The Top 5 Flyers of All-Time and Their Accomplishments With The Organization

October 17, 2022  (1:56)

Let's look back at some of the best players from each decade starting with the 70s.

Bobby Clarke-1970s

Arguably the most decorated Flyer of all time. Bobby Clarke was the captain of the championship team where they had won back-to-back Stanley Cups. Clarke had three 100-point seasons, twice leading the league in assists, and was selected to play in nine NHL All-Star Games. He also won the Frank J. Selke Trophy in 1983, as the league's best defensive forward.
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Upon retiring at the end of the 1983–84 season with 358 goals and 852 assists for a total of 1,210 points in 1,144 career games, he immediately became general manager of the Flyers. He spent 19 of the following 23 seasons as a general manager of the Flyers, also briefly serving as general manager of the Minnesota North Stars and Florida Panthers and reached the Stanley Cup Finals three times with the Flyers and once with Minnesota.
Bobby Clarke well could be the Greatest Flyer of All-time.
Dave Poulin-1980s

It's never an easy replacing one of the greatest of all-time. Thats exactly what Dave Poulin had done when he took the "C" from Bobby Clarke due to retirement. In the 1982-1983 season, Poulin made his NHL debut where he scored two goals. Playing on the line with Brian Propp and Tim Kerr, the line became very dangerous. Poulin held the record for most points by a rookie with 76, showing he was going to be an incredible player.
Poulin continued to be a strong presence offensively and defensively during his eight-year stay in Philadelphia and overcame debilitating injuries at key times to help the club win. For his efforts during the regular season, he was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy in 1986–87 and was named to the 1986 and 1988 NHL All-Star Games.[1] Poulin also played at the Rendez-vous '87 event where he recorded the winner late in the third period of Game 1.
Eric Lindros-1990s

Since acquiring Eric Lindros and essentially giving up a ton of talent, the Flyers may or may not have made the right looking back. That being said, in the 1990s, Eric Lindros was everything you could ever want in a player, and he showed that.
From the start of the 1992-93 season to the conclusion of the 1999-2000 campaign, The Big E produced 290 goals, 369 assists and 659 points in an injury-riddled 486 games. During that time, Lindros produced 30 or more goals six times and managed 70 or more points seven times. What's more, he played with a physical edge using his massive 6'4", 240-pound frame to produce 946 penalty minutes in a Flyers sweater.
A five-time All-Star during the 1990s, Lindros captured the Bobby Clarke Trophy as Flyers MVP four times and the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP in 1995.
Injuries had crushed his career here and the controversial relationship with Lindros, his father and then general manager Bob Clarke. He is still one of the top Flyers of all time.
Simon Gagne-2000s

Simon Gagne was a regular in Philadelphia's lineup less than two years after he was plucked with the 22nd overall selection in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
Gagne amassed 239 goals, 237 assists and 476 points in 584 games with the Flyers from the start of the 2000-01 season to the conclusion of the 2009-10 campaign. The native of Sainte-Foy, Quebec paced the Flyers in scoring in back-to-back seasons in 2005-06 and 2006-07 and recorded back-to-back 40-goal campaigns in the process. Scoring huge goals like the game winner against Boston in Game 7 when facing elimination and the OT game winner in 2004 to force a game 7 against the Lightning. Gagne was clutch.
Claude Giroux-2010s

Probably the most underrated and underappreciated Flyers to put on the sweater. Claude Giroux served as the longest tenured captain in Flyer's history.
Having a ton of records on the team and showing that he is one of the best in the world and all-time in Flyer's franchise. A lack of talent around his had hurt his career and essentially put more pressure on him to do more.
On March 17, 2022, Giroux played in his 1000th NHL game, a 5–4 home victory over the Nashville Predators. Mere days before the trade deadline, it was widely assumed that this would be his final game with the team. He was presented with a silver stick at a pre-game ceremony by Bobby Clarke and named the first star of the game despite not registering a point. He became the 40th NHL player to play 1000 games with a single team, and only the second Flyer, after Clarke.