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March 6, 2012 - Flyers Retire Mark Howe's Number

by @NHLFlyers

Prior to a game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers retired Mark Howe's No. 2 jersey in honor of his induction four months earlier into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. As his banner was hoisted to the rafters, Howe completed every major post-career honor that an American-born Flyers player can earn: Hockey Hall of Fame, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, Flyers Hall of Fame and jersey retirement.

Howe's entire family, including legendary father Gordie and children Travis, Azia and Nolan, was on hand for the festivities. In honor of Mark Howe, every Philadelphia player sported a Howe jersey during the pregame warmups. The Flyers prevailed in the subsequent game, 3-2 on goals by Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux and Max Talbot.


March 6: Though the Years

  • 1971: Gary Dornhoefer tallies a natural hat trick for his second career NHL three-goal game but the Flyers are unable to protect a 4-1 lead midway through the third period and settle for a 4-4 tie with the visiting California Seals.


  • 1976: Orest Kindrachuk compiles his first carer hat trick, while Bill Barber hits the 40-goal mark on the season and rookie Mel Bridgman hits the 20-goal milestone in a 6-1 Flyers blowout of the visiting Detroit Red Wings. Gary Dornhoefer rounds out the scoring. The game also features a line brawl at 12:13 of the second period, with every player on the ice dropping the gloves. Kindrachuk, Dave "the Hammer" Schultz, Don "Big Bird" Saleski, Jack McIlhargey, Jimmy Watson and goaltender Wayne Stephenson are involved on the Philadelphia side.



  • 1979: Diminutive rookie goaltender Robbie Moore earns a 22-save shutout of the visiting Colorado Rockies in his NHL debut. The game also features 1978 first-round draft pick Ken "the Rat" Linseman's first NHL goal (in his 13th NHL game) as well as two tallies by Paul Holmgren and one apiece by Al Hill and Mel Bridgman.


  • 1989: The Flyers acquire backup goaltender Ken Wregget from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a pair of 1989 first-round draft picks (Rob Peterson and Steve Bancroft, the latter of whom was selected with a pick originally belonging to the Calgary Flames).


  • 1999: The Flyers trade left winger Andrei "the Tank" Kovalenko to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for no-frills defensive defenseman Adam Burt.


  • 2000: The Flyers trade veteran checking forward Marc Bureau to the Calgary Flames in exchange for minor league forward Travis Brigley and a 2001 sixth-round pick (which the Flyers use on veteran Russian forward Andrei Razin).


  • 2006: Peter Forsberg scores his first goal since missing 10 of 12 games with a groin/foot injury, and also assists on an Eric Desjardins goal in a seesaw game that ultimately goes to a shootout after being tied, 4-4, after 65 minutes. Rookie R.J. Umberger and defenseman Joni Pitkanen also score in regulation for the Flyers. In the shootout Forsberg and Petr Nedved convert their attempts to win the game. Robert Esche turns back 32 of 36 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping three of four in the shootout.


  • 2007: Simon Gagne's goal at 1:47 of overtime gives the Flyers a 5-4 win over the visiting New Jersey Devils.


  • 2009: The NHL nullifies the trade deadline deal that sent veteran defenseman Kyle McLaren to the Flyers from the San Jose Sharks after McLaren failed his physical. The Flyers recovered their 2009 sixth-round pick traded to San Jose in the initial deal.



March 6 Flyers Birthdays

  • National Hockey League defenseman and future medical doctor Fred Arthur was born on March 6, 1961 in Toronto.


  • Speedy and gritty center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare , the first Flyers player to be both born and trained in France, was born in Paris on March 6, 1985.


  • Speedy checking winger Eric Wellwood was born in Windsor, Ontario on March 6, 1990.



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