Bill Barber was converted to Left Wing from his Center position by Philadelphia Flyers Head Coach, Fred Shero. As it turned out, the move put him on a first line with Bobby Clarke, and Barber never looked back. He was a strong player who was punishing when he needed to be (he was a member of the Broad Street Bullies after all), was offensively skilled and was underappreciated for his defensive skills. The NHL recognized his ability by naming him to three Post Season All Star teams and he was a major part of the Flyers two Stanley Cup wins. Barber was forced to retire early at the age of 31 due to the deterioration of his left knee. It prevented him from getting to the magical 1,000 point mark, but the Hall recognized his overall talent and he got inducted in 1990.
The Bullet Points: Country of Origin: Callander, Ontario, Canada
Elected In: 1990
Position: Left Wing
Played for: Philadelphia Flyers Team Canada (1976 Canada Cup)
Major Accolades and Awards: First Team All Star (1) (1976) Second Team All Star (2) (1979 & 1981) All Star Games (6) (1975, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981 & 1982) Stanley Cup Rings (2) (Philadelphia Flyers 1974 & 1975)
Should Bill Barber be in the Hall of Fame?
I totally agree with this induction. - 60%
I am fine with this induction. - 20%
I do not agree with this induction, but it does not bother me. - 0%