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

 

 

 

 

Toyota Flyers Charity Classic: Donate Until July 31

Thank you to the 1,500-plus participants, dozens of sponsors and hundreds of donors for the 2017 Toyota Flyers Charity Classic.  It's still not too late to make a donation in the name(s) of your favorite Flyers Alumni. All proceeds go to help Snider Hockey build the future Edward M. Snider Flyers Alumni Rink.

 

Donations will be accepted until July 31. Participating Flyers Alumni: Bernie Parent, Bob Clarke, Daniel Briere, Paul Holmgren, Brad Marsh, Bill Clement, Ian Laperriere, Joe Watson, Bob Kelly, Riley Cote, Neil Little, Brian Propp. For more infomation, click here.

 

 

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2017 Alumni Golf Invitational

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: Sold Out

Registration has been filled for the 2017 Flyers Alumni Fantasy Camp in Atlantic City, NJ. Each of the first two editions of this eagerly anticipated annual event also sold out, and the spots for this year's camp (Aug. 18- 21) filled quickly. All proceeds from Fantasy Camp benefit the charities and community programs supported by the Flyers Alumni Association and Flyers Charities. 

 

 

Gene Hart

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   A beloved announcer is associated with a team as much as any favorite player or coach. For Gene Hart and Flyers faithful, the love affair began from the moment the Flyers took to the ice in 1967. To millions of listeners, he is as much a part of Flyers lore as Bobby Clarke or Ed Snider.


   Born in New York on June 28, 1931, Hart was a graduate of Pleasantville (N.J.) High School a
hart 3nd Trenton State College (with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education). The man who became known as the Voice by calling more than 2,000 games, six Stanley Cup Finals, five All-Star games, and two NHL-Soviet All-Star series got his start in broadcasting more by accident than design.


   "When I got out of the military in 1957, I was officiating sports events in Atlantic County—football, bas
eball, basketball," Hart recalled. "Just after a basketball game at Atlantic City High, I was in the Athletic Director’s office and a broadcaster named Ralph Glenn said, ‘Gee, I got a problem. I have to go up and do a game alone in Trenton on Tuesday.’ So I said, ‘I’ll go along.’"


   That chance encounter turned him into a regular in the three-man South Jersey broadcast team of Hart, Glenn, and Al Owen. Like an actor waiting for his big break, Hart kept his day job, which included teaching in the New Jersey public school system, selling cars, operating a radio station, and working as the assistant public relations director and announcer for Aquarama in South Philadelphia.


   When Philadelphia landed an NHL franchise, Hart submitted some audition tapes. Short on cash, the Flyers couldn’t afford to bring in an experienced Canadian announcer as some of the new teams did. They needed someone whose job was flexible enough to allow him to announce Flyers games on the side.


   "And," Hart explained, "they needed someone who wasn’t too concerned with how much money he made or didn’t make." He got the gig for $50 a game. For him, it was the opportunity of a lifetime.  "One day, here’s Gene Hart doing high school sports in South Jersey. The next day, I’m exactly the same talent—no better, no worse—but I’m doing the National Hockey League in Philadelphia."  Hart was grateful for the chance, but figured he was an interim solution until the club could afford a big time talent. As it turns out, Hart was big time talent. From the team's inception through the 1994-95 season, he was in the broadcast booth to announce every pass, every check, and, of course, every goal with his trademark cry. Two years after his retirement, he returned to the broadcast booth to call games for the Philadelphia Phantoms, the Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate, on cable during the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons.


   As much a part of the team as the players yet as much a fan as anyone who ever listened to his broadcasts, Hart’s unique style and enthusiasm earned him a place in the Flyers Hall of Fame in February 1992 and in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997. Hart passed away on July 14, 1999, after battling a variety of illnesses.

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