At Right Wing for you Philadelphia Flyers...#12...Tim Kerr!
Timothy E. Kerr was born January 5, 1960 in Windsor, Canada. He grew up Tecumseh, a small community outside Windsor in Southern Ontario and played his junior hockey with the Windsor Spitfires and Kingston Canadiens.
At 6'3" and 230 pounds, Tim became known throughout the junior ranks as a slow skater that parked in the slot to collect 'garbage goals'. Kerr went undrafted, but was signed by the Flyers on October 25, 1979 after posting a 40 goal season 1979-80, his final year in juniors.
Tim immediately suited up for the Maine Mariners, then the Flyers top affiliate in the AHL. He posted 6 points in 7 games for the Mariners. Kerr would go on to have a decent training camp with the Flyers in 1980, but still no one was convinced he could succeed at the NHL level. Ultimately, he made the team when a roster spot opened due to a broken leg suffered by Ken Linseman. Tim responded by posting 2 consecutive 20+ goal seasons in his first 2 years. The 1982-83 season saw Tim seemingly having a break-out season. He was well on pace for a 40+ goal season before a severe knee injury cut the season short.
The 1983-84 season would see Kerr teamed up with Brain Propp and Dave Poulin. Kerr elevated his game to a whole new level scoring 54 goals and 93 points in 79 games. It was the first of 4 consecutive 50+ goal seasons for Kerr, he would soon earn the tag "The Sultan of Slot". Kerr was a nearly immovable force in front of the net, using superior size and hand-eye coordination to score almost at will. This was evidenced further in a statement made by Hall of Famer Brian Trottier..."The only way to stop Tim Kerr would be to wrap chains around his arms and legs." Trottier almost immediately withdrew that statement..."No, that probably wouldn't stop him either."
Kerr would score 224 goals between 1983 and 1987, with four consecutive 50-goal seasons. During the 1985-86 season Kerr would score a career best 58 goals, he would repeat that feat the following season. He would also set the NHL Single Season record for PowerPlay Goals with 34.
The 1986-87 season saw the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 2nd time in 3 seasons. Again they were matched against the Edmonton Oilers. The Flyers took the powerhouse Oilers to game 7 before eventually losing the series. An injury kept Kerr from playing a single game in that finals series. The team felt that had Kerr been able to play in the series he would have made a huge impact on the eventual outcome. Tim was elected to the 2nd All-Star Team following the season.
Tim would be limited to only 8 regular season and 6 playoff games for the 1987-88 season in which he underwent 5 shoulder operations. He would rebound for the 1988-89 season with 48 goals and 88 points in 69 games. It would be the last time he would make a big impact in the NHL. Tim was awarded the Bill Masterton Award following the season.
From 1989-1991, Tim would only appear in 67 games, posting 72 points. Sadly, already being plagued with injuries after years of physical abuse, tragedy would strike in 1990 when Tim would lose his wife just 10 days after the birth of their baby. 1990-91 would be Tim's final year with the Orange-N-Black.
The 1991-92 season started with an expansion of the NHL, Kerr was claimed by the San Jose Sharks in the expansion draft on May 30, 1991. The Sharks traded Kerr to the New York Rangers that same day. Kerr would play in 32 games for the Rangers in 1991-92 before being traded to the Hartford Whalers on July 9, 1992. Tim would appear in just 22 games for the Whalers during the 1992-93 season. He would retire in January of 1993 and immediately accepted an assistant coaching position with Springfield, Hartford's top AHL affiliate.
Kerr still holds the NHL Record for Powerplay Goals in a single season with 34. He also hold the NHL Playoff Record for Powerplay Goals in a Single Period with 3 (4/13/85). He shares the NHL Playoff Record for Most Goals in a Single Period with 4 (4/13/85). Tim still holds the Flyers Team Record for Most 50-Goal Seasons with 4. Tim appeared in 3 consecutive All-Star Games (1984-1986).
Kerr appeared in 601 Games for the Orange-N-Black, scoring 363 goals and 287 assists for a total of 650 points. He would add 39 goals and 31 assists for a total of 70 points in 73 Playoff Games.
Tim currently owns Powerplay Realty in Avalon, New Jersey. He is also the owner of the Pensacola Ice Flyers, which began play for the 2009-10 season in the SPHL...
#12...Tim Kerr...Your Philadelphia Flyers All-Time 1st Team Right Wing...