Over their 50-year history, it has been a rare occurrence to have the Philadelphia Flyers and the New Jersey Devils get together on a trade. On this day 31 years ago, they did just that as the Orange and Black picked up a veteran backup goaltender.
The Devils traded 37-year-old Glenn “Chico” Resch, a former Stanley Cup winner with the New York Islanders, for a 1986 third-round draft pick (Marc Laniel).
“Chico” would play in 22 regular season games as a Flyer for the next two seasons, compiling a 7-7-2 record with a 2.96 GAA. He would provide a veteran presence for rookie netminder Ron Hextall in the 1986-87 season.
Over his 16-year career, Resch would record of 231-244-82 in 571 career regular season games and a GAA of 3.27. He would play with two other NHL teams, including the Colorado Rockies, and then move with them to the Devils in the 1982-83 season.
As for Marc Laniel ? He would be a career minor-leaguer; bouncing through the AHL and IHL for nine seasons, never reaching the big dance to play in an NHL game.
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In the inaugural season for the Philadelphia Flyers, the roster was full of NHL veterans selected from the 1967 NHL expansion draft. One of those would be the first Flyer to reach the 20-goal plateau wearing the Orange and Black, Leon Rochefort.
The dominance that was the “Legion of Doom” in the late 1990’s for the Flyers was some of the most exciting Flyers hockey in recent memory. On this day, this fabled line was at it again in this tilt against the Montreal Canadiens. Together, they would set a team record with 16 points among them, in a 9-5 drubbing of the Habs.
Eric Lindros would tally a goal and four assists, John LeClair would have four goals, two assists and Mikael Renberg would nab a goal and four assists. For LeClair, those totals would be personal bests in goals and points.
As Wayne Simmonds represents the Flyers this weekend at the NHL All-Star Game, we reflect back to the last NHL All-Star Game to be held in Philadelphia, back on Jan. 18, 1992 at the Spectrum.
The game featured just one lone Philadelphia Flyer representative, center Rod Brind’Amour, as the Flyers were mired in a "retooling" of sorts in the early 1990s.The format was simply, one conference versus the other -- the Campbell and the Wales.
The rosters were loaded with some of the greats of the game at that time, either on their way to stardom, or had been there for quite a while. A staggering 19 players played in this game that were newly named this weekend to the NHL’s Top 100 in league history.
There were nine from the Campbell Conference: Chris Chelios, Sergei Fedorov, Al MacInnis, Wayne Gretzky, Brett Hull, Adam Oates, Larry Robinson, Luc Robitaille and Steve Yzerman.
For the Wales Conference, there were 10: Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey, Jaromir Jagr, Brian Leetch, Mario Lemieux, Mark Messier, Patrick Roy, Joe Sakic, Scott Stevens and Bryan Trottier.
Note: Both Robinson and Trottier were "Commissioner Selections" by Gary Bettman, celebrating their Hall of Fame NHL careers.
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Both the All-Star game and the Skills Competition would feature a couple of "firsts."
In the skills competition, the Fastest Skater event was added, and it was a photo finish between Fedorov and Alexander Mogilny, with Fedorov squeaking out the win. It was also the memorable night for Ray Bourque and his "4-for-4" in the shooting accuracy competition, needing just four shots for the four targets.
For the All-Star game itself, it would be the first one in which there were no penalties called. Also, it was the first in which there were three goalies per squad, each playing one period.
In a 10-6 Campbell Conference win, it would be the Gretzky and Hull show. Brett picked up the MVP honors with two goals, including the game winner. He would also add an assist on a Gretzky goal in the first period. The Great One would add both assists on Hull’s goals. "Lucky" Luc Robitaille would also have a three-point night, all assists, playing alongside them.
Unfortunately, Brind’Amour didn’t find his way onto the score sheet for the Wales. They were led by Sakic andMogilny with two points each.
Hmmm, 1992, some 25 years ago. Mr. Bettman? I think Philadelphia is about due for another All-Star Weekend.
On this day, future Hall of Famer Darryl Sittler recorded his 1,000th career point in the NHL as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.
His goal in the second period of a 5-2 Flyers win over the Calgary Flames was the point needed to reach that magical milestone. His first 914 NHL points were recorded as a perennial All-Star for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Philadelphia Flyers continued on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center, with an Alumni Game between the Flyers and their interstate rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Both squads had stars and legends from yesteryear participate in the exhibition. The Flyers team featured three full forward lines from their respective eras.