This Date in Flyers History: December 18

Tuesday, 12.18.2012 / 10:25 AM
This Date in Flyers History

On this date in 1995, The Flyers acquired an expansion franchise in the American Hockey League to commence operations with the start of the 1996-97 season. The Philadelphia Phantoms replaced the Hershey Bears as the Flyers’ top minor league affiliate.

The Phantoms have won two Calder Cup titles (1998, 2005) during their tenure in Philadelphia.

After the closing and demolition of The Spectrum, the franchise was sold in early 2009. The club has since moved to Glens Falls, New York and was renamed the Adirondack Phantoms. Beginning in the 2013-14 season, the team will be based in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

On this date in 2001, Flyers right wing Mark Recchi scored a goal in the Flyers’ 6-3 win against the St. Louis Blues at the First Union Center. The goal was his 400th career NHL goal. He became the 65th player in NHL history to reach the Milestone.

Recchi played for the Flyers for 10 seasons in total, from 1991-95 and again in 1998-04. In his first stint with the team, he played for Philadelphia as part of the "Crazy Eights" line with Eric Lindros and Brent Fedyk. This included a 53-goal, 70-assist, 123-point season in 1992–93, which is still the Flyers single-season point scoring record.

ALSO ON THIS DATE:

- The Flyers own an all-time record of ...

- In 1986: The team sent Bob Froese to NY Rangers for Kjell Samuelsson and a 2nd Round pick in 1989 (Patrik Juhlin)

- Born on 'This Date' are Flyers Alumni: Bob Corkum (1995-96), Neil Little (1996-04), and Mike Siklenka (2002-03)

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