List of Philadelphia Flyers team captains
The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the National Hockey League's (NHL) Eastern Conference. The Flyers were founded in 1967 as one of six expansion teams, increasing the size of the NHL at that time to 12 teams.1
Since the franchise was established, the team has had 19 team captains,2 including Bobby Clarke, who led the Flyers to two Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975. Clarke served the longest single stint, 7 seasons, as Flyers team captain and 9 seasons total while Eric Lindros and Dave Poulin each served 6 seasons as team captain. Claude Giroux is the current team captain and was named to the position on January 15, 2013.2
In the NHL, each team may select a captain. Along with the two alternate captains, they have the "privilege of discussing with the referee any questions relating to interpretation of rules which may arise during the progress of a game".34 Captains are required to wear the letter "C" on their uniform for identification, which is 3 inches (7.6 cm) high.3
|*||Stanley Cup (SC) winner (as Flyers team captain), Flyers Hall of Famer (FHOF) or Hockey Hall of Famer (HHOF)|
|#||Number of team captains|
|Replaced during the season|
|Traded during the season, no replacement named|
|#||Captain||Position||Seasons||Reason for end of captaincy||Notes|
|1||Angotti, LouLou Angotti||Center||1 (1967–68)||Traded to the St. Louis Blues on June 11, 1968.5|
|2||Van Impe, EdEd Van Impe*||Defense||5 (1968–73)||Stepped aside in favor of Clarke in January 1973.6||FHOF 1993|
|3||Clarke, BobbyBobby Clarke*||Center||7 (1973–79)||Became a playing assistant coach prior to the 1979–80 season and could not be team captain due to NHL rules.7||SC 1974
|4||Bridgman, MelMel Bridgman||Center||2 (1979–81)||Head coach Pat Quinn replaced Bridgman with Barber prior to the 1981–82 season.8|
|5||Barber, BillBill Barber*||Left Wing||2 (1981–83)||Clarke, no longer a playing assistant coach, reassumed the captaincy from Barber in January 1983.79||FHOF 1989
|6||Clarke, BobbyBobby Clarke*||Center||2 (1983–84)||Retired to become the team's general manager on May 15, 1984.7||HHOF 1987
|7||Poulin, DaveDave Poulin*||Center||6 (1984–89)||Stripped of captaincy in December 1989.1011||FHOF 2004|
|8||Sutter, RonRon Sutter||Center||2 (1989–91)||Traded to the St. Louis Blues on September 22, 1991.12|
|9||Tocchet, RickRick Tocchet||Right Wing||1 (1991–92)||Traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 19, 1992.13||[A]|
|10||Dineen, KevinKevin Dineen||Right Wing||1 (1993–94)||Stepped aside in favor of Lindros on September 6, 1994.14|
|11||Lindros, EricEric Lindros||Center||6 (1994–2000)||General manager Bob Clarke stripped him of the captaincy on March 27, 2000 after he criticized the team's medical staff.15|
|12||Desjardins, EricEric Desjardins||Defense||3 (2000–01)||Resigned captaincy on October 23, 2001.16|
|13||Primeau, KeithKeith Primeau||Center||4 (2001–06)||Retired due to post-concussion syndrome on September 14, 2006.17|
|14||Hatcher, DerianDerian Hatcher||Defense||1 (2006)||Was captain on an interim basis from January 29, 200618 through September 2006.19||[B]|
|15||Forsberg, PeterPeter Forsberg||Center||1 (2006–07)||Traded to the Nashville Predators on February 15, 2007.20|
|16||Smith, JasonJason Smith||Defense||1 (2007–08)||Signed with the Ottawa Senators on July 8, 2008.21|
|17||Richards, MikeMike Richards||Center||3 (2008–11)||Traded to the Los Angeles Kings on June 23, 2011.22|
|18||Pronger, ChrisChris Pronger||Defense||1 (2011–13)||Stepped aside in favor of Giroux on January 15, 20132 as a result of continuing post-concussion syndrome which has placed his playing career in jeopardy.|
|19||Giroux, ClaudeClaude Giroux||Center||2 (2013–present)|
- A The Flyers did not name a new captain following the Tocchet trade for the remainder of the 1991–92 season and the entire 1992–93 season.
- B Keith Primeau suffered a concussion on October 25, 2005 in a game against the Montreal Canadiens and missed the rest of the season.17 On January 29, 2006, Hatcher was named interim team captain for the duration of Primeau's absence.18 He is officially counted as the 14th captain in franchise history.18
- "Winter Classic Facts to Astound and Amaze". Philadelphia Flyers. 2009-12-25. Retrieved 2011-01-14.
- "Claude Giroux named Captain of the Flyers". Philadelphia Flyers. January 15, 2013. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
- "Rule 6 - Captain and Alternate Captains". NHL.com. NHL Enterprises, L.P. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
- Rossi, Rob (2008-10-02). "The A-B-Cs of the 'C' and 'A'". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2008-02-23.
- Lou Angotti at Hockey-Reference.com, retrieved 2011-05-08
- "Flyers History - Hall of Fame Profile - Ed Van Impe". P. Anson. FlyersHistory.net. Retrieved 2011-05-08.
- "Flyers History - Hall of Fame Profile - Bobby Clarke". P. Anson. FlyersHistory.net. Retrieved 2011-05-08.
- Bill Meltzer (2006-12-13). "Flyers Heroes of the Past: Mel Bridgman". Philadelphia Flyers. Retrieved 2011-05-08.
- Bill Meltzer. "Flyers History - Bill Meltzer's Heroes of the Past - Bill Barber #7". P. Anson. FlyersHistory.net. Retrieved 2011-05-08.
- Bill Meltzer (2006-11-22). "Flyers Heroes of the Past: Dave Poulin". Philadelphia Flyers. Retrieved 2011-05-08.
- Dave Poulin's biography at Legends of Hockey, retrieved 2011-05-08
- Ron Sutter at Hockey-Reference.com, retrieved 2011-05-08
- Rick Tocchet at Hockey-Reference.com, retrieved 2011-05-08
- "SPORTS PEOPLE: PRO HOCKEY; Flyers Name Lindros Their Captain". The New York Times. 1994-09-07. Retrieved 2011-05-08.
- Michael Farber (2000-04-10). "Team Turmoil". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2011-05-08.
- Tim Panaccio (2001-10-24). "Desjardins yields helm as captain of Flyers". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2011-05-08.
- "Keith Primeau Announces His Retirement". Philadelphia Flyers. 2006-09-14. Retrieved 2011-05-08.
- "Derian Hatcher Named Team Captain". Philadelphia Flyers. 2006-01-29. Retrieved 2011-05-08.
- "Hatcher Retires, Joins Front Office". Philadelphia Flyers. 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2011-05-08.
- Peter Forsberg at Hockey-Reference.com, retrieved 2011-05-08
- Jason Smith at Hockey-Reference.com, retrieved 2011-05-08
- Mike Richards at Hockey-Reference.com, retrieved 2011-06-23