Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Phil Myre
The Montreal Canadiens in the 1966 Amateur Draft selected Phil Myre, best known as one half of the netminding duo of the early Atlanta Flames. The Canadiens took the goaltender following an unsuccessful, though long, performance by Shawinigan in the Memorial Cup playoffs. He got to hoist the Memorial Cup two years later when he backstopped a Niagara Falls team to victory.

It wasn't until the 1969-70 season that Myre saw action with the Canadiens. In ten games, he put up a 4-3-2 record and a 2.27 GAA, but it wasn't enough to impress the team. He was carried as a backup for the next two seasons before the Canadiens left him unprotected in the 1972 Expansion Draft.

The Atlanta Flames took the slender goalkeeper. His ability to stop shooters from close range was thought to be a good quality for an expansion team netminder to have. For the next five seasons, the Flames had him battling Dan Bouchard for playing time in the Atlanta net. The competition came to a head in the 1977-78 season until Myre was traded to the St. Louis Blues.

In St. Louis, Myre had a chance to shine. After the trade, he played 44 of the team's 51 games. That stretch included a 28-consecutive games played stretch and one NHL Player of the Week honour for a shutout streak that lasted 131 minutes and 42 seconds. Unfortunately, the Blues were not as talented at the time in putting the puck in an opponent's net. Myre ended the season with an 11-25-8 record.

The Blues kept Myre for one more season before he moved to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers coach, Pat Quinn, had played in front of Myre throughout most of his time in Atlanta. Quinn intended to follow the Atlanta example and alternate between Myre and rookie Pete Peeters.

Peeters and Myre exceeded expectations as they helped keep the Flyers record a 35-game unbeaten streak. In the playoffs, Myre came up big in the series against Minnesota by recording all four victories. Unfortunately, the Flyers lost in the finals to the New York Islanders.

Myre played three more seasons in the NHL for the Flyers, Colorado Rockies, and Buffalo Sabres before finishing with the Mike Keenan-coached Rochester Americans in the AHL. Myre has served as a coach for Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, and Ottawa since his playing career ended.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1963-64 Victoriaville Bruins QJHL 2 1 1 0 0 6.00
1963-64 Victoriaville Bruins M-Cup 1 0 1 0 0 8.00
1964-65 Victoriaville Bruins QJHL 21 14 7 0 3 3.91 9 7 2 0 0 4.00
1964-65 Victoriaville Bruins M-Cup 3 0 3 0 0 8.00
1965-66 Shawinigan Bruins QJHL 44 38 6 0 1 3.11 12 8 4 0 3 2.79
1965-66 Shawinigan Bruins M-Cup 15 11 4 0 0 2.73
1966-67 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 34 1 4.03 9 0 4.89
1967-68 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 50 4 3.09 19 0 3.79
1967-68 Niagara Falls Flyers M-Cup 10 7 3 0 1 3.29
1968-69 Houston Apollos CHL 53 24 19 10 2 2.83 2 0 2 0 0 3.53
1969-70 Montreal Canadiens NHL 10 4 3 2 0 2.27
1969-70 Montreal Voyageurs AHL 15 0 2.47
1970-71 Montreal Canadiens NHL 30 13 11 4 1 3.11
1971-72 Montreal Canadiens NHL 9 4 5 0 0 3.64
1972-73 Atlanta Flames NHL 46 16 23 5 2 3.03
1973-74 Atlanta Flames NHL 36 11 16 6 0 3.33 3 0 3 0 4.19
1974-75 Atlanta Flames NHL 40 14 16 10 5 2.85
1975-76 Atlanta Flames NHL 37 16 16 4 1 3.47
1976-77 Atlanta Flames NHL 43 17 17 7 3 3.07 2 1 1 0 2.50
1977-78 Atlanta Flames NHL 9 2 7 0 0 4.93
1977-78 St. Louis Blues NHL 44 11 25 8 1 3.64
1978-79 St. Louis Blues NHL 39 9 22 8 1 4.33
1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 41 18 7 15 0 3.57 6 5 1 1 2.50
1980-81 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 16 6 5 4 0 4.07
1980-81 Colorado Rockies NHL 10 3 6 1 0 3.41
1980-81 Canada WEC-A 7 2 5 0 0 4.34
1981-82 Colorado Rockies NHL 24 2 17 2 0 5.35
1981-82 Fort Worth Texans CHL 10 4 5 1 0 3.90
1982-83 Buffalo Sabres NHL 5 3 2 0 0 4.20 1 0 0 0 7.37
1982-83 Rochester Americans AHL 43 28 8 5 0 3.68
1983-84 Rochester Americans AHL 33 19 9 1 4 3.46
NHL Totals 439 149 198 76 14 3.52 12 6 5 1 3.29


QJHL Second All-Star Team (1965, 1966)
OHA-Jr. Second All-Star Team (1968)
CHL Second All-Star Team (1969)
CHL - fewest goals against (1969)
Regular season totals for Victoriaville (QJHL) in 1963-64 are not available. Claimed by Atlanta from Montreal in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1972. Traded to St. Louis by Atlanta with Curt Bennett and Barry Gibbs for Yves Belanger, Dick Redmond, Bob MacMillan and St. Louis' 2nd round choice (Mike Perovich) in 1979 Entry Draft, December 12, 1977. Traded to Philadelphia by St. Louis for Blake Dunlop and Rick Lapointe, June 7, 1979. Traded to Colorado by Philadelphia for cash, February 26, 1981. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, September 11, 1982.