On this date in 1977, former Flyers defenseman and assistant coach Barry Ashbee passes away after bout with leukemia.
Ashbee played four seasons for the Flyers (1970-71 through 1973-74) and was named to the NHL Second All-Star Team following the 1973-74 season. He is one of only three defensemen in team history to be named to either the NHL First or Second All-Star Team.
During the overtime period of the Flyers 2-1 loss to the Rangers on April 28, 1974, Ashbee was forced to leave the game after being struck in the eye by a puck after a slap shot by Ranger Dale Rolfe. It would be his last game as a Flyer. He would retire due to the injury on June 4, 1974.
On April 3, 1975, the Flyers honored Ashbee and retired his Jersey No. 4. It was the first, and just one of four, jerseys retired by the Flyers.