Hall in Toronto, is a member of both the Flyers Hall of Fame and the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.
Doug Crossman (D): A mobile puck-mover with a tall frame, Crossman formed an effective second defense pairing with Brad Marsh during the mid-1980s. The Flyers acquired Crossman in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks that sent former All-Star defenseman Behn Wilson to Chicago and also brought back to the Flyers the 1984 second-round pick the organization used on the selection of power forward Scott Mellanby. During his five seasons with the Flyers, Crossman posted 193 points in 292 regular-season games and was a combined plus-68 at even strength. He also suited up in 60 playoff games, chipping in nine goals and 30 points and twice reaching the Stanley Cup Final. Although the Flyers lost their 1988 first-round playoff series in seven games to the Washington Capitals, Crossman was plus-nine and contributed one goal and one assist.
Jim Dowd (F): The New Jersey native made a 728-game NHL career for himself through his work ethic and hockey sense. He prolonged his NHL career by earning a roster spot on the Flyers via a preseason tryout in 2007, and spent the 2007-08 season centering the fourth line and serving as a regular penalty killer on John Stevens' team. Dowd also chipped in five goals and 10 points that season, including a stretch of five points (one goal, four assists) in six games in early January 2008.
Robert Esche (G): Over the course of his four seasons with the Flyers, goaltender Robert Esche brought a fiery competitiveness, a big and athletic frame and an appreciation for what it meant to be part of a team with a winning tradition and lofty expectations among fans. Along the way, he shared the Jennings Trophy (lowest goals against average) in 2002-03 and backstopped the team to within one win of the Stanley Cup Final the next year. Nicknamed "Chico," in punning reference to longtime NHL goaltender Glenn "Chico" Resch, the netminder was a gifted puck-stopper. He could make highlight-reel saves and effectively use his size to fight for pucks in scrambles around the net. Esche never gave an inch when jostled around the net. Instead, he gave it right back. Esche was also an above-average puckhandler. Today, Esche is the club president, general manager and part of the ownership group of the American Hockey League's Utica Comets.
Andre Faust (F): A Princeton University graduate, Faust dressed in 47 games over parts of the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons for the Flyers, chipping in 10 goals and 17 points. His most productive stretch came over a 10-game stretch from mid-January to early February 1994 when Faust compiled three goals, four assists and seven points. At the American Hockey League level, Faust was a close to a point-per-game player for the Hershey Bears. After 1996, Faust enjoyed a lengthy and productive career in Europe, most in Germany's DEL.
Larry Goodenough (D): "Izzy" entered the NHL as a highly-touted prospect. As a rookie, he became a regular starter on the Flyers' second Stanley Cup winning team (1974-75). Goodenough had a diverse set of natural skills and was a good puck-mover for his era. He spent 242 games in the NHL with the Flyers and Vancouver Canucks. Goodenough, who stayed in the Philadelphia area after his retirement, has played regularly for the Flyers Alumni Team after his retirement as active player in 1983. In more recent times, he has served as hockey director at Ice Sports in Warminster, PA.
Paul Holmgren (F): One of the most feared NHL fighters of the mid-1970s to the 1980s, Holmgren evolved into a player who contributed in a variety of ways apart from just his fists. As a member of the Rat Patrol line with Ken Linseman and Brian Propp, "Homer" became a 30-goal scorer while remaining among the league's top pugilists. Just as important, he emerged over his career as a team leader with a good head for the game. In his NHL playing career, Holmgren compiled 323 points in 527 games in addition to his 1,684 penalty minutes and earned a place in NHL history as the first American player to score a hat trick in the Stanley Cup Final. He also holds the distinction of being the only figure in Flyers franchise history to serve as a player, head coach, general manager and, today, club president. As head coach in 1988-89, the Flyers reached the Stanley Cup semifinals and came within two wins of a trip to the Finals. As general manager, he was the architect of an Eastern Conference finalist in 2007-08, the 2009-10 team that came within two wins of the Stanley Cup, a 106-point team in 2010-11 and a 103-point team in 2011-12 that memorably knocked off the favored Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
Mitch Lamoureux (F): Inducted into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame in 2011, Lamoureux was an iconic player for the Hershey Bears and, earlier, the Baltimore Skipjacks. As feisty and fearless as he was skilled and elusive, the 5-foot-6 firecracker reached the 100-point milestone twice and topped 30 goals seven times. At the NHL level, Lamoureux suited up in 73 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Flyers. Lamoureux signed with the Flyers as a free agent on June 30, 1986. He later dressed in three games for Mike Keenan's team in March 1988, suiting up against the Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils at the Spectrum and on the road against the Chicago Blackhawks. Craig Berube and Al Hill were among the linemates with whom Lamoureux skated during his Flyers recall. Today, he works for PA Central Credit Union as Director of Business Development.
Brad Marsh (D): A greatly respected team leader and an immensely popular player wherever he played in the NHL, defensive defenseman Marsh spent the best years of his 1,086-game NHL career in Philadelphia over seven seasons (most of the 1981-82 campaign through the end of 1987-88). One of the NHL's best shot blockers and a savvy positional player, Marsh also brought strength along the boards and a physical presence in clearing traffic in front of the net to enable goaltenders to make saves. Along with the late Miroslav "Cookie" Dvorak and later Doug Crossman, Marsh anchored the Flyers' top support pairing behind the top unit featuring Mark Howe and the late Brad McCrimmon and, before that, Glen Cochrane. Marsh served either as a captain or an assistant captain with every NHL organization for him he played. Over the course of his career, he became known as one of the final two unhelmeted players in the NHL, and the league's last unhelmeted defenseman. Today, Marsh serves as the Flyers' Director of Community Development and the president of the Flyers Alumni Association.
Dave Poulin (F): If Bob Clarke was the ultimate captain in Flyers' franchise history, Dave Poulin wasn't far behind. One of the headiest players in team history, both on and off the ice, Poulin was elected to the Flyers' Hall of Fame in 2004. Poulin assumed the captaincy in 1984-85 and was absolutely crucial not only in the role he played in helping teammates cope with the death of Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Pelle Lindbergh but also in helping to keep the team united in route to two arduous trips the Stanley Cup Final; the latter of which saw the Flyers fall just one win short of hockey's ultimate prize. Notre Dame graduate Poulin brought maturity and level-headed leadership to an emotional (and mostly very young) team, and was an outstanding two-way player who won the Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward in 1986-87 after posting back-to-back 30-goal seasons for the Flyers in his first two years in the NHL. Poulin played courageously and played hurt, including donning a flak jacket in the playoffs to protect broken ribs. Not bad for an undrafted player who nearly gave up hockey upon his college graduation and came to the NHL through the unlikely path of playing in the Swedish minor leagues and then the AHL before arriving on the Flyers to score two goals in two games late in the 1982-83 season and then following it up with three points in three playoff games. Poulin spent the rest of his 724-game playing career in the NHL. He later became a college hockey coach at Notre Dame, working in the university's athletic department and then joined the Toronto Maple Leafs front office.
Kimmo Timonen (D): One of the smartest, most competitive and well-respected Flyers defensemen of all-time, Timonen's value to his team's as an all-situations player went far beyond stats and directly to the root of leadership by example and by knowing when to speak up. Timonen was small but deceptively strong. He wasn't naturally fast but his hockey sense and moxie made him quick. Timonen was utterly fearless as a player and had a pain threshold that was extraordinary even by hockey standards. For his NHL career, Timonen played 1,108 regular season games (117 goals, 571 points) and 105 playoff games (four goals, 35 points) and spent the 2007-08 to 2014-15 seasons with the Flyers. In his final year, the five-time Barry Ashbee Trophy winner as the Flyers' best defenseman, battled blood clot issues that forced him to the sidelines for much of the season. Determined to "retire with [his] skates on," Timonen battled back and went on to win the Stanley Cup as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in his final game before retirement. In addition to winning the Stanley Cup, Timonen was a five-time selection (four-time participant) in the NHL All-Star Game. In his international career, he was a five-time Olympian (one silver and three bronze medals) and a seven-time participant in the IIHF World Championships (three silver medals). In his native Finland, he is a national hockey icon. He's held in the same esteem among the Flyers and the fans.
Joe Watson (D): An original Flyer in every sense of the term, Flyers Hall of Fame inductee Joe Watson has worked in and around the organization for all but a brief period when he was finishing his NHL playing career. The two-time NHL All-Star joined the team for its inaugural 1967-68 season and rapidly became a mainstay on the blueline and one of the club's key leaders in the dressing room. Along with Ed van Impe and Gary Dornhoefer, Watson was one of three players who were members of the team during its first season and remained continuously through its Stanley Cup victories of 1974 and 1975. Nicknamed "Thundermouth" for his booming voice, Watson commanded respect among his peers and brought the sort of hate-to-lose competitiveness that became a franchise trademark. The elder Watson brother was not as good of a skater as younger brother Jimmy but was a savvy defender. After his retirement from playing, Watson has served the Flyers organization and the Flyers Alumni Association in a variety of capacities, both off and on the ice. Joe has long been a leadership force on the Alumni Team since its foundation in 1984.
Jason Zent (F): A star forward for the University of Wisconsin, Zent turned professional after his senior season. He played 309 American Hockey League games and 27 in the NHL as a member of the Ottawa Senators and Flyers' organizations. Zent signed with the Flyers as a free agent on July 28, 1998 and spent two seasons in the organization. A sturdy two-way winger for the Phantoms, Zent earned a two-game callup to the Flyers in Nov. 1998. He suited up for Roger Neilson's team on the road against the Montreal Canadiens and at home against the Florida Panthers on a line with Marc Bureau and Jody Hull. Today he is the president of Artemis Sports Group, LLC.
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Bill Barber: The Hall of Fame left winger was one of the NHL's top two-way forwards of the 70s to early 1980s and ranks as the top goal-scorer (420) in Flyers franchise history. Barber is one of five members of the Flyers' 50-goal club, scored 30 or more goals nine times and topped 40 or more goals three times in a career that was unofficially ended by knee injuries before he turned 32 years old. His jersey number (No. 7) is one of five retired by the Flyers, and he is a member of the Flyers Hall of Fame and the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. As with longtime linemate Bob Clarke, Barber was never concerned with personal stats but put up big numbers while playing unselfishly. A two-time Stanley Cup winner, Barber played his entire active career as a Flyer and has also spent most of his post-playing career in the Flyers' employment except for a stint working for the Tampa Bay Lightning. As a head coach, he won a Calder Cup in the American Hockey League with the 1997-98 Philadelphia Phantoms and the Jack Adams Award (NHL Coach of the Year) with the Flyers in 2000-01. After his stint with the Tampa organization, Barber returned to the Flyers in a consulting position.
Bill Clement: Clement has achieved tremendous post-playing career success as a national and local hockey broadcaster, speaker, author and actor. His voice is among the most recognizable in the sport, both among Flyers fans and hockey fans living around North America. During his playing days, Clement was a speedy two-way forward who began his 719-game NHL career with four seasons as a Flyer (1971-72 to 1974-75). A member of both of the Stanley Cup winning teams during the Fred Shero era, Clement scored an insurance goal in Game Six of the 1975 Final against the Buffalo Sabres to all but nail down a 2-0 victory. During the 1974-75 season, Clement hit the 20-goal milestone for the first of two times in his career. Primarily, he was a responsible checker a good penalty killer. He later played in two NHL All-Star Games (1976 and 1978). Today, Clement resides in Bucks County, PA.
Brian Propp: A member of the Flyers Hall of Fame and one of the most gifted offensive players in franchise history, Propp achieved a lengthy list of honors for a career that saw him play in five NHL All-Star games and five Stanley Cup finals (three with the Flyers). For his NHL career, he racked up 425 goals and 1,004 points in 1,016 regular season games plus 148 points in 160 playoff games. During the Flyers portion of his career, "Propper" played 790 regular season games (third on the franchise's all-time list). He compiled 849 points (third most in franchise history), with 369 goals (second only to Bill Barber) and 480 assists (second only to Bobby Clarke). He ranks second to Bob Clarke in all-time playoff scoring, with 112 points in 116 games.
In the postseason, Propp had spectacular runs in 1987 (12 goals, 28 points in 26 games) in route to the Stanley Cup Finals and 1989 (14 goals, 23 points in 18 games) amid the Flyers surprise run to the Cup Semifinals against Montreal. In the latter part of his career, he became known for his signature goal celebration, dubbed the "Guffaw" in honor of a routine in which comedian Howie Mandel used the same gesture. Propp is also a member of the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. Settling permanently in the Delaware Valley, Propp has stayed busy with a variety of business ventures.