Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Frank Bathe
A true character off the ice, defensive stalwart Frank Bathe was the first star in two games over his hockey career. One was a church league contest, played in a storm so thick with snow no one actually saw the game. The other was with the Philadelphia Flyers, when he presented the Minnesota North Stars with some devastating hits in a 3-2 Flyer win.

Bathe, once oddly name Man of the Year by the Lumberjacks Association, could best be described as a hockey-playing non-sequitor. Frank's a funny guy, teammate Bobby Clarke said. He'd be even funnier if we understood him. Bathe's career ended early due to an ailing back, the price he paid for his physical style of play. In November of 1983 he underwent surgery to remove a herniated disc. He missed all but four games that season, which he spent with the Maine Mariners in the AHL, and played one final NHL game with the Flyers in the 1984 playoffs before calling it quits.

He had started his career with Detroit in 1974 after signing as a free agent, undrafted. But, after only two partial seasons, he was buried in the minors until the Flyers brought him back to life in 1977. Bathe then played seven partial seasons with the injury until finally retiring in 1984.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 Windsor Spitfires ON-Jr.A 59 10 25 35 232
1973-74 Windsor Bulldogs ON-Jr.A 58 19 34 53 306
1974-75 Detroit Red Wings NHL 19 0 3 3 31 -5
1974-75 Virginia Wings AHL 50 7 11 18 146
1975-76 Detroit Red Wings NHL 7 0 1 1 9 -1
1975-76 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 7 0 1 1 24
1975-76 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 14 0 5 5 46
1975-76 Port Huron Flags IHL 43 2 3 5 148 15 0 4 4 54
1976-77 Port Huron Flags IHL 71 7 30 37 250
1977-78 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Maine Mariners AHL 78 4 11 15 159 12 1 1 2 24
1978-79 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 21 1 3 4 76 +9 6 1 0 1 12
1978-79 Maine Mariners AHL 26 3 3 6 106
1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 47 0 7 7 111 +7 1 0 0 0 0
1980-81 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 44 0 3 3 175 -3 12 0 3 3 16
1981-82 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 28 1 3 4 68 +11 4 0 0 0 2
1982-83 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 57 1 8 9 72 +4 3 0 0 0 12
1983-84 Maine Mariners AHL 4 1 0 1 2
1983-84 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 1 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 224 3 28 31 542 27 1 3 4 42


Signed as a free agent by Detroit, October 10, 1974. Traded to Port Huron (IHL) by Detroit (Kalamazoo-IHL) for Henry Lehvonen, November, 1975. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, October 7, 1977.
Suffered eventual career-ending back injury in training camp, October 15, 1983.