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Philadelphia Flyers Scoring Records

The Philadelphia Flyers are undoubtedly the most successful expansion franchise of the six that began play in the National Hockey League in 1967-68. The holders of the Flyers records for most goals, assists and points in a season are some of the best players the NHL has seen over the past forty years.

When the Philadelphia Flyers joined the National Hockey League in 1967-68, along with five other teams, it was the St. Louis Blues that were the first of the expansion teams to enjoy playoff success. The Blues went to the Stanley Cup finals in their first three years of existence. However, it was the Flyers that were first to win the Cup in 1973-74. The records for most goals and most assists still stand from those early Broad Street Bullies days. The record for most points was broken nearly two decades later.

philadelphia flyers bobby clarke reggie leachIf the Rocket Richard Trophy existed in 1975-76, Reggie Leach would have been the recipient. Leach scored 61 goals to lead the NHL and set a Flyers record that still is the mark to beat today. Leach’s total is the 30th highest single season mark in the history of the National Hockey League. Reggie added 19 more goals in the playoffs as Philadelphia made it to the Stanley Cup finals before being swept by the Montreal Canadiens. His 19 goals stand as an NHL playoff record. Named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the playoffs MVP, Leach is one of only five players in the history of the league to win the Trophy while playing on the losing team.

Reggie Leach was drafted third overall by the Boston Bruins at the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft. Over a career that spanned from 1970-71 to 1982-83, Leach played 934 regular season games with Boston, the California Golden Seals, Philadelphia and the Detroit Red Wings. Reggie reached the 50 goal plateau just one other time over his career.

Bobby Clarke was the leader of the Broad Street Bullies during the 1970’s. In both 1974-75 and 1975-76, he assisted on 89 goals, a team record. In both seasons, Clarke led the NHL in assists, although he was tied with Bobby Orr in 1974-75. In both seasons, Bobby was named the Hart Trophy recipient as the NHL’s most valuable player, the second and third of his career.

Clarke played 1,144 regular season games over an NHL career that began in 1969-70 and ended after the 1983-84 season. His 852 career assists rank him 24th all-time. His 89 assists are the 31st highest single season total in the history of the league. In 1975, Bobby was named the Lou Marsh Trophy winner as Canada’s top athlete. Clarke is one of just eight NHL players to win the Lou Marsh.

In 1992-93, Mark Recchi finished 10th in the NHL in total points with 123. However, this number still stands as a Flyers record. Recchi was the only shining light of the Flyers team that season as they finished out of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Recchi was a fourth round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. He played 1,652 regular season games between 1988-89 and 2010-11 with Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes, Atlanta Thrashers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins. His 577 goals rank him 19th all-time in the NHL, his 956 assist place him 13th and his 1,533 points position him in 12th place.

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