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Tom Bladon
Tom Bladon
Defenseman
Number: 4
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 195
Shoots:
Born: Dec 29, 1952
Birthplace: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by Detroit on January 14, 1981.
Drafted: PHI / 1972 NHL Amateur Draft
Round: 2nd (23rd overall)
Tom Bladon played his junior hockey with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WCJHL from 1970 to 1972. During that time, the young defender established himself as a solid, offensive threat from the blueline.

The Philadelphia Flyers picked him up in the 1972 Entry Draft and he went right to work for the club the following year. The success of his rookie campaign was a welcome experience for Bladon although the longer-term fallout didn't always make life easy. Because he netted most of his 42 points during that first year while on the right point on power plays, comparisons were frequently made with another famous blueliner who'd scored about the same number of points from the same post--Bobby Orr.

But Tom Bladon, by his own admission, was no Bobby Orr. On a good day, there were few rearguards who were as offensively effective. But on his off nights, which were not infrequent, he appeared to fight the puck as though dumbstruck by its arrival.

Through the highs and lows, however, Bladon fought on. On the upside, he savoured two Stanley Cup victories with the "Broad Street Bullies" in 1974 and 1975. On the down side, his medications, one for allergies and the other for sleeping, were incorrectly mixed during the 1974-75 campaign. He was skating around like a slug for some time. The fans would boo him at every turn until the problem was discovered and corrected.

Bladon hung on with the Flyers until 1978. He was then traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins where he played one final season of less-than-stellar hockey. The following year, he put in brief showings with Edmonton, Winnipeg and Detroit before heading down to Adirondack of the AHL where he retired in 1981.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80