On this date in 1969, Bobby Clarke played in his first NHL game.
Clarke not only helped lead the Flyers to back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975 as a captain, but he also won the Hart Trophy as the league MVP three times and was a nine time NHL All Star.
He remains the franchise leader in games played (1,144), assists (852), points (1,210), plus/minus (plus-506), and short-handed goals (32). Clarke also holds franchise playoffs records for most games played (136), assists (77), points (119).
He played his entire NHL career with the Flyers from 1969-84 becoming known as one of the Flyers greatest centers and captains in Flyers and NHL history. His No. 16 jersey was retired on November 15, 1984.
OCT. 11, 1967
The Flyers traveled to Oakland to face off against the California Seals. The Flyers lost their franchise-opening game, 5-1. The Flyers' lone goal, and the first goal in franchise history, was scored by left wing Bill Sutherland at 10:07 of the second period.
This was both the Flyers and Seals first ever game since entering the NHL as an expansion team during the summer.
The Flyers would go on to claim their first win a week later, defeating the St. Louis Blues on the road, 2-1.
OCT. 11, 1979
The Flyers honor goaltender Bernie Parent, by retiring his No. 1 jersey. Parent played with the Flyers for 10 years. In 486 games, Parent was 232-141-103 with a 2.42 GAA and 50 shutouts, which rank first all-time in team history.
Parent was chosen by the Flyers in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft. In his first season with the organization he recorded a 16-17-5 mark with a 2.48 GAA and four shutouts. Parent would go on to own a 232-141-103 record with a 2.42 GAA in 486 regular season games with the Flyers.
He backstopped the Flyers to both of their Stanley Cup victories in 1974 and 1975, which included shutting out their opponent in both Stanley Cup clinching games. He was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP and Vezina Trophy as best NHL goaltender in both seasons.
OCT. 11, 1990
Bill Barber's No. 7 jersey is retired by the Flyers. Barber played with the Flyers for 12 seasons from 1972-1984.
Barber was drafted by the Flyers in the first round, seventh overall in the 1972 draft. After being called up to the NHL, Barber scored 30 goals and had 34 assists in his rookie year with the Flyers.
As part of the famed LCB line, consisting of Reggie Leach, Bob Clarke, and Barber, he helped lead the Flyers to both Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975.
Barber owns the Flyers all-time record in goals with 420.
OCT. 11, 2010
The Flyers raised their 2010-11 Eastern Conference Championship banner to the rafters of the Wells Fargo Center prior to their home opener against the Colorado Avalanche.
The Flyers, who qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs in a dramatic shootout victory over the New York Rangers in the last game of the regular season, defeated the New Jersey Devils in five games and came back from a 0-3 series deficit during the Eastern Conference semi-finals to defeat the Boston Bruins 4-3 in the series to move on to the Conference Final vs. Montreal. The Flyers defeated the Canadiens in five games to claim the Prince of Wales Trophy and clinch the Eastern Conference title.
The Flyers eventually lost the Stanley Cup Final series to the Chicago Blackhawks in a 4-2 series.
ALSO ON THIS DATE:
- The Flyers own an all-time record of 11-7-3.
- Bernie Parent played his first game after being reacquired by the Flyers, shutting out Toronto in a 2-0 opening night win in 1973.
- Winger Ilkka Sinisalo scored a penalty shot goal in an 8-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1981.
- John LeClair posted his eighth career hat trick in a 6-2 win over his former team, the Montreal Canadiens in 1997.
- Born on 'This Date' are Flyers Alumni: Miroslav Dvorak (1982-85) & Claude Lapointe (2002-04).