Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Flyers' 60A Club

Claude Giroux Sunday became the eighth Flyer to reach 60 assists in a single season.

The Flyers' 60A Club

Early in the third period Sunday, Claude Giroux became the eighth Flyer to record 60 assists in a single season. He later added another and is now tied for 14th on the club's single-season list.

If he can grab three helpers over of their last three games, he could move into ninth place all by himself:

 Rk.      Player  Season         Games  Assists
   1.  Bobby Clarke   1974-75  80  89
   Bobby Clarke  1975-76  76  89
   3.  Mark Recchi  1992-93  84  70
   4.  Bobby Clarke  1977-78  71  68
   Eric Lindros  1995-96  73  68 
    Ken Linseman  1981-82  79  68
   7.  Bobby Clarke  1972-73  78  67
   Mark Recchi  1993-94  84  67
   9.  Bobby Clarke  1976-77  80  63
   Mark Recchi  1999-00  82  63
 11.  Bill Barber  1975-76  80  62
   Rod Brind'Amour      1993-94  84  62
   Bobby Clarke  1982-83  80  62
 14.  Rod Brind'Amour  1995-96  82  61
   Claude Giroux  2011-12  75  61
 16.  Garry Galley  1993-94  81  60
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