Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Barry Ashbee
Ashbee had played 14 games with Boston in 1965-66 but was soon returned to Hershey where he was in the middle of a seven-year tour of duty there. The Flyers acquired him from the Bears and he became not only one of the more reliable defencemen in the league but among the most popular athletes in the city. He was as tough as any "Broad Street Bully" of that generation, and in February 1973 he was suspended for eight games for striking referee Bryan Lewis because he was upset with a penalty call.

Ashbee played on the 1973-74 team that won the Stanley Cup, but his absence from the clinching game was because of an horrific career-ending eye injury he suffered April 28, 1974. In a semi-final game against the Rangers, just days after being named to the NHL's second all-star team, he was hit flush in the eye by a Dale Rolfe shot. The following year, he became one of the team's assistant coaches after initially refusing the offer for its perceived sympathetic reasons.

In April 1977, doctors gave him the devastating news that he had leukemia. One month later he was dead. A Memorial scholarship fund was established in his honour, and on April 3, 1975 his number 4 was retired by the club. To this day, the Barry Ashbee trophy is awarded annually to the best defenceman on the Flyers, and Ashbee is also a member of the Flyers Hall of Fame.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1956-57 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 34 0 4 4 23 3 0 0 0 0
1957-58 Lakeshore Bruins ON-Jr.B
1958-59 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 53 8 22 30 108 6 0 3 3 12
1959-60 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 62 2 11 13 72
1960-61 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 64 4 11 15 75 5 0 0 0 14
1961-62 North Bay<196>Kingston EPHL 35 2 7 9 87
1962-63 Hershey Bears AHL 72 0 17 17 94 15 0 2 2 34
1963-64 Hershey Bears AHL 72 3 6 9 142 6 0 0 0 12
1964-65 Hershey Bears AHL 66 3 13 16 114 14 0 0 0 22
1965-66 Boston Bruins NHL 14 0 3 3 14
1965-66 Hershey Bears AHL 36 1 10 11 100 3 0 0 0 6
1966-67 Hershey Bears AHL
1967-68 Hershey Bears AHL 65 5 15 20 86 5 0 1 1 4
1968-69 Hershey Bears AHL 71 5 29 34 130 11 2 5 7 14
1969-70 Hershey Bears AHL 72 5 25 30 80 7 0 1 1 24
1970-71 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 64 4 23 27 44 +3
1971-72 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 6 14 20 75 +2
1972-73 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 64 1 17 18 106 -2 11 0 4 4 20
1973-74 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 69 4 13 17 52 +52 6 0 0 0 2
1974-75 Philadelphia Flyers NHLMGNT
NHL Totals 284 15 70 85 291 17 0 4 4 22


NHL Second All-Star Team (1974) Traded to Detroit (Hershey-AHL) by Boston with Ed Chadwick for Bob Perreault, June, 1962.
Missed entire 1966-67 due to back surgery, September, 1966. Traded to Philadelphia by Pittsburgh (Hershey-AHL) for Darryl Edestrand and Larry McKillop, May 22, 1970.
Suffered career-ending eye injury in playoff game vs. NY Rangers, April 28, 1974.