Bill Barber

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Bill Barber
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1990
Bill Barber 2012.jpg
Barber in 2013
Born (1952-07-11) July 11, 1952 (age 67)
Callander, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Philadelphia Flyers
National teamFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
NHL Draft 7th overall, 1972
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 19721984

William Charles Barber (born July 11, 1952) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey forward who played twelve seasons for the Philadelphia Flyers in the National Hockey League (NHL). As part of the famed LCB (Leach, Clarke, Barber) line, Barber helped lead the Flyers to the franchise's two Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990. He is currently a scouting consultant with the Flyers. [1]


Playing career

Barber after the 2017 Alumni game on January 14, 2017 Bill Barber after his last ever game Jan 14, 2017.jpg
Barber after the 2017 Alumni game on January 14, 2017

Barber was drafted by the Flyers, seventh overall, in the first round of the 1972 draft. He was called up after 11 games in the AHL with the Richmond Robins. In his first season with the Flyers, Barber scored 30 goals and 34 assists and was a contender for the Calder Memorial Trophy for rookie of the year.

Barber was converted to left wing by coach Fred Shero. He scored at least 20 goals every season. His best season was 50 goals and 62 assists in the 1975–76 season. In the Flyers' successful 1974 and 1975 Stanley Cup playoffs campaigns, Barber contributed three and six goals respectively. Barber also contributed another six goals in an unsuccessful 1976 playoff run. In addition to his respectable scoring abilities, Barber was also a well rounded player. On the power play he was equally valuable for setting up the play as he was for pulling the trigger, and if forced into a defensive role, he was capable.

In the 1976 Canada Cup, Barber scored one of his most famous goals while playing for Team Canada. Behind in the final against Czechoslovakia, Barber scored to send the game into overtime, and an eventual Team Canada victory.

He was a team leader for the next decade. In 1979–80, the Flyers had their record 35-game unbeaten streak, and Barber was in the centre of it all. He helped the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup finals in the spring of 1980 with a number of key playoffs goals against the NY Rangers and Minnesota North Stars.

Barber captained the Flyers in the 1981–82 season and part of 1982–83. As of the end of the 2012–13 season, he still holds the Flyers regular season career scoring record with 420 goals. He is tied for the lead for Flyers career playoffs goals with Rick MacLeish; both have 53 playoffs tallies. [2]

Barber was forced to retire as a player after the 1984–85 season after being unable to return from reconstructive knee surgery in the spring of 1984. The Flyers retired his number 7, on October 7, 1990, just after he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

On January 14, 2017, Barber played before a sold out crowd of over 19,000 at the Wells Fargo Center in the Flyers' 50th anniversary alumni game against the alumni of the Pittsburgh Penguins, here he played alongside his longtime linemates, Bobby Clarke and Reggie Leach, and which ended in a 3–3 tie. [3] Before to the game Barber announced that it would be his last alumni game. [4]

Coaching and executive career

After his playing career, Barber started coaching. He coached the Hershey Bears for 16 games in 1985. He was the Flyers assistant coach between 1985–1988. After coaching the Flyers farm team (Phantoms) for four years where he won his and team's first Calder Cup in 1998. [5] He then was the Flyers' head coach from December 2000 until April 2002, [5] winning the Jack Adams Trophy after 2000–01. [6]

Barber was the director of player personnel for the Tampa Bay Lightning, a position he held from August 2002 to June 2008. [7] Barber's name was added to the Stanley Cup for a third time in 2004 with Tampa Bay. On October 13, 2008, he returned to the Flyers organization when he was named a scouting consultant. [1]

Personal life

Barber and his late wife, Jenny have two children. Jenny Barber died from lung cancer in 2001. [8]

On September 25, 2010, the Bill Barber Sports Complex was opened in his honour in his hometown Callander. [9]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1967–68 North Bay Trappers NOJHA 3418355344
1968–69North Bay TrappersNOJHA48323870100
1969–70 Kitchener Rangers OHA-Jr. 543749864285101522
1970–71 Kitchener RangersOHA-Jr.61465910512942352
1971–72 Kitchener RangersOHA-Jr.6244631078952796
1972–73 Richmond Robins AHL 119514420002
1972–73 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 69303464461132522
1973–74 Philadelphia FlyersNHL75343569541736918
1974–75 Philadelphia FlyersNHL79343771661769158
1975–76 Philadelphia FlyersNHL80506211210416671318
1976–77 Philadelphia FlyersNHL7320355562101452
1977–78 Philadelphia FlyersNHL8041317234126392
1978–79 Philadelphia FlyersNHL7934468022834710
1979–80 Philadelphia FlyersNHL7940327217191292123
1980–81 Philadelphia FlyersNHL804342856912115160
1981–82 Philadelphia FlyersNHL804544898541564
1982–83 Philadelphia FlyersNHL662733602831122
1983–84 Philadelphia FlyersNHL6322325436
NHL totals9034204638836231295355108109


YearTeamEvent GPGAPtsPIM
1976 Canada CC 72024
1982 Canada WC 1081910
Senior totals171011114

All-Star Games

YearLocation GAPts
1975 Montreal 000
1976 Philadelphia 000
1978 Buffalo 101
1980 Detroit 000
1981 Los Angeles 112
1982 Washington 000
All-Star totals213

Coaching record


TeamYearRegular seasonPostseason
PHI 2000–01 54311373(100)2nd in Atlantic Lost in Conference Quarterfinals
PHI 2001–02 824227103971st in AtlanticLost in Conference Quarterfinals


TeamYearRegular seasonPostseason
HER 1984–85 166910(63)6th in SouthDid not qualify
PHI 1996–97 8049181331111st in Mid-AtlanticLost in Division Finals
PHI 1997–98 8047211221061st in Mid-AtlanticWon Calder Cup
PHI 1998–99 804722921051st in Mid-AtlanticLost in Conference Finals
PHI 1999–00 80443132933rd in Mid-AtlanticLost in Division Semifinals


Calder Cup champion 1998
Class Guy Award (Philadelphia Flyers team award) 1981
Jack Adams Award 2001
NHL First All-Star Team 1976
NHL Second All-Star Team 1979, 1981
Stanley Cup champion 1974, 1975, 2004

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  3. Breen, Matt (January 15, 2017). "Alumni game marks a farewell of sorts for Flyers' Bob Clarke". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  4. Carchidi, Sam (January 12, 2017). "Clarke, Barber say alumni game will be their last". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  5. 1 2 "Flyers fire coach Barber". April 30, 2002. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  6. Gilbertson, Wes (May 3, 2016). "Bob Hartley not first Jack Adams Award winner to be fired soon after". Calgary Herald. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  7. "Lightning Director of Player Personnel Bill Barber Resigns". June 25, 2008. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
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Preceded by
Pierre Plante
Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Mel Bridgman
Preceded by
Mel Bridgman
Philadelphia Flyers captain
Succeeded by
Bobby Clarke
Preceded by
Joel Quenneville
Jack Adams Award Winners
Succeeded by
Bob Francis
Preceded by
Craig Ramsay
Head Coach of the Philadelphia Flyers
Succeeded by
Ken Hitchcock