Flyers at 50: The Last 50 Years

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As the Philadelphia Flyers close their 50th season in the NHL, it is obviously disappointing without a coveted playoff spot. However, we take a look back and celebrate the entire body of work over five decades and have a little fun with some of the faces and names who have made up 50 seasons of everything that is Flyers hockey.

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Flyers at 50: Rick MacLeish Nets His 50th

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In the Flyers 5-4 loss in Pittsburgh, history was made for one particular Philadelphia player. The Flyers fourth goal was the 50th on the season for the late Rick MacLeish, the first Flyer to ever score 50 goals in a season.

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Flyers at 50: Clarke’s 1,000th Point

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Flyers legend Bobby Clarke recorded his 1,000th NHL point, on a third-period goal as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Boston Bruins 5-3 at the Spectrum.

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Flyers at 50: Flyers Acquire ‘Chico’ Resch from Devils

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March 11, 1986 Over their 50-year history, it has been a rare occurrence to have the Philadelphia Flyers and the…

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Flyers at 50: The Fight Club vs. Ottawa

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In this late winter matchup, just four words are needed to describe the powder keg that exploded late in the third period. Flyers. Senators. Fight Club.

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Flyers at 50: Leon Rochefort Reaches 20-Goal Plateau

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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.

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Flyers at 50: Al Hill’s 5-Point Debut

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It’s a wonderful feat for an undrafted rookie to make it to the NHL. It would be icing on the cake if he were to record a point and get on the scoresheet in his first NHL game. Being called up from Springfield of the AHL, Al Hill was about to make is NHL debut and also Flyers history.

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Flyers at 50: The Trade for LeClair and Desjardins

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On Feb. 9, 1995, the Flyers traded winger Mark Recchi and a 1995 third-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Eric Desjardins, along with forwards John LeClair and Gilbert Dionne.

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Flyers at 50: Legion of Doom Strikes for 16 Points

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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.

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Flyers at 50: 1992 All-Star Game

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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.

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Flyers at 50: Darryl Sittler’s 1,000th Point

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January 20, 1983 On this day, future Hall of Famer Darryl Sittler recorded his 1,000th career point in the NHL as member of the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Flyers at 50: Flyer Greats Traded

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To have a little fun and quiz our loyal and knowledgeable fans of the Flyers and Flyerdelphia, these 10 Flyer greats who either played or were honored at the Alumni Game were traded by the Flyers at some point. Match the team they were traded away to. The answers will be posted here after the Flyers-Capitals game later today.

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Flyers at 50: Game 28 of “The Streak”

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In one of the more intense 1-1 games in team history, the Philadelphia Flyers would come back to tie the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Spectrum. The Flyers would salvage the tie and extend their streak of 28 games without a loss. That would tie the existing record, held by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1977-78 season.

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Flyers at 50: Kate Smith and God Bless America

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On this day, the Flyers first used Kate Smith’s “God Bless America” in place of the “Star-Spangled Banner” before games. The new-found tradition proved to be a staple of Flyers history over the years.

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Flyers at 50: Flyers Swap Ragnarsson for McGillis

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In a swap of tough rugged defenseman, the Philadelphia Flyers sent Dan McGillis to the San Jose Sharks for Marcus Ragnarsson.

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Flyers at 50: John LeClair’s 4-Goal Night

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In a dominate performance down in South Philadelphia, John LeClair and the Philadelphia Flyers dismantled the Vancouver Canucks, 6-2. It was quite a game for LeClair, who netted four goals including three in the final frame.

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Flyers at 50: A Team Record for Wins

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With a 5-4 overtime win against the New York Islanders at the Spectrum, The Philadelphia Flyers won their 13th consecutive game — with no ties — a team record.

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Flyers at 50: Murray Craven’s 1st Career Hat Trick

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On this night in 1986, the Flyers would defeat the Red Wings at the Spectrum in a barn burner, 7-5. Murray Craven would shine, recording his first career hat trick as a Flyer against his old club.

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Flyers at 50: The Legend of Robbie Moore

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In the 1978-79 season, the Flyers were left scrambling after the tragic eye injury to Bernie Parent. Robbie Moore made his Flyers’ debut in a call-up from the Maine Mariners (AHL) on March 6, 1979, recording a shutout, stopping all 22 shots in a 5-0 win over the Colorado Rockies.

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Flyers at 50: Tim Kerr’s 1st 4-Goal Game

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This Flyers at 50 looks back at October 25, 1984, when Tim Kerr had his first four-goal game.

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Flyers at 50: Building the Streak Against the Defending Champs

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This edition of Flyers at 50 looks back to one of the memorable tilts of the late 70s between the Flyers and Montreal Canadiens.

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Flyers at 50: 50 Years of Memories

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By Mike Watson, Sports Talk Philly staff writer  As the Flyers organization and the thousands of faithful fans celebrate the…

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This Week in Flyers History: Week ending April 24

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April 17, 2004: Flyers finish off Devils In Game 5 of the first round of the 2003-04 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the…

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This Week in Flyers History: Week ending April 17

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April 11, 1989: Hextall Scores on Capitals in Playoffs He had a goal two years prior in the regular season,…

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