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1969–70 Philadelphia Flyers · NHL
Division 5th West
1969–70 record 17–35–24
Home record 11–14–13
Road record 6–21–11
Goals for 197
Goals against 225
General Manager Bud Poile (Oct-Dec)
Keith Allen
Coach Vic Stasiuk
Captain Ed Van Impe
Alternate captains Dick Cherry
Arena The Spectrum
Average attendance 13,372[1]
Team Leaders
Goals Gary Dornhoefer (26)
Assists André Lacroix (36)
Points Andre Lacroix (58)
Penalties in minutes Earl Heiskala (171)
Wins Bernie Parent (13)
Goals against average Bernie Parent (2.79)
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1968–69 1970–71

The 1969–70 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' 3rd season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers finished 5th in the West Division and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season[]

The Flyers took a chance when they selected a 19-year-old diabetic from Flin Flon, Manitoba named Bobby Clarke with their second draft pick, 17th overall, in the 1969 NHL Amateur Draft. They also drafted two other players that became significant in the team's rise, Don Saleski and Dave Schultz.

The Flyers wore the same jersey design as in the 1967-68 season.

Regular Season[]

By the time training camp came around it was clear that Bobby Clarke was NHL calibre and he quickly became a fan favorite. It took Clarke a few games to show his worth, he was -2 in his first game and didn't score until his 7th game, the tying goal during the 3-3 tie against the New York Rangers. An injury to Phil Goyette resulted in him playing in the 1970 NHL All-Star Game. Despite his 15 goals and 31 assists, the team struggled in 1969–70, recording a franchise worst in wins with 17.

On December 11, 1969, the Flyers introduced what became one of the team's best-known traditions, playing a recording of Kate Smith singing God Bless America instead of The Star-Spangled Banner before important games. The perception was that the team was more successful on these occasions, so the tradition grew. The move was initially done by Flyers promotion director Lou Scheinfeld as a way to defray national tensions at the time of the Vietnam War. Scheinfeld noticed that people regularly left their seats to walk around during the anthem, but showed more respect and often sang along to "God Bless America". To this day, the team plays the song before major playoff games.

Earl Heiskala and Fern Rivard stick-swing, January 4, 1970.

General manager Bud Poile was fired on December 19, 1969. Keith Allen was named his replacement on December 22.

During the second period of the January 4, 1970 game against the Minnesota North Stars, Earl Heiskala had a run-in with North Stars goalie Fern Rivard. Both swung their sticks at each other but no penalties were called. Several minutes later, tempers flared by Minnesota's bench and Hieskala and Barry Gibbs fought. Within moments, everyone on the ice was involved, including goalies Rivard and Doug Favell. Punches were traded with the North Stars bench, Hieskala and Gibbs were ejected and the Flyers won 3-1.

Barry Gibbs ends the Flyers playoffs hopes, April 4, 1970.

The Flyers were battling for a playoff spot with the Oakland Seals and Minnesota with six games left in the season. They held a 5 point lead on the Seals and 6 points on the North Stars. They went on a five game losing streak, including a loss to Oakland. Philadelphia's last game was on April 4, 1970 against Minnesota. The North Stars and Seals were tied with the Flyers with 58 points and Minnesota had a game in hand. In a very tight defensive game, goalies Bernie Parent and Gump Worsley battled with neither surrendering a goal in the first two periods. Nearly eight minutes into the third period, a soft shot from center ice by Minnesota defenseman Barry Gibbs beat a surprised Parent. Worsley made a incredible save with less than 25 seconds left and the game ended 1-0, clinching a playoff spot for the North Stars.

Oakland lost their last game but had more wins than the Flyers and gained the final playoff spot. The Flyers missed the playoffs for the first time and set an NHL record for the most ties in one season with 24.

Final Standings[]

West Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
St. Louis Blues 76 37 27 12 224 179 86
Pittsburgh Penguins 76 26 38 12 182 238 64
Minnesota North Stars 76 19 35 22 224 257 60
Oakland Seals 76 22 40 14 169 243 58
Philadelphia Flyers 76 17 35 24 197 225 58
Los Angeles Kings 76 14 52 150 168 290 38

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game Log[]

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 11, 1969 0-4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 0–1–0
2 T October 15, 1969 3-3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 0–1–1
3 T October 19, 1969 1-1 Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 0–1–2
4 W October 22, 1969 4-3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 1–1–2
5 T October 23, 1969 2-2 Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 1–1–3
6 T October 26, 1969 0-0 St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 1–1–4
7 T October 30, 1969 3-3 New York Rangers (1969–70) 1–1–5
8 L November 1, 1969 0-8 @ St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 1–2–5
9 W November 2, 1969 6-2 Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 2–2–5
10 L November 6, 1969 1-4 Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 2–3–5
11 T November 9, 1969 2-2 Oakland Seals (1969–70) 2–3–6
12 L November 12, 1969 2-4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 2–4–6
13 L November 15, 1969 2-4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 2–5–6
14 W November 20, 1969 3-2 Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 3–5–6
15 L November 22, 1969 3-5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 3–6–6
16 L November 23, 1969 2-3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 3–7–6
17 T November 26, 1969 1-1 Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 3–7–7
18 L November 27, 1969 4-6 @ Boston Bruins (1969–70) 3–8–7
19 T November 29, 1969 2-2 @ New York Rangers (1969–70) 3–8–8
20 T November 30, 1969 3-3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 3–8–9
21 W December 3, 1969 7-1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 4–8–9
22 T December 5, 1969 2-2 @ Oakland Seals (1969–70) 4–8–10
23 L December 7, 1969 1-4 St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 4–9–10
24 W December 11, 1969 6-3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 5–9–10
25 L December 13, 1969 3-5 Boston Bruins (1969–70) 5–10–10
26 L December 14, 1969 1-4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 5–11–10
27 T December 17, 1969 2-2 @ New York Rangers (1969–70) 5–11–11
28 L December 20, 1969 0-3 @ St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 5–12–11
29 W December 21, 1969 4-0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 6–12–11
30 W December 25, 1969 3-1 Oakland Seals (1969–70) 7–12–11
31 T December 27, 1969 2-2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 7–12–12
32 L December 28, 1969 4-5 Boston Bruins (1969–70) 7–13–12
33 L January 1, 1970 3-4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 7–14–12
34 L January 3, 1970 1-6 Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 7–15–12
35 W January 4, 1970 3-1 Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 8–15–12
36 T January 7, 1970 2-2 @ St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 8–15–13
37 W January 8, 1970 4-1 Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 9–15–13
38 T January 10, 1970 2-2 Oakland Seals (1969–70) 9–15–14
39 W January 13, 1970 3-1 @ Oakland Seals (1969–70) 10–15–14
40 T January 15, 1970 4-4 New York Rangers (1969–70) 10–15–15
41 L January 17, 1970 3-5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 10–16–15
42 L January 18, 1970 4-6 Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 10–17–15
43 T January 22, 1970 3-3 @ Boston Bruins (1969–70) 10–17–16
44 W January 24, 1970 6-0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 11–17–16
45 W January 25, 1970 2-0 St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 12–17–16
46 T January 28, 1970 2-2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 12–17–17
47 L January 29, 1970 3-4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 12–18–17
48 L January 31, 1970 0-5 Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 12–19–17
49 L February 1, 1970 2-5 Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 12–20–17
50 L February 5, 1970 1-5 @ Boston Bruins (1969–70) 12–21–17
51 T February 7, 1970 4-4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 12–21–18
52 W February 8, 1970 5-3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 13–21–18
53 T February 12, 1970 3-3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 13–21–19
54 L February 14, 1970 3-4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 13–22–19
55 W February 15, 1970 7-1 Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 14–22–19
56 L February 17, 1970 2-4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 14–23–19
57 T February 18, 1970 3-3 @ New York Rangers (1969–70) 14–23–20
58 L February 21, 1970 3-5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 14–24–20
59 L February 26, 1970 2-3 Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 14–25–20
60 W February 28, 1970 6-2 Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 15–25–20
61 T March 1, 1970 4-4 Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 15–25–21
62 T March 4, 1970 2-2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 15–25–22
63 T March 7, 1970 5-5 Boston Bruins (1969–70) 15–25–23
64 L March 8, 1970 2-3 Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 15–26–23
65 L March 12, 1970 2-4 @ St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 15–27–23
66 W March 14, 1970 5-3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 16–27–23
67 L March 15, 1970 1-2 @ Oakland Seals (1969–70) 16–28–23
68 T March 19, 1970 2-2 New York Rangers (1969–70) 16–28–24
69 L March 21, 1970 0-2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 16–29–24
70 W March 22, 1970 3-2 Oakland Seals (1969–70) 17–29–24
71 L March 25, 1970 2-3 @ Oakland Seals (1969–70) 17–30–24
72 L March 26, 1970 2-3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 17–31–24
73 L March 28, 1970 1-2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 17–32–24
74 L April 1, 1970 1-4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 17–33–24
75 L April 2, 1970 0-1 St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 17–34–24
76 L April 4, 1970 0-1 Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 17–35–24

Playoffs[]

  • The Flyers did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[]

Skaters[]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

Regular Season
# Player Age Pos GP G A Pts +/- PIM
7 Lacroix, AndreAndre Lacroix 24 C 74 22 36 58 −6 14
12 Dornhoefer, GaryGary Dornhoefer 26 RW 65 26 29 55 2 96
20 Johnson, JimJim Johnson 27 C 72 18 30 48 1 17
16 Clarke, BobbyBobby Clarke 20 C 76 15 31 46 1 68
11 Gendron, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Gendron 35 LW 71 23 21 44 8 54
17 Nolet, SimonSimon Nolet 28 RW 56 22 22 44 12 36
10 Sutherland, BillBill Sutherland 35 LW 51 15 17 32 −2 30
3 Hillman, LarryLarry Hillman 32 D 76 5 26 31 −9 73
9 Fleming, RegReg Fleming 33 LW 65 9 18 27 −4 134
24 Ball, TerryTerry Ball 25 D 61 7 18 25 −7 20
8 Morrison, LewLew Morrison 21 RW 66 9 10 19 −3 19
15 Peters, GarryGarry Peters 27 C 59 6 10 16 −9 69
19 Heiskala, EarlEarl Heiskala 27 LW 65 8 7 15 −15 171
14 Watson, JoeJoe Watson 26 D 54 3 11 14 0 28
23 Hale, LarryLarry Hale 28 D 53 1 9 10 −4 28
2 Van Impe, EdEd Van Impe 29 D 65 0 10 10 −1 117
6 Hillman, WayneWayne Hillman 31 D 68 3 5 8 −9 69
5 Cherry, DickDick Cherry 32 D 68 3 4 7 −24 23
30 Parent, BernieBernie Parent 24 G 62 0 3 3 N/A 14
21 Sarrazin, DickDick Sarrazin 24 RW 18 1 1 2 −2 4
18 Paiement, RosaireRosaire Paiement 24 RW 9 1 1 2 −2 4
21 Bernier, SergeSerge Bernier 22 C 1 0 1 1 −1 0
4, 21 MacSweyn, RalphRalph MacSweyn 27 D 17 0 0 0 −7 4
21 Edestrand, DarrylDarryl Edestrand 24 D 2 0 0 0 −1 6
1 Wilson, DuncDunc Wilson 21 G 1 0 0 0 N/A 0
1 Favell, DougDoug Favell 24 G 15 0 0 0 N/A 2

Goaltenders[]

Regular Season
# Player Age GP GS W L T SA GA GAA SV% SO TOI
30 Bernie Parent 24 62 62 13 29 20 2159 171 2.80 .921 3 3,668:19
1 Doug Favell 24 15 13 4 5 4 516 43 3.15 .917 1 818:00
1 Dunc Wilson 21 1 1 0 1 0 26 3 3.02 .885 0 59:35

Awards and Records[]

Awards[]

NHL
Award Recipient
All-Star Game representative Bobby Clarke
Bernie Parent

Records[]

Flyers player
Player Record Mark
Bernie Parent Losses, one season 29[2]

Transactions[]

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions before/during the 1969–70 season.

Trades[]

May 14, 1969
To Philadelphia Flyers
cash
To St. Louis Blues
Ron Buchanan
May 14, 1969
To Philadelphia Flyers
Wayne Hillman
To Minnesota North Stars
John Miszuk
June 6, 1969
To Philadelphia Flyers
Reg Fleming
To New York Rangers
Don Blackburn
Leon Rochefort
June 10, 1969
To Philadelphia Flyers
cash
To Minnesota North Stars
Bob Barlow
June 12, 1969
To Philadelphia Flyers
Jean-Guy Gendron
To Montreal Canadiens
cash

Additions and Subtractions[]

Additions
Player Former team Via
Vic Stasiuk Quebec (AHL) signed as Coach (5/19)
Bob Barlow Vancouver (WHL) intra-league draft (6/10)
Larry Hillman Montreal intra-league draft (6/11)
Jim Mair Johnstown (EHL) free agency (9/29)
Keith Allen promoted to GM (12/18)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Roger Pelletier Quebec (AHL) intra-league draft (6/6)
Bob Barlow Vancouver (WHL) intra-league draft (6/10)
Jean-Guy Gendron Montreal intra-league draft (6/11)
Bob Sneddon Springfield (AHL) reverse draft (6/12)
Allan Stanley retirement (9/23)
Bud Poile resigned as GM (12/18)

Draft Picks[]

Philadelphia's picks at the 1969 NHL Amateur Draft in Montreal, Quebec.[3]

Rnd # Player Position Nationality Drafted From
1 6 Bob Currier Center Flag of Canada Canada Cornwall Royals (CJAHL)
2 17 Bobby Clarke Center Flag of Canada Canada Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL)
3 28 Willie Brossart Defenseman Flag of Canada Canada Estevan Bruins (WCHL)
4 40 Michel Belhumeur Goaltender Flag of Canada Canada Drummondville Rangers (QJHL)
5 52 Dave Schultz Left Wing Flag of Canada Canada Sorel Eperviers (QJHL)
6 64 Don Saleski Right Wing Flag of Canada Canada Regina Pats (SJHL)
8 81 Claude Chartre Center Flag of Canada Canada Drummondville Rangers (QJHL)

Farm Teams[]

The Flyers were affiliated with the Quebec Aces of the AHL, the Flint Generals of the IHL, and the Jersey Devils of the EHL.[4][5]

Trivia[]

Gallery[]

See Also[]

References[]

  1. FlyersHistory.net, All Time Team Attendance
  2. Tied in 2006–07 by Antero Niittymaki.
  3. hockeydb.com, 1969 NHL Amateur Draft
  4. FlyersHistory.net, Non-AHL Affiliates
  5. FlyersHistory.net, AHL Season Overview: 1969–70
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Affiliates Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL), Reading Royals (ECHL)


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