Paul Holmgren, Rick Tocchet to be inducted into Flyers Hall of Fame
Flyers legends Paul Holmgren and Rick Tocchet will be inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame during a pregame ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 16by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers / philadelphiaflyers.com
The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that Flyers legends Paul Holmgren and Rick Tocchet will be inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame during a pregame ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 16, before the Flyers play the Calgary Flames. Holmgren and Tocchet were selected for induction by a voting committee comprised of current Flyers Hall of Fame members, Flyers alumni, members of the Flyers front office, broadcasters, and members of the Philadelphia chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA).
"The members of the Flyers Hall of Fame are the cornerstones of this franchise, and for us, there is no higher honor than induction into this exclusive club," said Flyers Governor Dave Scott. "Paul Holmgren and Rick Tocchet are Flyers legends, and we're excited to add their names to a permanent place of honor in the Wells Fargo Center rafters, where they will be remembered by generations of Flyers fans to come. We are all looking forward to the Flyers Hall of Fame induction ceremony on November 16 - it will be a special opportunity for the entire Flyers family and all of our fans to come together in celebration of these two men and our organization's proud history."
Holmgren, 65 (12-2-1955), will enter the Flyers Hall of Fame having served the Philadelphia Flyers in nearly every capacity for over 40 years. He is the only individual in Flyers history to serve the organization as a player (1975-1984), assistant coach (1985-88), head coach (1988-92), general manager (2006-14) and president (2014-19). He was responsible for highly successful NHL Drafts during his front office tenure and in his eight seasons as GM, the Flyers went 307-234-73 (.559), made six playoff appearances and a trip to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.
As a player, Holmgren recorded 138 goals and 171 assist for 309 points in 500 games in Orange & Black. He was a member of the Flyers during their historic 35-game unbeaten streak and Stanley Cup Final appearance during the 1979-80 season, when he scored a career-high 30 goals. He ranks second in Flyers history with 1,600 penalty minutes and he played in the 1981 NHL All-Star Game.
In 2014, he was the recipient of the Lester Patrick Trophy for service to hockey in the United States and on Sept. 9, 2021 it was announced by USA Hockey Holmgren will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in the Class of 2021.
Tocchet, 57 (4-9-1964), played parts of 11 seasons with the Flyers, including one season as captain, where he recorded 232 goals and 276 assists for 508 points in 621 career regular season games. He is also the Flyers all-time leader in penalty minutes (1,815).
He was a member of the Flyers team that reached the Stanley Cup Final and won the Eastern Conference Championship in 1985 and 1987. His 27 goals and 60 points in the Stanley Cup playoffs both rank 10th in franchise history. His postseason totals with the Flyers include 60 points (27g-33a) in 95 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
He posted two 40-goal seasons (1988-89 & 1990-91) and a career-high 96 points during the 1989-90 season when he also had 196 penalty minutes. He is one of only three players in NHL history to have 96 or more points and 196 or more penalty minutes in the same season.
The organization reshaped the selection process for the Flyers Hall of Fame for the 2021-22 season, which consisted of two separate committees: a nomination committee and a voting committee, both of which are comprised of current Flyers Hall of Fame members, Flyers alumni, members of the Flyers front office, broadcasters, and members of the Philadelphia chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA).
The 2021-22 season marks the first time in five seasons that the club will induct a member into the Flyers Hall of Fame. Former defenseman Jimmy Watson (Feb. 29, 2016) and former forward Rod Brind'Amour (Nov. 23, 2015) are the most recent inductees. The Flyers Hall of Fame currently has 25 honored members, beginning with the inaugural inductions of Bob Clarke and Bernie Parent in 1988.
CURRENT MEMBERS - FLYERS HALL OF FAME
1988 - Bob Clarke and Bernie Parent
1989 - Bill Barber, Ed Snider and Keith Allen
1990 - Rick MacLeish and Fred Shero
1991 - Barry Ashbee and Gary Dornhoefer
1992 - Reggie Leach and Gene Hart
1993 - Joe Scott and Ed Van Impe
1994 - Tim Kerr
1996 - Joe Watson
1999 - Brian Propp
2001 - Mark Howe
2004 - Dave Poulin
2008 - Ron Hextall
2009 - Dave Schultz
2014 - Eric Lindros and John LeClair
2015 - Eric Desjardins
2015 - Rod Brind'Amour
2016 - Jimmy Watson