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The Short End of the Stick

Marking the 11 sports work stoppages since 1972.

The Short End of the Stick

In this Sept. 25, 2012 file photo, a nearly empty hockey stick rack in the locker room of the Buffalo Sabres hockey team is shown during the NHL labor lockout in Buffalo, N.Y.  (AP Photo/David Duprey)
In this Sept. 25, 2012 file photo, a nearly empty hockey stick rack in the locker room of the Buffalo Sabres hockey team is shown during the NHL labor lockout in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

When the NHL finally gets around to dropping the puck at 3 p.m. Saturday, if will officially bring to a conclusion the 11th work stoppage among the four majors sports in 41 years.

In that time, the four area teams will have lost a total of 337 regular-season games to those stoppages (*that includes the three NFL scab games in 1987, which were even worse than not being played at all). That's in addition to the leagues having to cancel one World Series and one Stanley Cup Final.

Here are those 11 stoppages with the local team's head coach, number of games played and missed, their record and postseason performance:

 Season  Team (Lg.)  Coach  GP (GM)  Record  Lost in
 1972  Phillies (MLB)  Frank Lucchesi  156 (6)  59-97  —
 1981  Phillies (MLB)  Dallas Green  107 (55)   59-48  Division Series
 1982  Eagles (NFL)  Dick Vermeil      9 (7)    3-  6  —
 1987  Eagles (NFL)  Buddy Ryan     12 (4)*    7-  5  —
 1994  Phillies (MLB)   Jim Fregosi  115 (47)  54-61  Postseason ccd.
 1994-95   Flyers (NHL)  Terry Murray    48 (36)  28-16-4   Conference Final
 1995  Phillies (MLB)  Jim Fregosi  144 (18)  69-75  —
 1998-99  Sixers (NBA)  Larry Brown    50 (32)  28-22  Conference Semifinal 
 2004-05  Flyers (NHL)  Ken Hitchcock      0 (82)    0-  0  Entire season ccd.
 2011-12  Sixers (NBA)  Doug Collins    66 (16)  35-31  Conference Semfinal
 2012-13  Flyers (NHL)  Peter Laviolette     48 (34)    ?    ?
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