Friday, Flyers alumni players from every decade of Flyers hockey will play in the Alumni game at Santander Arena. Players set to play in the game include Danny Briere, Kimmo Timonen, Bob Clarke, Ray Allison, Bill Clement, Paul Holmgren, and more to be announced closer to the game. The popularity of the NHL’s new 3 on 3 overtime format followed into the All-Star game with a good amount of success. That got us thinking about an all Flyers alumni 3 on 3 team.
The lines are organized with grouping players from the same era together, each created after much internal debate and number crunching. Who makes the team, and who is left off the squad? Let’s get to it.
Line 1: Bobby Clarke, Reggie Leach, and Tom Blandon,
No Flyers list is complete without Bobby Clarke. The heart and soul of the franchise’s best teams, one of the league’s fiercest players, and an all world talent too boot. The franchise all-time leader in points and assists, five players couldn’t stop Clarke from his goal, three would fair much worse. On his wing, Reggie “The Rifle” Leach. The owner of the Flyer’s single-season goals record, as well as the record for goals in a playoff run, Leach was a classic sniper with a knack for clutch goals. Tom Blandon makes the cut thanks to a booming slapshot and quiet production. During his tenure with the squad he only had one season of fewer than 30 points, 1974-75 in which he had 29.
Line 2: Pelle Eklund, Tim Kerr, and Mark Howe
Tim Kerr wins this round of Kerr or Propp contest. While Propp outscored Kerr, he only had 6 more goals, while playing almost 200 more games. Kerr hit the 50 goal mark 4 times in his career and even impressed Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier with his ability to dominate the front of the net. He’d be primed to pot rebounds or easy set ups from Pelle Eklund. The slick Swede made a name for himself with his playmaking abilities. Driving the offense would be Mark Howe. The son of Gordie Howe is a Hall of Famer in his own right and was the lynchpin in the Flyers runs at the Stanley Cup in the 80’s. Easily the best defenseman in Flyer history, he’d be a natural fit for the 3 on 3 team.
Line 3: Eric Lindros, Rod Brind’Amour, and Eric Desjardins
Eric Lindros was a bull in a china closet. His skating ability for a 6’4 230 pound forward was unmatched. A pure power forward the Hart Trophy winner was the biggest and toughest member of the famed Legion of Dome line. His very presence on the ice struck fear into opponents, and his skill rivaled that of Mario Lemieux. Paired with fitness freak Rod Brind’Amour, this strong and quick moving line would reek havoc on a rival line. With the smooth skating rover Desjardins patrolling the blue line would create chances to convert on almost every possession.
Goalies: Ron Hextall, Bernie Parent
As they used to say in Philly, “Only God saves more than Bernie.” However on this team, the one-time savior is backing up Ron Hextall. His abilities for clutch goaltending aside, Hexy had 26 career assists. His ability to move the puck would be valuable in the transition game.
Did your favorite player not make the team? Don’t like the pairings? Fire off a salvo with your choices in the comments section.