By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers franchise is heading into its 51st season! With almost 600 players to dawn the orange and black, there have been players that represent the decades of Flyers history. In this spinoff series of top 5, I’ll rank the top Flyers of each decade.
This week, the 1960’s
Number 5- Gary Dornhoefer
Acquired by the Flyers during the 1967 expansion draft, he represented the Flyers for the next 11 seasons. He was second on the team in scoring during 1968, and while he wouldn’t hit his peak until the early 70’s, Dornhoefer was a key part in the early days of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Number 4- Andre Lecroix
Spending three seasons with the Flyers from 1968-1971 he became an immediate force in the scoring column. Leading the Flyers in scoring in 1969 (and 1970, but that doesn’t count this week) which is impressive given his penalty killing specialty early in his career before turning into a great playmaker.
Number 3- Joe Watson
As part of the inaugural Flyers season, Watson played for the orange and black for the next 11 seasons. Not known for his scoring, Watson took a big role as a defensive defenseman for the Flyers. Watson did, however, manage to score five goals during the 1967-68 season, a number he wouldn’t hit again until the 1974-75 season.
Number 2- Lou Angotti
While only playing one season in Philly, (1967-68) Angotti played an important role for the Flyers during their debut season. Being named the teams’ first-ever captain before the season, Angotti would go on to have the best season of his career. He posted a team-leading 49 points during the season in route to help the Flyers win the west division and a trip to the playoffs.
Number 1- Ed Van Impe
Serving as the second captain in Flyers history from 1968 to 1971, he was also one of the base players that the Broad Street Bullies were founded on. Van Impe’s best statistical season came in 1968-69 season when he recorded 19 points. Van Impe was best known for his hitting and physical play making him one of the best defensive defenseman in his era.
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