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This is the second in a series about memorable moments at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.

Dio poster

On December 11th, 1977, the lowly Cleveland Barons visited the Spectrum and were dealt a severe ass kicking. Flyers defenseman Tom Bladon had the night of his life, scoring 4 goals and adding 4 assists to set the NHL record for points in a game by a defenseman in the Flyers 11-1 victory.

Tom Bladon played for the Flyers for 6 seasons, starting in the 1972-73 season. He was a skilled righty shooter, who was never really appreciated in Philly, probably because he was not exactly the epitome of a Broad Street Bully-his highest PIM total in one season was just 68 minutes.

Bladon was traded the summer after he had his 8 point game, to the Pittsburgh Penguins, along with fellow Flyers Stanley Cup winners Ross Lonsberry and Orest Kindrachuk for the Pens 1st round pick, which became rugged and skilled blueliner, Behn Wilson.

Tom Bladon was way better than this guy....for one night anyhow.

The old record was held by some guy named Bobby Orr, which he set in 1973(3 goals, 4 assists).

The Flyers scored 4 goals in the first period, including a late flurry, where they potted 3 goals in a 44 second stretch. Bladon fired a slap shot past Gary Edwards, followed 19 seconds later by Don Saleski rebound tally, and a Mel Bridgman wrister.

the beseiged Mr Edwards

In the second Bladon kept shooting and beating the beleaguered Edwards. He intercepted a clearing pass and beat the Baron netminder from the neutral zone. Five minutes later Bladon recorded the 1st hat trick by a Flyers defenseman with a point shot that a screened Edwards never saw.

Gilles Meloche replaced Edwards, and Bladon beat him in the early going of the third period.

Bladon had a whole game's worth of points in the first, picking up a pair of helpers with his goal. His two goal second was followed by another 3 points in the third.

Tom Bladon celebrating his memorable night...or showing us Brad Marsh's career scoring numbers....

For those who are into the +/- stats, Bladon unofficially set that standard by being a +10 on the evening.

For the team, the 10 goal margin of victory matched the largest in club history, and the Flyers outshot the Barons, whose lone goal came from Dennis Maruk after the Flyers were up 11-0, by a 52-18 margin.

Less than a year later, on June 14th, 1978, the Barons merged with the Minnesota North Stars and ceased to be.

Dennis Maruk had the Barons lone goal in Philly when Tom Bladon scored 8 points in an 11-1 Flyers triumph.
Filed Under:   Bladon   Spectrum   Dio   Barons   Flyers   Maruk   Edwards   Wilson  
September 24, 2008 6:26 PM ET | Delete
September 24, 2008 6:45 PM ET | Delete
C'mon Jsaq, I lived near Cleveland during the Barons days. I saw them beat the Flyers in Cleveland a couple times. Maruk was a helluva player and the team was decent when Gilles Meloche started. When he didn't . . . . . . .
September 24, 2008 6:49 PM ET | Delete
Nice job on the blog, i'm glad i got here early I hate to be "The last in line"
September 24, 2008 6:56 PM ET | Delete
FlyerX, checking the record, the Flyers were 7-1-2 vs the Barons. The lone Barons win came in November of 1976, a 6-4 win at home for the Barons. The Flyers outscored them 56-24 in the ten games they played against one another.
September 24, 2008 7:28 PM ET | Delete
Then I saw the win and the tie, which must have felt like a win. I remember going over and talking to Gene Hart before one of the games and told him the Barons would win and they didn't make a liar out of me. :O)
September 24, 2008 8:29 PM ET | Delete
John: I love the pix you post w/your blogs. I was telling Luca Sbisa about the pix of the ad to "name" the Phila. Hockey Club in your blog earlier this week ...
September 24, 2008 8:49 PM ET | Delete
Thanks, Panotch. I try to mix it up a bit. I loved the Dio poster
September 24, 2008 10:40 PM ET | Delete
Nice read :)
September 25, 2008 10:36 AM ET | Delete
September 25, 2008 11:49 AM ET | Delete
My first game-used stick was one of Tom Bladon's Koho 221's from '75. Nice piece Jsaq. Keep the Spectrum memories coming...
September 26, 2008 1:04 AM ET | Delete
Great job Jsaq. Much enjoyed the read and the pixs. Thanks.
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