Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gary Dornhoefer
Fans of old-fashioned, gritty, hard-working hockey players loved the style of Gary Dornhoefer, who will be forever remembered as one of the key figures on the famed "Broad Street Bullies" with the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1970s.

Dornhoefer combined a rough-and-tumble style of play with a degree of talent that made him a very effective performer for the Flyers. He played two years of junior with the Niagara Falls Flyers of the Ontario Hockey Association while his NHL rights were owned by the Boston Bruins. He made his pro debut with the Bruins in 1963-64, playing in 32 games, scoring 12 goals and ten assists. Over the next two years he was inserted into the lineup for just 30 games and was left unprotected in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft. The Philadelphia Flyers selected him with the 13th pick overall, and from there his career was defined.

In that first year with Philadelphia, Dornhoefer played 65 games, and had 13 goals and 43 points while accumulating 134 minutes in penalties. Two years later he reached the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his career, ending the season with 26. By 1971-72, the Flyers organization was clearly looking to enhance its rough style, and that was echoed in Dornhoefer's increase in penalty minutes. He sat for 183 minutes in the box that year. Playing a more physical style of play had its advantages and Dornhoefer noticed he was being given more room to move around in front of the opposition's goal. In 1972-73 he had the best offensive year of his NHL career, averaging better than a point per game, when he potted 30 goals and 49 assists for 79 points in 77 games.

The Flyers, called goons by some hockey observers, could also play hockey, and that was what made them special. The pieces all came together for the Flyers in the 1973-74 season when they upset the heavily favoured Boston Bruins in the 1974 Stanley Cup finals. Many credit the goaltending heroics of Bernie Parent for the championship, and Dornhoefer would not disagree. A year later, Parent was again the difference as the Flyers won their second straight Stanley Cup, shutting down the Buffalo Sabres and the famed "French Connection" line of Perreault, Martin, and Robert in six games.

The Flyers advanced to the Cup finals again in 1976, looking for their third consecutive title, but the Montreal Canadiens were in the process of building yet another dynasty, and with Ken Dryden once again tending goal for the Habs, the major Flyers advantage?goaltending--was nullified. The Canadiens won what would be their first of four consecutive Cups that spring.

Dornhoefer would play another two years with the Flyers, before hanging up the blades at the conclusion of the 1977-78 season at the age of 35. After hockey, Dornhoefer got in to broadcasting, working with Hockey Night In Canada as well as Flyer broadcasts.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1961-62 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 50 8 31 39 121 6 2 3 5 15
1962-63 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 38 16 34 50 58 16 11 13 24 56
1962-63 Niagara Falls Flyers M-Cup 9 2 3 5 33
1963-64 Boston Bruins NHL 32 12 10 22 20
1963-64 Minneapolis Bruins CPHL 39 21 30 51 67
1964-65 Boston Bruins NHL 20 0 1 1 13
1964-65 San Francisco Seals WHL 37 10 25 35 59
1965-66 Boston Bruins NHL 10 0 1 1 2
1965-66 Hershey Bears AHL 54 16 20 36 56 3 1 1 2 14
1966-67 Hershey Bears AHL 71 19 22 41 110 5 0 1 1 7
1967-68 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 65 13 30 43 134 +6 3 0 0 0 15
1968-69 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 60 8 16 24 80 -20 4 0 1 1 20
1969-70 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 65 26 29 55 96 +2
1970-71 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 57 20 20 40 93 +3 2 0 0 0 4
1971-72 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 17 32 49 183 -15
1972-73 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 30 49 79 168 +17 11 3 3 6 16
1973-74 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 57 11 39 50 125 +13 14 5 6 11 43
1974-75 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 69 17 27 44 102 +23 17 5 5 10 33
1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 28 35 63 128 +14 16 3 4 7 43
1976-77 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 25 34 59 85 +47 9 1 0 1 22
1977-78 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 47 7 5 12 62 -3 4 0 0 0 7
NHL Totals 787 214 328 542 1291 80 17 19 36 203


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1973, 1977) Claimed by Philadelphia from Boston in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967.