Brian Propp was one of the Philadelphia Flyers most outstanding players in the 1980s. He was also a key member of two Mike Keenan-led squads that made Stanley Cup appearances (1984-85, 1986-87) against the Edmonton Oilers.
The left wing is also best remembered as being part of one of the greatest lines in team history, along with center Dave Poulin and right wing Tim Kerr.
Propp was selected by the Flyers in the first round (fourteenth overall) of the National Hockey League amateur draft in 1979. He joined the team that fall and remained in orange and black for over a decade.
He ranks second on Philadelphia's all-time shots (2,637), goals scored (369 'guffaws'), assists (480), and game-winning goals (55) lists. He ranks third all-time in total points (849), games played (790), and power play goals (103). He also ranks fourth in plus/minus (+311) and seventh in short-handed goals (20).
In 116 playoff games as a Flyer, he scored 52 goals (18 came on the power play and three were short-handed) and added 60 assists. Seven of his postseason goals were also game-winners.
After being traded to the Boston Bruins in March 1990, Propp went on to play for the Minnesota North Stars from 1990-91 through 1992-93 and for the Hartford Whalers in 1993-94.
Propp was inducted into the Flyers' Hall of Fame in 1999. He also served as the team's radio color analyst from 1999-2008. Currently, he works for a technology consulting and staffing company that is based in Philadelphia. During the season he also co-hosts the Flyers-themed television show "Propper Hockey".
It was a pleasure talking with him and his former linemate, Dave Poulin at the Winter Classic Alumni game in Philadelphia. Those two men, who were sitting aside of each other in the locker room after the game, were a tremendous short-handed duo.
The great ones live forever
Many teams in the League have a variety of great players and great lines in their collective histories.
Even though Propp, Poulin, and Kerr weren't part of a Philadelphia Stanley Cup championship team, they will always be remembered as three of the best players and one of the best lines in franchise history. Among those three, Propp was arguably the standout.
Sean O'Brien is based in the Philadelphia region. He has written professionally for over two decades and is currently a Featured Contributor for Yahoo! You can follow him on Twitter @SeanyOB and also read his daily Sports Blog: Insight.
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