JANUARY 6, 1980: Flyers defeat Sabres, 4-2, at Buffalo for 35th consecutive game without a loss – the longest such streak in professional sports history (The streak ends on January 7 as the Flyers lost at Minnesota, 7-1).
MARCH 3, 1980: Flyers honor retired defenseman Joe Watson at the Spectrum.
MARCH 10, 1980: Bobby Clarke and Ed Snider receive Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
APRIL 3, 1980: Reggie Leach’s three goals in a 4-2 victory over Washington give him 50 for the season, making him the first Flyer to reach that plateau in two different years.
MAY 24, 1980: New York Islanders defeat Flyers, 5-4 in overtime, to capture Stanley Cup championship at Long Island.
JUNE, 1980: Pat Quinn receives Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year.
NOVEMBER 2, 1980: Flyers record 500th all-time regular season victory, defeating the Boston Bruins, 4-2, at the Spectrum. At the time, no other expansion team had won as many as 400 games.
MARCH 19, 1981: Bobby Clarke records his 1,000th NHL point, becoming the 15th player in NHL history to reach
that plateau, with a third-period goal in the Flyers’ 5-3 win over the Bruins at the Spectrum.
JANUARY 14, 1982: Flyers play host to 10,000,000th all-time fan in defeating the Edmonton Oilers, 8-2, at the Spectrum.
AUGUST 19, 1982: Flyers obtain Mark Howe and a third round pick in 1983 (Derrick Smith) from Hartford in exchange for Ken Linseman, Greg Adams and the Flyers’ first and third round picks in 1982.
OCTOBER 23, 1982: Bobby Clarke plays in his 1,000th NHL game, a 4-2 loss to the Penguins at Pittsburgh.
JANUARY 20, 1983: Flyers record their 600th all-time regular season victory, 5-2, over the Calgary Flames at the Spectrum.
APRIL 14, 1983: Jay Snider is named team president and becomes the youngest person to hold such a position in the history of professional sports (at age 26).
JUNE 7, 1983: Bobby Clarke receives Frank J. Selke Trophy as NHL’s top defensive forward.
OCTOBER 9, 1983: Bill Barber records his 400th NHL goal, becoming the 19th player in NHL history to reach that plateau, in the Flyers’ 7-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Spectrum.
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MARCH 22, 1984: Flyers set club record with 13 goals in one game in 13-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Spectrum.
APRIL 7, 1984: Bobby Clarke plays in his last NHL game (playoff contest) vs. the Washington Capitals.
MAY 15, 1984: Bobby Clarke announces his retirement from hockey, and is named Vice President and General Manager of the Flyers.
MAY 24, 1984: Mike Keenan named head coach of the Flyers.
SEPTEMBER 25, 1984: Bernie Parent inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame, becoming first member of Flyers organization to be so honored.
OCTOBER 18, 1984: Flyers tie club record with 13 goals in one game in 13-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at the Spectrum.
NOVEMBER 15, 1984: Flyers honor retiring center Bobby Clarke at the Spectrum. Clarke finished his 15-year NHL career as the Flyers’ all-time leading scorer with 358 goals and 852 assists for 1210 points in 1144 games. Jersey No. 16 retired. Kate Smith’s recording of “God Bless America” is played prior to the game as the Flyers defeat the Hartford Whalers, improving their record to 55-9-2 in games which her version of “God Bless America” has been played. WATCH ON FLYERS-TV
FEBRUARY 24, 1985: Flyers record 700th all-time regular season win, a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames at the Spectrum.
MARCH 5, 1985: Dave Poulin’s overtime goal gives the Flyers a 5-4 win over the NY Islanders and starts an 11-game winning streak as part of the Flyers’ 16-1-0 stretch run.
MARCH 16, 1985: Ron Sutter records the 5,000th all-time goal in Flyers history in the first period of the Flyers’ 6-1 victory over the Maple Leafs at Toronto.
APRIL 4, 1985: Goaltender Pelle Lindbergh is named the first recipient of the Bobby Clarke Trophy as the Flyers’ MVP.
APRIL 13, 1985: Tim Kerr sets NHL playoff marks of most goals in one period (4) and fastest four goals by one player (8:16) in second period of Flyers’ 6-5 Division Semifinal victory over the Rangers in New York.
MAY 16, 1985: Dave Poulin scores while Flyers are two men short to boost Philadelphia to a 3-0 victory over Quebec, clinching Wales Conference Championship series in six games. It is the Flyers’ fifth conference title in the eleven years the NHL has been structured by conferences.
MAY 30, 1985: Edmonton Oilers defeat Flyers, 8-3, in Game 5 of the Final series to capture their second consecutive Stanley Cup Championship.
JUNE 12, 1985: Pelle Lindbergh wins Vezina Trophy as top goaltender in NHL and Mike Keenan garners Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year.
AUGUST 22, 1985: Bill Barber announces his retirement after 12 NHL seasons, all as a Flyer.
NOVEMBER 14, 1985: Flyers honor the memory of Pelle Lindbergh who was fatally injured in an automobile accident on November 10, 1985.
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NOVEMBER 17, 1985: Flyers win club record 13th consecutive game, 5-4, over the Islanders at the Spectrum on an overtime goal by Murray Craven. The 13 consecutive wins match the fourth-longest streak in NHL history.
MARCH 6, 1986: Flyers honor retiring left wing Bill Barber at the Spectrum. Barber retires as the Flyers’ all-time leading goal scorer, and second-leading point scorer with 420 goals and 463 assists for 883 points in 903 games.
APRIL 6, 1986: Tim Kerr sets a new NHL record with his 34th power play goal of the season, as the Flyers beat the Capitals, 5-3.
APRIL 6, 1986: Flyers defeat Washington Capitals, 5-3, to win division title for third time in four seasons and ninth time in the club’s 19-year history. The win also enables the Flyers to tie the club record of 53 wins in a season, set in 1984-85.
MAY 21, 1986: Bob Froese and Darren Jensen share Jennings Trophy as the goaltenders for the team with the lowest goals- against average during the regular season, and Mark Howe receives the Emery Edge Award as the player with the top plus/minus rating in the NHL.
OCTOBER 9, 1986: Rookie goaltender Ron Hextall makes his NHL debut vs. the Edmonton Oilers, winning 2-1.
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JANUARY 15, 1987: The Flyers defeat the Montreal Canadiens, 6-3, at the Spectrum to record the 800th victory in franchise history.
JANUARY 21, 1987: Mark Howe records his 1,000th point as a professional hockey player.
MARCH 16, 1987: The Flyers clinch their third consecutive Patrick Division Championship. It is the Flyers’ eighth division title in the 13 years since the four division alignment was established.
MARCH 17, 1987: Tim Kerr records a Flyers-record fourth consecutive 50-goal season.
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MAY 14, 1987: The Flyers defeat the Montreal Canadiens, 4-3, at the Forum to capture their second Prince of Wales Conference Championship in three years.
MAY 28, 1987: J.J Daigneault scores at 14:28 of the third period to give the Flyers a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. All three of the Flyers victories in the round have come after the Oilers have taken a 2-0 lead in each game. Brian Propp’s crucial third-period power play goal gives him 28 points for the playoff year, a new Flyers record. WATCH ON FLYERS-TV
MAY 31, 1987: The Edmonton Oilers defeat the Flyers, 3-1, in Game 7 of the Finals to win the Stanley Cup. It is the first Final-series seventh game since 1971. Ron Hextall is awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Hextall also establishes a new NHL record for minutes played in a playoff year with 1540. Pelle Eklund’s first period assist gave him 20 on the playoff year, a new Flyers record.
JUNE 10, 1987: Ron Hextall wins the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goaltender and is named an NHL First Team All-Star and to the NHL All-Rookie Team. Dave Poulin is awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward, and Mark Howe is named an NHL First-Team All-Star.
JUNE 15, 1987: Bobby Clarke is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
OCTOBER 8, 1987: The Kate Smith statue is dedicated outside the Spectrum.
DECEMBER 8, 1987: Ron Hextall becomes the first NHL goalie to score a goal by shooting the puck into the opposing net as the Flyers defeat Boston, 5-2, at the Spectrum. WATCH ON FLYERS-TV
FEBRUARY 8, 1988: Keith Allen is awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy.
MARCH 22, 1988: Bob Clarke and Bernie Parent are made charter inductees of the Flyers’ Hall of Fame.
APRIL 10, 1988: Murray Craven’s OT goal caps a dramatic 5-4 Flyers victory over the Capitals in Game 4 of the Patrick Division Semifinals. The Flyers overcame a 4-1 deficit with under ten minutes to play in the third period. WATCH ON FLYERS-TV
JUNE 1, 1988: Paul Holmgren becomes the first former Flyer to be named the team’s head coach.
SEPTEMBER 7, 1988: Ed Snider is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
NOVEMBER 24, 1989: The Flyers defeat the Edmonton Oilers, 5-1, at the Spectrum to record the 900th win in franchise history.
MARCH 16, 1989: Bill Barber, Keith Allen and Ed Snider are inducted into the Flyers’ Hall of Fame.
APRIL 2, 1989: Rick Tocchet records his 45th goal of the season, becoming one of only eight Flyers to join the 40-goal club.
APRIL 11, 1989: Ron Hextall scores his second career goal and becomes the first goalie to record a playoff goal, as the Flyers defeat Washington, 8-5, at the Capital Centre.
APRIL 29, 1989: Ken Wregget, starting in place of the injured Ron Hextall, leads the Flyers to a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Patrick Division Finals. It is the Flyers’ tenth trip to the Semifinals in 17 years.
JUNE 16, 1989: Tim Kerr is awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.