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 Members: Brian Boucher, Todd Fedoruk, Paul Holmgren, Bob Kelly, 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: Registration open

Registration is now open for the 2017 Flyers Alumni Golf Invitational. The event will take place on June 26, 2017 at Dupont Country Club in Wilmington, DE. Proceeds will benefit BLOCS, Flyers Charities and the Flyers Alumni Association. To register for this year's event, click here.

 

 

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.

 

 

Barry Ashbee

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     Ashbee had played 14 games with Boston in 1965-66 but was soon returned to Hershey where he was in the middle of a seven-year tour of duty there. The Flyers acquired him from the Bears and he became not only one of the more reliable defensemen in the league but among the most popular athletes in the city. He was as tough as any "Broad Street Bully" of that generation, and in February 1973 he was suspended for eight games for striking referee Bryan Lewis because he was upset with a penalty call.

     Ashbee played on the 1973-74 team that won the Stanley Cup, but his absence from the clinching game was because of an horrific career-ending eye injury he suffered April 28, 1974. In a semi-final game against the Rangers, just days after being named to the NHL's second all-star team, he was hit flush in the eye by a Dale Rolfe shot. The following year, his number 4 was retired by the club, and he became one of the team's assistant coaches.

     In April 1977, doctors gave Ashbee the devastating news that he had leukemia, and he passed away one month later.  A Memorial scholarship fund was established in his honor.  To this day, the Barry Ashbee trophy is awarded annually to the best defenseman on the Flyers, and Ashbee is also a member of the Flyers Hall of Fame.

 

Click here for Barry Ashbee's statistics.

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