Top Players in Flyers’ History: No. 4 Brian Propp


Brian Propp is another one of those rare instances where the Flyers took home-grown talent and made it into a star player.  Propp was the 14th overall pick in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft after scoring 168 points in 57 games in Juniors.

He was put on a line next to Reggie Leach and Bobby Clarke, and he immediately showed results.  He also played next to Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux in the 1987 Canada Cup, so it is obvious the Brian Propp is a player who could truly play the game.

Propp scored at least 65 points in each of his first ten seasons in the NHL, and in that eleventh year, he was traded out of the Flyers’ organization.

Here is a list of awards and honors bestowed upon Brian Propp in his NHL career.

Named to the SJHL All-Star Team (1976)

Named as SJHL Rookie of the Year (1976)

Named as SJHL Most Valuable Player (1976)

Named to the WCJHL All-Star Team (1977)

Named to the WCJHL All-Star Team (1978)

Named to the WHL All-Star Team (1979)

Played in NHL All-Star Game (1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1990)

Here are some hockey records that Brian Propp holds for his career.

Most goals by a left wing in the WHL, single season (94 in 1978–79)

Most assists by a left wing in the WHL, single season (112 in 1977–78)

Most points by a left wing in the WHL, single season (194 in 1978–79)

Most game-winning goals in WHL, single season (16 in 1978–79)

Philadelphia Flyers team record for most short handed goals (7)

Philadelphia Flyers team record for most points in a playoff year (28 in 1987)

Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars team record for most power-play goals in a playoff year (8 in 1991)

Most points by a left wing in the NHL playoffs (64 goals, 84 assists for 148 points)

In his career, Propp played 1016 games, and scored 425 goals, 579 assists, and 1004 points.  His nickname is “Guffaw”, and is known as that through Flyers’ history.  He now does color commentary for 610 AM WIP for Flyers’ games.

He is an unbelievable player, and has earned this spot as fourth best player in Flyers’ history.

This is the seventh part of a ten part series.  Stay tuned for the rest of the series!

Alan Bass is a writer for The Hockey News and THN.com. In addition to writing for Inside Hockey and Pro Hockey News , he has also worked for the Philadelphia Flyers. He is the General Manager of the Muhlenberg College hockey team as well. You can contact him at BergHockey24@gmail.com.

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