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Brian Propp

Induction into Flyer Hall Of Fame - March 1999

Brian Propp's 80-81 Rookie Card

Brian's Propp quiet consistency was a mainstay on the Flyers for the 1980's. He was a part of each of the 3 Stanley Cup finalists during the decade. He was a complete hockey player whose 369 goals rank second on the Flyer's alltime list.
Propp in his junior days with
the Brandon Wheat Kings
Propp's junior days as a Brandon Wheat King were prolific. In 3 seasons he had 219 goals and 511 points> These ranked as alltime marks when he left (which were later beaten by Rob Brown). In his first year as a junior he lead the WHL in playoff goals. In the second year he lead in assists and scoring. In the third year he lead in goals, assists and points. During that last year he had 94 goals and 100 assists. His line, with Laurie Boschman and former Flyer Ray Allison, had an incredible 200 goals. He was recently named , along with Bobby Clarke, on the alltime WHL team. You'd think with marks like these, he's be one of the first draft picks. But some scouts felt Brian was one dimensional. The Flyers couldn't believe their luck when Propp was still available when they picked Brian 14th overall in 1979. Brian would prove he was far from a one dimensional player.
In Brian's first regular season game on October 11th 1979 , he would score the game winner in a 5-2 victory over the Islanders. Game winning goals would become Brian's specialty - leading the league a few seasons and becoming the Flyers all time leader in game winning career goals with 55. He would play his first few seasons on a line with Ken Linseman and Paul Holmgren. The Flyers would end up with a 35 game unbeaten streak that first year, thanks in part to the excellent play of their rookie left winger. Brian set then-records for goals, assists and points for a Flyer rookie, and would be the NHL rookie scoring leader. When it would come time for announcing the Calder winner, a Boston defenseman by the name of Ray Bourque would be the winner. The Flyers had another rookie that year, goalie Pete Peeters, that would actually end up higher in the Calder voting than Propp, splitting the Flyer vote.
Propp as a rookie
Propp was the model of consistancy
The next year Propp developed other areas of the game, doubling his penalty minutes and showing he wasn't afraid of the corners. But he still was producing offensively, a 14 game point scoring streak. The following year, in 1981-82 Propp was placed on the "Hi Speed Line" with former junior linemate Ray Allison and Ron Flockhart, scoring his 100th career goal against Calgary. The next couple of seasons saw early playoff exits and Propp took some of the blame. When the Flyers reached the finals in 1984-85 Brian slumped badly in the finals and more questions about Brian's playoff performances were heard. But Propp consistently put up impressive numbers, getting about 40 goals and 50 assists year after year. In 1985-86, Propp was 2nd in fan voting for the all-star game, with Michel Goulet beating Propp by under 1500 votes. In that all-star game Propp scored 2 goals.
1986-87 would however prove to be Propp's career year. Brian started off with 41 points in his first 27 games. He tied a team record with 4 goals against St.Louis on December 2nd, 1986. But then he required surgery on his left knee which forced him to miss 27 games. But this year when the playoffs started all whispers of Propp's past playoff failures would go away. Propp would end up with 28 playoff points, more than any other Flyer ever had, or has had since. In game 5 of the finals, Brian tied a team record with 4 assists. In game 6 he would score the game tying goal against the heavily favoured Edmonton Oilers. The Flyers won that game but unfortunately lost game 7 in Edmonton. With his outstanding work, Brian was named later that year to Team Canada for the Canada Cup tournament. Because of the few early playoff exists earlier in the decade, Brian played for Canada in several world championships. But for the Canada Cup tournament all the best players in the world would play and Brian showed he belonged. In the deciding game against the Russians with Canada down by a goal Propp would score a goal that tied the game. A few minutes Mario Lemieux would score the famous goal that would win it for Canada.
Brian's playoffs would help the Flyers
to get within 1 game of the Stanley Cup
Propp as a North Star
On March 2nd, 1990 the Flyers would send Brian to the Bruins for a 2nd round choice. He would help the Bruins make it to the finals. In the mean time Bobby Clarke would be fired by the Flyers and signed on as GM of the Minnesota North Stars. Clarke signed on Propp and he once again helped his make the finals. That would make 5 Stanley Cup finals for Brian, with all of them falling short. Even though Propp wouldn't play for the Flyers again, there would be two Flyer memories left. On October 24th 1991 he would score his 400th career goal in a game against the Flyers and then on March 19th, 1994 he would get his 1000th career with a goal in a 5-3 Hartford win against his old team as a member of the Hartford Whalers, ending up with 1004 in his career.


Brent Sutter celebrates Brian Propp's
goal that tied Russians in the Canada Cup


Regular Season
Year
GP G A Pts PIM +/- PP SH GW GT Sht Sh%
1979-80 80344175 54454 03120916.27
1980-81 79264066 110276 05319413.4
1981-82 80444791 1171913 06229015.17
1982-83 80404282 723513 112025016
1983-84 79395392 374911 14230112.96
1984-85 76435497 434612 74025816.67
1985-86 72405797 472411 25031712.62
1986-87 53313667 45398 55020814.9
1987-88 74274976 7687 26025710.51
1988-89 77324678 371613 25124513.06
1989-90 40131528 3135 00010812.04
TOTAL 790369480849 669311103 20559263713.99

Playoffs
Year
GP G A Pts PIM +/- PP SH GW OT Sht Sh%
1980P 1951015 298 000
1981P 126612 320 000
1982P 4224 40 010
1983P 3123 8-41 000
1984P 3011 6-40 00060.00
1985P 1981018 624 1206212.90
1986P 5022 4-20 000120.00
1987P 26121628 10115 13010411.54
1988P 7426 820 0003112.90
1989P 1814923 1485 1105226.92
TOTAL 1165260112 1211323 37026719.48



Seasons In All Star Game

Season 1979-80 1981-82 1983-84 1985-86 1989-90



Hattricks

Date # Score Goalies
22-Apr-811(po,n) Calgary Flames 4 - FLYERS 9P.Riggin
28-Dec-812 FLYERS 7 - Calgary Flames 4P.Riggin
18-Oct-843 Vancouver Canucks 2 - FLYERS 13R.Brodeur(2), J.Garrett(l)
13-Jan-854 Calgary Flames 1 - FLYERS 7D.Edwards
5-Mar-855 FLYERS 5 - New York Islanders 4K.Hrudey
21-Apr-856(po,n) New York Islanders 2 - FLYERS 5B.Smith
6-Apr-867 Washington Capitals 3 - FLYERS 5P.Peeters
2-Dec-868(4) St.Louis Blues 1 - FLYERS 7G.Millen
5-Apr-879 New York Islanders 9 - FLYERS 5B.Smith
13-Oct-8810 FLYERS 7 - Minnesota North Stars 6J.Myllys

Penalty Shots

Date Shooter Opponent Goalie Goal?
4-Jan-83Brian Proppvs Vancouver CanucksKen EllacottYes
19-Dec-85Brian Proppvs New Jersey DevilsGlenn ReschNo

Seasons Leading Flyers In Assists

Season Amount
1983-8453
1984-8554
1987-8849

Seasons Leading Flyers In Points

Season Amount
1985-8697
1987-8876






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