Myre in the books for good

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:34 PM ET

Most records are made to be broken.

But Phil Myre has one on the books that may never be challenged.

As part of a goaltending tandem with Pete Peeters, Myre was part of a Philadelphia Flyers team that put together a 35-game unbeaten streak.

"I don't think it'll ever be broken because we had no overtime then and we had 10 ties," Myre said of the 1979-80 streak.

"Pete Peeters split it up. I had 18 and he had 17. We went to the finals that year but lost to the Islanders when they won their first Cup."

Selected fifth overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1966 draft, Myre broke into the bigs with the Habs two years later.

"I turned pro in 1968 with the Canadiens and played there until '72," said Myre, who picked up a Stanley Cup ring in '71.

"I didn't get to play but it was fun to be a part of it.

"It was a great breeding ground for kids like me. We had Jean Beliveau, John Ferguson, Yvan Cournoyer, Ken Dryden. It was a great team.

"It was quite an experience for a 20-year-old."

Myre suited up with the Atlanta Flames from 1972-78 before moving on to St. Louis, Philadelphia, Colorado (Rockies) and Buffalo.

At 57 years of age, Myre returned to the pipes yesterday for the Esso 3-on-3 Pond Hockey Classic.

But despite his best efforts, Team (Al) MacNeil finished 0-2.

"I might be the oldest of the whole group," he said.

"I felt every minute of it."

Myre, who keeps himself in top shape, sure didn't play like a greying veteran.

"I'm in good shape for a civilian," he cracks, "but not for a goalie."

Myre has made his home in Detroit since 1989 when he worked for the Detroit Red Wings as a goaltender coach and scout.

He now holds a similar position with the Florida Panthers.


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