Propp Proud Of Past Feats

Posted: June 02, 1997

He is the Flyers' No. 2 all-time goal scorer. He holds the Flyers' record for most points in the playoffs.

Despite his prominent place in the Flyers' record book, however, many Flyers fans probably wouldn't identify Brian Propp as holding these positions.

During his 10 seasons with the Flyers, Propp scored 369 goals, runner-up only to Bill Barber's 420.

In 1987, the last time the Flyers reached the Stanley Cup finals, Propp scored 28 points. The Flyers lost to Edmonton in seven games.

Propp believes he might be underappreciated because he wasn't among the top 10 interviews in the Flyers' locker room.

``The way I played, I just did my job,'' Propp said. ``We had a lot of guys, like Dave Poulin, who handled the press well. I'm proud of what I accomplished. I'm content to let that do the talking.''

In the '87 finals, Propp contributed four assists in the Flyers' 4-3 victory in Game 5 that prevented Edmonton from clinching the Stanley Cup.

By the finals, the Flyers were without the injured Tim Kerr (363 career goals). Coach Mike Keenan and rookie goaltender Ron Hextall took the Flyers as far as they could go.

``Keenan relied on his good players, if they were playing well,'' Propp said. ``If they weren't playing well, they sat. Before the finals, he told six or seven of us, `It's up to you guys, you have to do it.'

``Keenan wore on some people after a couple of years. But if he yelled at you, the next day he would explain why.''

Propp retired after the 1994-95 season. He is general manager of a new ice rink scheduled to open this summer in Medford, N.J. Propp will be an instructor at the rink's summer hockey camps.

After leaving the NHL, Propp was a player-coach in France for one season. He and his wife, Kristen, live in Mount Laurel, N.J., with their 1-year-old daughter, Paige Nicole.

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