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History-Making Trade with the Kings: January 28, 1972

by @NHLFlyers

On January 28, 1972, the Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings announced a major trade. At the time, the six-player deal was the largest multi-player exchange of roster players in National Hockey League history. Two of the players whom the Flyers received in the swap would later go on to be part of the Flyers' Stanley Cup-winning 1973-74 roster.

In the deal, Philadelphia received Ross Lonsberry (a member of both Cup teams) and "Cowboy" Bill Flett along with defenseman Jean Potvin (later traded to the Islanders for Terry Crisp). In return, Philly sent gifted young forward Serge Bernier, Jimmy Johnson and Bill Lesuk to the Kings.

January 28: Through the Years

  • 1973: Ross Lonsberry scores the only goal of a fight-filled first period in a 4-3 Flyers home win over the California Seals. The Flyers build leads of 3-0 and 4-1 before holding off a California rally in the final period. Dave "the Hammer" Schultz collects a goal -- but not a fighting major -- for the Flyers in this tilt, while Rick MacLeish and "Cowboy" Bill Flett also score for Philly. Three separate rounds of fights break out during (and immediately after the expiration) of the first period. Flyers combatants include Gary Dornhoefer (vs. Morris Mott) less than two minutes into the game, a relatively rare fight involving Tom Bladon (vs. Stan Gilbertson) and a fight after the first period buzzer involving Bob "the Hound" Kelly against Bert Marshall.


  • 1987: Peter Zezel's second career hat trick and a two-goal game from Tim Kerr (39th and 40th tallies of the 1986-87 season) spur the Flyers to a 7-4 road win over the Buffalo Sabres. Philly also gets goals by Scott Mellanby and Brad McCrimmon. As a footnote to the game, defenseman John Stevens -- later the Flyers head coach -- makes his NHL debut and even records a late-game power play assist on Zezel's third goal.


  • 1995: First-period goals by Brent Fedyk and Mark Recchi (power play) are just enough for Dominic Roussel (23 saves on 24 shots) and the Flyers to capture a 2-1 regulation home win against the Boston Bruins. Cam Neely ends Roussel's shutout bid in the final minute of the game. Recchi (one goal, one assist) and Rod Brind'Amour (two assists) post multi-point games. It is a relatively tame game for a Flyers-Bruins match, with just a pair of Flyers' minor penalties and four Boston minors. All but an inadvertent early-game high stick by Boston's Alexei Kasatonov are routine restraining-foul minors.


  • 1997: A pair of second-period goals by third-line left wing Shjon Podein breaks a scoreless deadlock. The Flyers add third period goals by rookie defenseman Janne Niinimaa and Eric Lindros and go on to down the visiting Phoenix Coyotes, 4-1.


  • 2014: Goaltender Steve Mason posts a 33-save shutout of the Detroit Red Wings while a three-point game (two goals, one assist) by left winger Scott Hartnell leads the offense in a 5-0 Flyers home win. Claude Giroux collects a goal and two assists and defenseman Mark Streit chips in a pair of assists. Philly also gets goals by third-line center Sean Couturier and fourth-line center Adam Hall.



January 28: Flyers Birthday

  • Volatile winger Dan Carcillo was born on January 28, 1985 in King City, Ontario.


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