Although he may not have had the longevity of other Philadelphia Flyers scoring standouts, Smithers, British Columbia native Ron Flockhart enjoyed a wave of success and popularity early in his career with the team. His free-flowing, dipsy doodling style of play with the puck was dubbed "Flocky Hockey."
In 1981-82, the 21-year-old Flockhart racked up 33 goals and 72 points in 72 games. His most memorable stretch of play came in the month of February. Flockhart scored at least one goal in eight straight games to set a new Flyers franchise record. He set the mark on February 20, 1982 in a 6-5 road loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
During Flockhart's streak, he scored nine goals in eight games between the 4th and 20th of February. The streak would finally end in a Flyers' 1-0 shutout loss at the hands of the Boston Bruins. Flockhart's team-record goal streak would later be broken by Rick Tocchet, who scored in nine straight games between March 1 and 19, 1989.
February 20: Through the Years
- 1973: "Cowboy" Bill Flett tallies his 32nd and 33rd goals of the season in a 5-2 road win over the St. Louis Blues. Rising young star Rick MacLeish (37th goal of the season), rookie standout Bill Barber (23rd goal of the season) and Hart Trophy winner Bobby Clarke (four assists) dominate the older, slower Blues. Ross Lonsberry tacks on a late third-period marker.
- 1983: Bob Froese records a 16-save shutout as the Flyers breeze to a 3-0 win over the host New Jersey Devils. Darryl Sittler opens the scoring with his 35th goal of the season and then sets up a Tim Kerr tally. Ilkka Sinisalo makes it a three-goal lead in the second period.
- 1986: In a 5-3 win at the Spectrum against the LA Kings, Flyers right wing Tim Kerr scores 28th power play goal of the season, at 19:19 of the first period, to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead. The goal ties an NHL then-record for most power play tallies in a season, co-held by Hockey Hall of Fame forwards Phil Esposito and Mike Bossy. Kerr goes on to finish the season with 34 power play goals, setting a new NHL record.
- 1993: Rookie superstar Eric Lindros has a quiet game as the Flyers grab a 2-0 lead on the host Minnesota North Stars - courtesy of Mark Recchi's 35th goal of the season and defenseman Dmitri Yushkevich's third - but go on to lose, 5-2.
- 2003: Roman Cechmanek records his 17th shutout in a Flyers uniform, blanking the visiting Los Angeles Kings on 28 shots in a 5-0 blowout win. Eric Chouinard scores twice for the Flyers, who also get goals from Radovan Somik, Mark Recchi (power play) and Kim Johnsson (empty net with 3:05 remaining).
- 2013: NHL Player of the Week Jakub Voracek compiles his first hat trick in a wild-and-woolly 6-5 Flyers road win over the archrival Pittsburgh Penguins. Voracek's final goal, the game winner, comes with 1:31 remaining in the third period. The entire game is a seesaw affair that sees the Fyers trail 2-0, lead 4-2 and 5-3, before Voracek's third goal snaps a 5-5 deadlock. Wayne Simmonds scores twice for the Flyers. The Flyers first goal, scored by defensive defenseman Nicklas Grossmann, comes about at the end of an epic puck scramble around the net that involves virtually every skater on the ice. Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun (26 saves on 32 shots) ends up seated outside the crease, facing the net as the puck finally squirts to Grossmann all alone in the lower left slot.
February 20: Flyers Birthday
- Two-way winger Bob Ritchie was born on Feb. 20, 1955, in Laverlochère, Quebec.