Eddie Van Impe taught us to play with courage and to play with the team. Nobody was a better team player. - Bob ClarkeED VAN IMPE
1968-69 to 1972-73
Known as your typical stay-at-home defenseman, Ed Van Impe was everything but typical.
He could be credited with paving the way for all Flyers blueliners with his hard-hitting style and shot-blocking ability. He was often seen clearing the front of the net for Hall of Fame goaltender Bernie Parent in addition to many other goaltenders throughout his Flyers career.
Van Impe is perhaps best known among the Flyers faithful for his timely hit during one of the most memorable moments in team history.
In the first period, Van Impe sent Soviet star Valeri Kharlamov to the ice with a bone-crushing hit that eventually sent the Soviet Red Army team into the dressing room, refusing to come back on the ice.
Van Impe spent parts of nine seasons with the Flyers, amassing 892 penalty minutes in 617 games. He was the 13th member to be inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame, a three-time NHL All-Star and two-time Stanley Cup Champion.
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