Over the course of two stints with the team, right winger Mark Recchi spent 602 games of his stellar 1,652 game regular season NHL career as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. Of the 577 career goals and 1,533 points he scored in regular-season NHL action, he notched 232 goals and 627 points in a Flyers' uniform.
On December 18, 2001, Recchi scored a career milestone goal in the Flyers' 6-3 win against the St. Louis Blues at the First Union Center. Scoring a late third-period power play goal, Recchi joined the NHL's 400-goal club, becoming the 65th player in league history to reach the milestone. Jeremy Roenick, Marty Murray, Kim Johnsson (power play), Chris Therien (shorthanded) and Ruslan Fedotenko (empty net) also scored for the Flyers' in the victory.
Fifty-three of Recchi's career goals and 123 of his points came in his career-best season of 1992-93 during his first stint with Philadelphia. That season, he broke Bobby Clarke's single-season Flyers' franchise record for points. The Recchi mark still stands.
December 18: Through the Years
- 1976: Bernie Parent saves the day, making early first-period goals by Bill Barber and Ross Lonsberry (power play) stand up in a 2-0 shutout win in St Louis. The Blues outshoot the Flyers by a 38-22 margin but Parent is equal to every shot. Barber assists on the Lonsberry goal barely a minute after getting the Flyers on the board. Paul Holmgren and Mel Bridgman fare well in third period fights with Bob Gassoff as the latter attempts unsuccessfully to spark his team.
- 1980: Backup goalie Rick St. Croix earns a 22-save shutout against the lowly Colorado Rockies. The Flyers get second period goals from defenseman Behn Wilson and veteran center Rick MacLeish. Gary Morrison assists on both goals, while MacLeish gets the secondary helper on Wilson's 10th goal of the season.
- 1986: Tim Kerr shoots the lights out, registering a hat trick (goals 24, 25, and 26 on the season) and barely missing a fourth tally. Flyers captain Dave Poulin also notches a hat trick and the Flyers go on to crush the New York Islanders by a 9-4 count at the Spectrum. Defenseman Mark Howe is plus-five and chips in the lone assist on Kerr's first goal. The third period of the blowout is filled with fights and penalty minutes. Flyers enforcer Dave Brown's night ends with 21 penalty minutes, including fighting and spearing majors, as well as a game misconduct.
- 1986: On the same date that the Flyers pummel the Islanders, they announce a rare trade with the arch-rival Rangers: The Flyers acquire hulking defenseman Kjell Samuelsson in exchange for goaltender Bob Froese. The rapid emergence of rookie goalie Ron Hextall displaced Froese after "Frosty" played admirably the previous season following the tragic death of defending Vezina Trophy winning goaltender Pelle Lindbergh.
- 1992: The Flyers trade forward Mark Pederson to the San Jose Sharks for forward Dave Snuggerud.
- 1993: A shorthanded goal by Al Conroy and a power play goal by Yves Racine enable the Flyers to bounce back from a pair of one-goal deficits and earn a 2-2 home tie against the formidable Chicago Blackhawks.
- 1995: The Flyers acquire an American Hockey League expansion franchise, beginning operations in the 1996-97 season and playing in the Spectrum after the Flyers moved to a brand new facility across the parking lot. The Philadelphia Phantoms replaced the Hershey Bears as the Flyers' top minor league affiliate. The Phantoms won two Calder Cup championships (1998 and 2005) during their tenure in Philadelphia. After the closing and demolition of The Spectrum, the franchise was sold in early 2009. The club was moved to Glens Falls, NY and renamed the Adirondack Phantoms. In 2014, the team returned to Pennsylvania, moving to Allentown, PA as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and playing in the newly constructed PPL Center.
- 1999: Two goals by John LeClair and one apiece by defensive defenseman Ulf Samuelsson and checking forward Marc Bureau (shorthanded) are more than enough support for goalie Brian Boucher. The rookie earns the first of his 10 career shutouts (combined regular season and playoffs) in a Flyers uniform as the Flyers blank the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-0. Boucher makes 29 saves.
- 2010: Veteran goalie Brian Boucher flirts with a shutout for 48-plus minutes and goes on to finish with 24 saves as the Flyers down the visiting New York Rangers by a 4-1 count. Philly gets two goals from Nikolay Zherdev and one apiece from Ville Leino and Andreas Nodl. Three goals in the third period seal the win.
December 18: Flyers Birthdays
- Two-way center Bob Corkum was born on Dec. 18, 1967 in Salisbury, Massachusetts.
- Longtime Philadelphia Phantoms goaltender Neil Little was born Dec. 18, 1971 in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
- Towering depth player Mike Siklenka was born on December 18, 1979 in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan.