The Flyers have been blessed with countless personalties on (and off) the ice in their history, and some of those personalties have led to some truly great nicknames along the way.
You know most of them, from “Hound Dog” (Bob Kelly), “The Riverton Rifle” (Reggie Leach, “The Hammer” (Dave Schultz), and “The Fog” (Fred Shero). But there’s a couple Flyers nicknames that aren’t as well known, and on May 1st back in 1980 the legend of one grew in droves.
That’d be Bob “The Count” Dailey, of course, who notched a five-point night on this day in 1980 as the Flyers blanked the Minnesota North Stars 7-0 in game two of their Stanley Cup Semifinals series. Dailey scored in the second period and added four assists in the rout as he enjoyed a career night in a playoff run filled with production for the big defenseman.
Dailey finished the postseason with 17 points in 19 games for the Flyers, who eventually lost in the Stanley Cup Finals to the New York Islanders. But along the way Dailey enjoyed some of the best hockey of his career.
The 6-foot-5 former first-round pick was actually ahead of his time as an offensive defenseman —save for one Bobby Orr. Dailey’s frame armed him with a straight howitzer of a slap shot, and helped him turn in four double-digit goal seasons in a promising career that was unfortunately cut short due to injuries.
Still in the prime of his career, an ankle injury put the cap on a slew of other physical maladies that prevented him from playing past his age-28 season.
How’d he get his nickname while in Philadelphia? From another with quite the nickname himself, of course: Andre “Moose” Dupont.
On his first day with the Flyers, Dailey also acquired a new nickname as soon as he walked into the locker room. Andre “Moose” Dupont strode up to his new teammate, wagging his finger.
“There’s only one Moose here and that’s me,” the beefy defenseman said in his heavy Quebec accent.
Noticing the towering Dailey had slung his suit jacket over his shoulders as he unbuttoned the sleeves of his dress shirt, Dupont said Dailey looked like “The Count” from Sesame Street. Considering the Flyers already had a “Big Bird” (Don Saleski) on the club, it seemed only fitting they should have a Count, too, especially because the team was counting on big things from their new acquisition. The nickname stuck for the rest of Dailey’s career.
If it wasn’t for injuries, “The Count” could have gone down with likes of Flyers franchise great defenseman like Mark Howe, Jimmy Watson, and Eric Desjardins. But for at least one night on the first of May in 1980, he stood above them all.
Also on May 1st...Bobby Clarke’s overtime goal gives the Flyers a 2-0 lead in their 1975 Stanley Cup Semifinals series against the Islanders...and Ken Wregget makes 24 saves on 25 shots to out-duel Patrick Roy as the Flyers take game one of the 1989 Wales Conference...