The Philadelphia Flyers organization mourns the loss of former defenseman, Bob Dailey, who passed away today at the age of 63.
“Unfortunately, the Philadelphia Flyers lost another great player today with the passing of former defenseman Bob Dailey after a long battle with cancer,” said Flyers President Paul Holmgren. “Bob was an integral part of the 1979-80 Flyers team that had a 35-game unbeaten streak and played in the Stanley Cup Final that year. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
Dailey spent parts of six seasons with the Flyers from 1976-77 to 1981-82 where he recorded 56 goals and 138 assists for 194 points in 304 regular season games. His 56 goals rank fifth all-time in franchise history among defensemen, while his 194 points rank seventh all-time among Flyers defensemen.
Dailey was a two-time NHL All-Star (1978 & 1981) and won the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the Flyers best defenseman twice (1979 & 1981). He was also a member of the Flyers record 35-game unbeaten streak during the 1979-80 season when the club went 25-0-10.
Dailey also added 10 goals and 30 assists for 40 points in 56 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Flyers, which included helping the team reach the Stanley Cup Final in 1980 where he recorded 17 points (4g-13a) in 19 games to lead the Flyers defense and finish second among all NHL defensemen in the playoffs.
He spent a total of nine seasons in the NHL with the Flyers and Vancouver Canucks. He accumulated 94 goals and 231 assists for 325 points in 561 NHL games, and added 46 points (12g-34a) in 63 Stanley Cup Playoff games.