Top Players in Flyers’ History: No. 3 Bill Barber
April 9, 2010 Leave a comment
At this point in this top ten series, you have to expect there to be some Hockey Hall of Famers. So I will guarantee you that these last three players are all in both the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Flyers’ Hall of Fame.
Bill Barber was another piece of homegrown talent that the Flyers were able to turn into a superstar. He was drafted seventh overall in the 1972 NHL Entry Draft, and was sent to the AHL. He spent eleven games there, and then was called up to the NHL by coach Fred Shero.
He never scored less than twenty goals in any NHL season. His best season came in the 1975-1976 season, when he scored 50 goals and 62 assists for 112 points.
Bill Barber was the captain of the Flyers for a short time in the 1981-82 season and part of the 1982-83 season. He still holds the Flyers’ career scoring record with 420 career goals with the team.
He was forced to retire in 1985 after being unable to rehabilitate from knee surgery. His number seven was retired by the Flyers’ in 1990, and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990.
He became the coach of the Philadelphia Phantoms, and eventually coached the Flyers for three years, winning the Jack Adams Trophy as coach of the year in 2001.
He eventually moved to Tampa Bay, where he was named the Director of Player Personnel, where he won another Stanley Cup in 2004.
However, he is and always will be known as a Flyer, and was one of the best of all time. He had 420 goals, 463 assists, and 883 points in 903 games in the NHL. He spent his entire career with just the Flyers, and is one of the most well-known people in the organization. His ability to play the game and his ability to be a physical presence on the ice as well is what contributes to Bill Barber being the third best player in Philadelphia Flyers’ history.
This is the eighth 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 atBergHockey24@gmail.com.