Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bob Dailey
Bob Dailey was selected 9th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft after a successful junior career with the Toronto Marlboros. At 6'5" Dailey had the size and strength to patrol the defense with a remarkable amount of agility for a man of his size.

Dailey was a member of the Toronto Marlboros that captured the 1973 Memorial Cup. The team also boasted the likes of Mark Howe, Bruce Boudreau, Wayne Dillon and Mike Palmateer in goal.

In his rookie season with the Canucks in 1973-74, Dailey suited up for all 76 games, scoring seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points while spending 143 minutes in the penalty box. The following year, Dailey played in 70 games, improving his statistics to 12 goals and 36 assists for 48 points as the Canucks advanced to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in their short history.

Midway through the 1976-77 season Dailey was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers, who continued to look for more size and strength for their famed Broad Street Bullies' lineup. The Flyers felt they had lost some of their edginess after having lost in the 1976 Stanley Cup finals to the Montreal Canadiens both on the scoresheet and in the trenches. Reports say the Philadelphia organization was extremely impressed by the Canadiens' 6'4" Larry Robinson, who not only contributed points to Montreal's Cup victory, but also handed the likes of the Flyers' Dave Schultz and Don Saleski a humbling lesson in fighting. Looking to obtain their own large, tough, offensive defenseman, the Flyers focused their attention on Dailey. The Flyers sent defensemen Jack McIlhargey and Larry Goodenough to the West Coast in the deal.

In 1977-78, his first full year in Philadelphia, Dailey did not disappoint. He scored 21 goals and 36 assists for 57 points, career bests in all three categories. However, the playoffs were deemed a failure for the Flyers, who had expected to return to the Stanley Cup finals after an early exit the previous year.

The 1979-80 season appeared to be the one that would see the Flyers take their third Stanley Cup. They led the NHL in points during the season and set a record by going 35 games without a loss between October 16, 1979 and January 6, 1980, securing 25 wins and ten ties. As expected the mighty Flyers advanced to the Stanley Cup finals, but the New York Islanders, finally over their playoff jitters of the past few years, took that final step, winning the first of what would be four Cups in a row, thanks to Bob Nystrom's overtime winning goal in game six.

Dailey played one more complete season with the Flyers before a freak injury early in the 1981-82 season ultimately forced his retirement. In November 1981, Dailey fractured his ankle in a game against the Buffalo Sabres when he caught his skate in a rut while being checked.

In 1985, after being out of professional hockey for four years, Dailey attempted a comeback with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. But, after just five games, he opted to end the experiment, realizing his days as a pro hockey player were done.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1969-70 Trenton Travellers Minor-ON
1970-71 Markham Waxers ON-Jr.B
1970-71 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 36 2 3 5 36
1971-72 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 62 11 39 50 135 10 3 7 10 18
1972-73 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 60 9 55 64 200 16 9 11 20 22
1972-73 Toronto Marlboros M-Cup 3 0 1 1 19
1973-74 Vancouver Canucks NHL 76 7 17 24 143 -32
1974-75 Vancouver Canucks NHL 70 12 36 48 103 -9 5 1 3 4 14
1975-76 Vancouver Canucks NHL 67 15 24 39 119 -5 2 1 1 2 0
1976-77 Vancouver Canucks NHL 44 4 16 20 52 -16
1976-77 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 32 5 14 19 38 +16 10 4 9 13 15
1977-78 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 21 36 57 62 +45 12 1 5 6 22
1978-79 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 70 9 30 39 63 +21 8 1 2 3 14
1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 61 13 26 39 71 +30 19 4 13 17 22
1980-81 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 53 7 27 34 141 +8 7 0 1 1 18
1981-82 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 12 1 5 6 22 +4
1982-83
1983-84
1984-85
1985-86 Hershey Bears AHL 5 0 0 0 8
NHL Totals 561 94 231 325 814 63 12 34 46 105


OMJHL Second All-Star Team (1973) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1978, 1981) Traded to Philadelphia by Vancouver for Larry Goodenough and Jack McIlhargey, January 20, 1977.
Missed remainder of 1981-82 recovering from ankle injury vs. Buffalo, November 1, 1981.
Officially announced retirement, July, 1982.
Attempted comeback with Hershey (AHL), March, 1986.
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