Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Bill Barber was born on July 11, 1952, in Callander. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1972 (the No. 7 draft pick that year). Originally a Centre, he was converted to the position of Left Wing. His finest season was 1975-76, tallying 50 goals and 62 assists. The Flyers won their second consecutive Stanley Cup with Barber registering six goals and seven assists for 13 points in the playoffs.
Good technique, proper positioning, and hockey smarts gave Barber a knack for being in the right place at the right time as his 31 career shorthanded goals (second in team history to Bobby Clarke’s 32) attest. One of Barber’s most famous goals was the one he scored for Team Canada against Czechoslovakia to send the final game of the 1976 Canada Cup into overtime. Darryl Sittler scored the winning goal, but it was Barber’s goal that gave Team Canada the opportunity to capture its first Canada Cup Championship.
A seven-time All-Star, Barber was forced to retire following the 1983-84 season because of a knee injury. He is the Flyers’ all-time leader in regular season goals (420) and playoff goals (53) and ranks third in assists (463), second in points (883), and second in games (903). In 1986, the Flyers retired his No. 7 jersey and in 1989, Barber was inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame. The following year he was immortalized in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
His career in hockey continued as head coach for the Philadelphia Phantoms, the Flyers’ AHL affiliate. He led the team to the AHL championship during the 1997-98 season. Barber also has served the Flyers as director of pro scouting (1988-89 to 1995-96), assistant coach (1985-86 through 1987-88 and January 1994 through 1994-95) and head coach (2000-2001). He is currently the Director of Player Personnel for the Tampa Bay Lightning.