Philadelphia Firebirds
Philly Firebirds
City: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
League: NAHL (1974–1977)
AHL (1977–1979)
Operated: 1974 to 1979
Home Arena: Philadelphia Civic Center
Colors: White, Orange, Yellow, Green
Affiliates: Detroit Red Wings
Colorado Rockies
Franchise history
1974 to 1979: Philadelphia Firebirds
1979 to 1980: Syracuse Firebirds
Playoff Championships: 1: 1975–76
(Lockhart Cup)
1976 77 Firebirds

The 1976-77 Philadelphia Firebirds with the Lockhart Cup.

The Philadelphia Firebirds were a minor league professional minor league hockey team that played in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1974 to 1979.

From 1974 to 1977 the Firebirds were a member club of the North American Hockey League winning the league's Lockhart Cup play-off championship in 1976. The Firebirds featured several key players during their time in Philadelphia. Goaltender Rejean Lemelin moved on from the Firebirds to a long career with Calgary and Boston in the NHL. The tandem of center Bobby Collyard and right wing Gordie Brooks were consistently among the leading scorers in both the NAHL and AHL during their Firebird careers.

When the NAHL folded in 1977, the Firebirds, along with the Broome Dusters, joined the then-struggling American Hockey League. The Firebirds played all five seasons in Philadelphia (three NAHL and two AHL seasons) at Convention Hall, which has since been torn down. The Firebirds were affiliated with the NHL Detroit Red Wings in 1977–78 and the Colorado Rockies in 1978–79.

Following the 1979 season, the franchise moved to Syracuse, New York, where the club played one final season as the Syracuse Firebirds before folding.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

  • Philadelphia Firebirds 1974–1977 (North American Hockey League)
  • Philadelphia Firebirds 1977–1979 (American Hockey League)
  • Syracuse Firebirds 1979–1980 (American Hockey League)

Regular seasonEdit

Season Games WonLostTiedPoints Goals
1974–75744031 3833112882nd, NAHL
1975–76744529 0903733192nd, West
1976–77743833 3793192944th, NAHL
1977–78 81353511812942903rd, South
1978–79 802349 8542303475th, South
1979–80 803142 7693033643rd, South


Season1st round2nd roundFinals
1974–75L, 1–3, Long Island
1975–76W, 3–2, Erie W, 4–2, Johnstown W, 4–2, Beauce
Lockhart Cup Champions
1976–77L, 1–3, Erie
1977–78 L, 1–3, New Haven
1978–79 Out of Playoffs
1979–80 L, 0–4, Hershey

External linksEdit

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