Flyers Alumni History

Flyers chairman Ed Snider brought hockey back to Philadelphia in 1967 and a love affair between city and team was born. One of six expansion teams, the Flyers not only won their division in their first season, but eventually became the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup in 1974.

The Flyers Alumni Association (a 501(c)(3) organization) was originally named the Philadelphia Legends. The Association was created in 1984 and continues to grow with membership consisting of national and global former Philadelphia Flyers players.  The Alumni can be found playing games around the world and participating in other charitable projects throughout the year. 

 

Through the years, the Flyers Alumni Association has maintained a tradition of giving back to the Delaware Valley community. Charities and community organizations that have been supported in the past include St. John's Hospice, Ronald McDonald House, March of Dimes South Jersey and Junior Achievement of Delaware.

 

FLYERS ALUMNI EXECUTIVE BOARD

President: Brad Marsh
Board: Brian Boucher, Todd Fedoruk, Paul Holmgren, Bob Kelly, Brian Propp, Don Saleski

 

 

 

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Flyers Charity Classic Set for July 16, 2017

The Flyers Alumni Association is proud to participate in a major new annual summertime bicycling, running and walking event scheduled for July 16, 2017. Formed in partnership with Flyers Charities and g4 Productions, the Philadelphia Flyers Charity Classic encompasses a 5k walk or run, a 10-mile family bike ride as well as 50k and 100k bike rides. Proceeds benefit the charities and community organizations supported by the Flyers Alumni Association and Flyers Charities. Register now at https://www.bikereg.com/flyers-charity-classic.

 

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2017 Alumni Golf Invitational: A Smashing Success

Thank you all participating Flyers Alumni, sponsors and registrants at the 2017 Flyers Alumni Golf Invitational. The event took place at Dupont Country Club in Wilmington, DE. Proceeds will benefit BLOCS, Flyers Charities and the Flyers Alumni Association. 

 

 

2017 Alumni Fantasy Camp: Registration open

Registration is now open for the 2017 Flyers Alumni Fantasy Camp in Atlantic City, NJ. Each of the first two editions of this eagerly anticipated annual event have sold out, and the spots for this year's camp (Aug. 18- 21) are already filling quickly.

All proceeds benefit the charities and community programs supported by the Flyers Alumni Association and Flyers Charities. For full details on this year's camp, including participating Flyers Alumni instructor/coaches, see the top menu Fantasy Camp link or click here.

 

 

Flyers Alumni Play to Honor Lasting Memory of Jeff Burd

JeffBurdpicBy Bill Meltzer
 
Founded six years ago to honor the 2004 meningitis-related passing of 16-year-old Cherokee Chiefs hockey player Jeff Burd, the annual Alumni Memorial Game played in his honor has grown into a means of turning tragedy into a way to help others and support worthy causes. This year's Memorial was the biggest in the event's history.
 
On December 28, 2014, the Flyers Alumni played a benefit game against the Cherokee Chiefs at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to support four charities: the Jeff Burd Memorial Fund, the National Meningitis Association, USA Wounded Warriors and Wings of Steel Sled Hockey.
 
Scott McKay, the event's co-organizer and longtime Chiefs coach, recalls Jeff fondly.
 
"Jeff was a great kid with wonderful parents; a coach's dream," said McKay. "He never missed a practice or a game. He was reliable, respectful, and mature, and had a good work ethic. He was a bright kid, too, and a good student in school." 
 
Click "read more" to see the rest of the story and watch a video from the event.
 
Jeff's death hit McKay hard.  Ten years later, he still becomes emotional when talking about the circumstances of the young man's passing from meningitis.
 
"It came so suddenly. Jeff called me on a Wednesday night and said, 'Coach, I just can't make it tonight.' Now, he hadn't missed a practice in six years," McKay recounts. 
 
"I told him not to worry and it was no problem. But I wanted to know what was wrong, because I knew there had to be a reason. I asked him if he had a big project due at school or a test. Jeff said no, he wasn't feeling well and felt like he had the flu and was just very run down. We had a game on Friday and I told him to just let me know before then if he was feeling better and could make it.
 
"Jeff said his mom, Sue, was going to make him some chicken soup and he was going to lie down He wasn't going to go to school the next day. After that, he figured he would be better."
 
That was the last time Scott McKay spoke with Jeff Burd, who passed away from a form of the fast-spreading and often fatal inflammation of the protective lining of the brain and spinal cord known as meningitis. Understandably, the family was devastated.
 
"Jeff's dad, Pete, still comes to as many of our games as he can but it's too painful for his mom. However, she does come to the Alumni Memorial," said McKay.
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Now in its sixth year, the Jeff Burd Memorial benefit game has grown in scope and participation each year. Flyers Hall of Fame inductee, Brian Propp, who has known McKay for 35 years, offered to help arrange for the participation of the Flyers Alumni. McKay and the Chiefs gratefully accepted.
 
"Scott is my best friend, and he has known a lot of the Flyers and Flyers Alumni for many years. It was the least we could do to honor Jeff's memory and raise some money for four worthy causes," said Propp.
 
The Jeff Burd Memorial Fund is an educational fund co-created by the Burd family. Each year, donations and matching funds for college are awarded to the Cherokee Chiefs player with the highest academic performance in school.
 
The benefit game at the Skate Zone started at 3:40 p.m. and ran until 5:10 p.m. There was be an after-party from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Victory Bar and Grill in West Berlin, NJ (795 Route 73, phone 856-768-5454).  A $15 donation was requested for the Alumni Game, a $20 donation to the after-party or $30 for both. 
 
For more information on the Jeff Burd Memorial Alumni Game, donations, or sponsorship opportunities, contact Scott McKay (phone 609-377-6866 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Joe Ligeikis (phone 609-230-9766).
 

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