TODAY IN FLYERS HISTORY: JANUARY 15
1976: The Flyers continue their Spectrum dominance over the woeful Pittsburgh Penguins with a 4-1 win. Reggie Leach tallies his 30th goal of the season, while Bobby Clarke racks up three assists. Bill Barber (23rd goal), Rick MacLeish (20th goal) and Ross Lonsberry (11th goal) also score.
1980: The Flyers capture a 7-4 home win over the Washington Capitals despite trailing by scores of 1-0 in the first period and 2-1 in the second. Reggie Leach notches his 28th and 29th goals of the 1979-80 season. Ken "the Rat" Linseman and Bob "the Count" Dailey chip in one goal and one assist apiece, while Bill Barber (24th goal of the season), Behn Wilson and John Paddock also score.
1987: In a preview of an epic Stanley Cup Semifinal later in the year, the Flyers win an emotional 6-3 game with the Montreal Canadiens. Ron Hextall (23 saves) lights an early fuse by slashing a Montreal player near the net. Later, there are fights involving Shayne Corson against Don Nachbaur and Dave Maley against Rick Tocchet. In the third period, the hated Claude Lemieux charges Flyers defenseman Kjell Samuelsson, who responds with a high stick under Lemieux's chin. In the meantime, Pelle Eklund racks up a three-point game (one goal, two assists) to lead the Flyers back from an early 2-0 deficit.Tim Kerr's power play goal (35th goal of the season) ties the score at 2-2. After Montreal re-takes the lead at 3-2, Flyers' right winger Brian Dobbin's first goal in the NHL re-ties the game. The Flyers take over in the third period as Tocchet, Derrick Smith and Peter Zezel score even strength goals on Patrick Roy (17 saves on 23 shots). Tocchet's assist on Zezel's goal gives him a Gordie Howe Hat Trick on the night.
1991: The Flyers pull out a 5-4 home win over the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Philly holds a 4-0 lead after the first period, and then sees the lead steadily dwindle down to one goal before rookie center Mike Ricci's power play goal temporarily restores a two-goal margin. Pittsburgh gets back within a goal in the third period and puts on a late charge but cannot find an equalizer. Flyers winger Rick Tocchet tallies his 29th and 30th goals of the season, while Dale Kushner and Kjell Samuelsson chip in one goal apiece.
1996: The struggling Dallas Stars come to Philadelphia and run into a buzzsaw as Philly compiles a 6-1 win. All three members of the Legion of Doom score, as Eric Lindros (three-point night) scores his 27th goal of the season, John LeClair notches his 25th on a power play goal, and Mikael Renberg (two points) tallies his 24th. Other Philadelphia goal-scorers are Rod Brind'Amour (12th of the season) and Kjell Samuelsson (2nd). Ex-Flyer Brent Fedyk tallies the lone Dallas goal.
2002: Jeremy Roenick enjoys a four-point game, opening the scoring in the first period with his 14th goal of the season and later assisting on goals by Simon Gagne (19th of the season) and defenseman Kim Johnsson (eighth of the season) in a 4-1 road win over the Ottawa Senators. Justin Williams also scores for the Flyers, while Roman Cechmanek stops 36 of 37 shots.
FLYERS ALUMNI BIRTHDAYS: BURT, HOLT AND HUBER
No-frills defensive defenseman Adam Burt was born Jan. 15, 1969 in Detroit. After spending most of his NHL career with the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes organization, he was acquired by the Flyers from Carolina in a one-for-one trade for Andrei "the Tank" Kovalenko on March 6, 1999. Burt spent the remainder of the 1998-99 season and the entire 1999-2000 season with the Flyers. He averaged better than a blocked-shot and a hit per game while playing third-pairing minutes for Roger Neilson and Craig Ramsay.
Better known for his fights against the Flyers than his brief latter career stint in orange and black, rugged defenseman Randy Holt was born in Pembroke, Ontario on Jan. 15, 1953. Signed by the Flyers as a free agent on Aug. 30, 1983, Holt dressed in 26 games for Bob McCammon's 1983-84 team, compiling 74 penalty minutes, zero points and a minus-one rating.
The late German-born offensive defenseman Willie Huber was born in Strasskirchen on Jan. 15, 1958 but raised in Canada. Huber was a seasoned NHL pro of 645 regular season games and three other teams -- most notably the Detroit Red Wings -- by the time the Flyers acquired him.
With the Flyers riddled with injuries and otherwise depleted blueline depth during the 1987-88 season, the Flyers acquired Huber from the Vancouver Canucks on March 1, 1988, in exchange for left winger Paul Lawless and the return of Vancouver's previously acquired 1989 fifth-round pick (later traded to Edmonton and used on the selection of future Flyers/Phantoms center Peter White).
Huber had a productive stretch run for Mike Keenan's team, posting four goals and 13 points in 10 games. He dressed in five playoff games, posting a minus-three rating and zero points. Huber was scratched in the fifth and seventh games of the Flyers' first-round loss to the Washington Capitals.
A free agent in the summer of 1988, Huber could not come to contract terms with the Flyers and sat out the entire 1988-89 season. He then elected to retire at age 31. Huber settled in Hamilton, Ontario after his playing day, working in facility operations. On June 29, 2010, he suffered a fatal heart attack and passed away at age 58. Huber was survived by wife, Dawn, and step-daughter Brittany.