Todd Bergen spent only 14 games in the National Hockey League and parts of two seasons at the professional level in his brief hockey career but he made it memorable. After being called up twice from the American Hockey League to the NHL in the second half of the 1984-85 season, Bergen racked up 11 goals and 16 points in a mere 14 games.
On April 7, 1985, the last game of the regular season, the Flyers crushed the host New Jersey Devils, 6-1. Bergen compiled two goals and an assist in what would prove to be the final regular season game of his career. He would dress in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games (four goals, nine assists, 13 points) that spring.
In the same game, Brian Propp (42nd and 43rd) also notched two goals, while Dave Poulin hit the 30-goal plateau and rookie Rick Tocchet (14th) rounded out the scoring. Vezina Trophy winning goaltender Pelle Lindbergh stopped 38 of 39 shots.
Following the 1984-85 season, Bergen refused to return to the Flyers, citing differences with head coach Mike Keenan and a desire to seek a career as a professional golfer rather than a hockey player. He announced his retirement at age 22 on Sept. 25, 1985. After Bergen's rights were traded by the Flyers to the Minnesota on Nov. 29, he briefly returned to hockey to play 27 games in the American Hockey League but sustained an abdominal injury (a recurring problem that dated back to his first Flyers recall in January 1985) and left the sport for good.
April 7: Through the Years
- 1974: In the final game of the 1973-74 regular season, the Flyers earn a 6-2 win at the Spectrum over the Minnesota North Stars. Bernie Parent earns his 47th victory of the season as he stops 20 of 22 shots. Bill Barber notches a hat trick (32nd, 33rd and 34th goals of the season), while Bobby Clarke racks up three assists to finish the season with 52 helpers. The Flyers also get goals from "Cowboy" Bill Flett (17th), Tom Bladon (12th) and Ross Lonsberry (32nd).
- 1995: In a one-for-one swap of veteran defensemen, the Flyers acquire Petr Svoboda from the Buffalo Sabres for Garry Galley.
- 2001: Jaromir Jagr (one goal, two assists) spurs the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-0 lead at the first intermission but the Flyers roar back to capture a 4-3 overtime win capped off by John LeClair's second power play goal of the game. LeClair's first goal, scored at 11:01 of the third period, forces OT. Paul Ranheim (10th) and Ruslan Fedotenko (15th) also tally in regulation.
- 2006: Despite the absence of Peter Forsberg (groin pull) from the lineup, the Flyers capture a 4-2 road win over the Buffalo Sabres. Rookie center Mike Richards (one assist) steps onto Forsberg's line with Simon Gagne (44th goal of the season, two assists) and Mike Knuble (33rd goal of the season, one assist). The Flyers also get goals from rookie forward R.J. Umberger (17th) and veteran defenseman Eric Desjardins (4th).
- 2009: Jeff Carter's 45th goal of the season snaps a 1-1 deadlock in the third period and proves to be the game-winner in a 2-1 home win over the Florida Panthers. Martin Biron turns back 29 of 30 shots to earn the win.
- 2015: Brayden Schenn's goal at 19:57 of the third period rescues a 5-4 home win in regulation for the Flyers after the team was unable to protect a 4-1 lead against the New York Islanders earlier the final stanza. Claude Giroux gets the Flyers off to a quick start with his 24th and 25th goals of the season and goals by Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Carlo Colaiacovo build a 4-1 lead before the Isles storm back for three straight tallies, including goals at the 18:16 (Johnny Boychuk) and 19:32 (Anders Lee) marks.
APRIL 7: FLYERS BIRTHDAYS
- Depth NHL center and high-scoring minor league veteran Don Biggs was born April 7, 1965 in Mississauga, Ontario.
- Depth defenseman Matt Walker was born April 7, 1980 in Beaverlodge, Alberta.