Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Today in history - Flying to an eight-point record

On this date in 1977, Philadelphia D-man Tom "The Bomber" Bladon established an NHL record, as the Flyers decimated the Cleveland Barons 11-1 at the Spectrum. The Edmonton native set the record for most points by a defenseman by scoring four goals and four assists. His plus/minus of +10 also set a record that evening.

The previous record of seven points was held by Bobby Orr, who had a hat trick and four assists in a 10-3 win over the New York Rangers during the 1973-74 season. The Edmonton Oilers' Paul Coffey tied Bladon's record in 1986, with two goals and six assists in a 12-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
As a 6-1 and 195 pounds defenseman who relied more on speed than his physical prowess, he didn't appear to be Philly's proto-typical "Broad Street Bully" despite being drafted 23rd overall in 1972. Bladon, however, scored a respectable 11 goals and 42 points in his rookie campaign. The Dec. 11, 1977 gamed helped propel him to a career high 53 points in 1976-77, with 10 goals and 43 assists.

He won the Stanley Cup with Philadelphia in 1974 and 1975 and played in the NHL All-Star game in 1977 and 1978 as a Flyer. He ended his 11-year career in 1980-81, playing with the Adirondack Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets and Detroit Red Wings.

He ended his career with 73 goals, 197 assists, good for 270 points, and 392 penalty minutes. He now resides in Calgary, where he operates a Tim Horton's

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