On March 3, 1973, the Flyers acquired 29-year-old veteran checking center Terry Crisp from the New York Islanders in exchange for Jean Potvin and Glen Irwin. Although not a blockbuster deal, it was an astute one by Hall of Fame general manager Keith Allen. Largely a young team, the pre-Cup Flyers benefited from the addition of a savvy veteran "glue" player.
For the next three-plus years, Crisp capably centered the Flyers' fourth line. He helped win the Stanley Cup in 1973-74 and 1974-75.
Crisp served as one of the leading penalty killers on "Broad Street Bullies" teams that were no strangers to playing shorthanded. It was through not only the excellence of Hall of Fame goaltender Bernie Parent but also through the hockey savvy and hard work of the team's penalty killers that the Flyers were able to play such an intimidating brand of physical hockey without worrying about losing many games on special teams.
At even strength, Crisp was an unsung asset because of his faceoff prowess and smart positioning. Although never known as an offensive player and teammates kidded him about the lack of velocity on his shots, Crisp periodically chipped in offensively, including 10 goals and 31 points during the 1973-74 seasons and six points in nine games in the 1975 playoffs.
In the locker room, Crisp was part of arguably the best and deepest leadership group of any team in the NHL. Everything was team first. Selfishness was not tolerated, nor was anything less than maximum effort or dedication to winning.
A competitive character player on the ice, the gregarious Crisp's sense of humor came to the forefront off the ice. He had a booming laugh and told colorful stories that made him a favorite of the media and fans.
Above all, Crisp was a student of the game and had a passion for teaching. Legendary Flyers head coach Fred Shero recognized that Crisp - who later coached the Calgary Flames to the Stanley Cup - had NHL coaching potential, and accepted him as a protégé as Crisp's playing days wound down. After his retirement, Crisp served two seasons as a Flyers assistant coach before he began building his head coaching resume.
March 5: Through the Years
- 1975: Rick MacLeish's fifth career hat trick helps the Flyers sink the Minnesota North Stars, 9-2, in Minneapolis. Bobby Clarke racks up two goals and two assists in the same game.
- 1985: Brian Propp records the fifth hat trick of his NHL career, lifting the Flyers to a 5-4 win over Kelly Hrudey and the New York Islanders. Dave Poulin scores the winning goal at 2:18 of overtime off a feed from Mark Howe.
- 1990: In a seemingly minor trade at the time, the Flyers trade defenseman Jay Wells and a 1991 fourth-round pick (Peter Ambroziak) to the Buffalo Sabres for Kevin Maguire and a 1990 second-round draft pick. The most important element of the trade ends up becoming the Buffalo second-round pick. The Flyers use it to select Swedish forward Mikael Renberg, who makes an immediate NHL impact upon his arrival in 1993-94.
- 1991: The Flyers acquire underachieving former Montreal Canadiens first-round pick Mark Pederson from the Habs in exchange for a 1991 second-round pick (Jim Campbell). Pederson does not live up to expectations in Philadelphia, either, but has a fine second half of the 1991-92 season as the third member of a line with Rod Brind'Amour and Kevin Dineen.
- 1993: Rookie goaltender Tommy Soderstrom records his third shutout of the season as the visiting Flyers blank the Washington Capitals. 3-0. The game is scoreless for 50 minutes before Mark Recchi (41st goal of the season), Rod Brind'Amour (30th goal) and rookie Eric Lindros (empty net goal for his 28th tally of an injury-curtailed season) score for Philly. Soderstrom stops all 36 shots he faces.
- 1994: The Flyers trade former 1st round pick Claude Boivin and the rights to goaltender Kik Daubenspeck to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for veteran defensive forward Mark Lamb.
- 2002: In a swap of minor league players, the Flyers trade defenseman Joe DiPenta to the Atlanta Thrashers for forward Jarrod Skalde.
- 2004: The Flyers and Ottawa Senators set an NHL record with a combined 419 penalty minutes; mostly stemming from a series of latter third period brawls; a carryover from an incident the previous game in which Ottawa's Martin Havlat attempted to injure Flyers' winger Mark Recchi. Havlat, who was sent to the penalty box to serve the penalty minutes of ejected Ottawa defenseman Zdeno Chara, and thus stayed out of the fray.
- 2014: The Flyers trade former Barry Ashbee Trophy winning defenseman Andrej Meszaros to the Boston Bruins for a conditional draft pick which ends up becoming a 2014 third-round selection (Mark Friedman).
March 5 Flyers Birthdays
- The late Pat "Hopalong" Hannigan, an original Flyer, was born on March 5, 1936 in Timmins, Ontario.
- A fan favorite throughout his stint with the Flyers, left winger Shjon Podein was born in Rochester, Minnesota, on March 5, 1968.
- Skilled Russian center Anatoli Semenov was born in Moscow on March 5, 1962.