Selected by the Philadelphia Flyers from the Montreal Canadiens with the 39th pick of the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft, French-Canadian forward Leon Rochefort led the Flyers in goal-scoring (21 goals) and was third in points (42) during the franchise's inaugural 1967-68 season.
On November 4, 1967, Rochefort notched a permanent place in franchise history as the upstart Flyers notched a monumental upset: a 4-1 victory over the storied Canadiens at the Montreal Forum. Rochefort scored a first-period power play goal and two even strength goals in the third period to record the first hat trick in Flyers' franchise history.
A late first-period goal by Garry Peters rounded out the Flyers' scoring.
The biggest star of the night, however, was Montreal native Bernie Parent. The 22-year-old Flyers goaltender turned back 33 of 34 shots (Philadelphia got outshot by a 34-19 margin, including a 14-4 disparity in the second period. Only a Gilles Tremblay power play goal at 7:28 of the second period got past the future Hall of Fame netminder. Parent even mixes it up with John Ferguson in a scuffle near his net midway through the game.
Video: What happened on November 4th, 1967 in Flyers history
November 4: Through the Years
- 1973: Philadelphia crushes the flightless Pittsburgh Penguins at the Spectrum by a 7-0 count. Bernie Parent earns a 28-save shutout. The line of Bobby Clarke (two goals, one assist), Bill Barber (one goal, two assists) and Bill Flett (two assists) leads the attack.
- 1978: A five-goal Flyers outburst in the first period and a brawl late in the period highlight a 7-3 Flyers blowout win at the Spectrum over the Boston Bruins. Mel Bridgman and Reggie Leach both scores twice/ Rick MacLeish tallies a shorthand goal. Paul Holmgren scores a goal and collects 20 penalty minutes (including a pair of fights with Terry O'Reilly). Paul Evans rounds out the scoring for Philadelphia.
- 1979: The Flyers run their unbeaten streak to nine straight games (8-0-1) with a 3-1 win at the Spectrum over the Buffalo Sabres. Pete Peeters stars in goal, making 40 saves. Bill Barber, Ken "the Rat" Linseman and Paul Holmgren score for Philly.
- 1986: The Flyers steamroll the hapless New Jersey Devils, 7-1, at the Spectrum. Mark Howe (shorthanded goal, two assists), Tim Kerr (two power play goals) and Pelle Eklund (one goal, two assists) lead the way. Rookie goalie Ron Hextall (28 saves) earns the win.
- 1989: Multi-point efforts by Tim Kerr (power play and even strength goals), Rick Tocchet (one goal, one assist), Mark Howe (two assists) and Murray Craven (two assists) pace the attack on in a 7-4 Flyers road win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
- 1993: Shorthanded goals by Dave Tippett and Rod Brind'Amour, a first-period even strength goal by Eric Lindros and a power play tally by Mikael Renberg lift the Flyers to a 4-1 win at the Spectrum over the Quebec Nordiques. Winning goalie Dominic Roussel makes 27 saves.
- 2000: Roman Cechmanek (18 saves) records his first NHL shutout in a 3-0 home win over the Buffalo Sabres. Ruslan Fedotenko scores his first NHL goal in the same game, while Dan McGillis (assisted by Fedotenko) and Keith Primeau round out the scoring.
- 2010: Trailing the visiting New York Rangers 1-0 in the second period, the Flyers strike for four unanswered goals (Mike Richards, Blair Betts, Nikolay Zherdev and Chris Pronger) to earn a 4-1 win. Rookie netminder Sergei Bobrovsky (20 saves) outduels Henrik Lundqvist.
- 2014: A pair of first-period goals by Jakub Voracek gets the Flyers off to a quick start in a 4-1 home win over the Edmonton Oilers. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare tallies his second NHL goal. The game also features a brother-to-brother goal as forward Brayden Schenn earns the lone assist on a score by defenseman brother Luke Schenn.
November 4: Flyers Birthday
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