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

 

 

 

2017 Alumni Golf: Thank you, sponsors!

At a thank you reception at the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 17, 2017, held for our 2017 Flyers Alumni Golf Invitation sponsors, the Flyers Alumni Association donated $150,000 to the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation for construction of a new rink and $36,000 to BLOCS.

 

2017 Faceoff Against Cancer

On Nov. 11, 2017, the Flyers Alumni Team will participate in the 5th Annual Faceoff Against Cancer, directly benefiting local cancer patients and their families. Join us at Hatfield Ice in Colmar, PA, for the culiminating event of the annual tourney. Bernie Parent will be on hand from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for a meet-and-greet, and the Alumni Team game starts at 12:30. For more info, click here

 

Dave Poulin

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   When young Dave Poulin hit the ice in his native Timmins, Ontario, he did so as a figure skater, an art he pursued until age eight when his family moved south to Mississauga. Once established in his new setting, he took up the game of hockey and found he could out skate all of the other lads his age but was so small physically that he was consistently cut from the local house-league teams.


   But Poulin never looked at hockey as an end. For him, it was only a means to obtain a scholarship to attend university. So he persisted with the game until Notre Dame University opened its doors and put him onto the ice where he skated for the Fighting Irish from 1978 to 1982. He then received an invitation to play for a season in Sweden, an offer he happily accepted, having been overlooked in the NHL Entry Draft.


   Poulin's coach in Sweden was Ted Sator who doubled as a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers. He liked what he saw in his new recruit and informed the Flyers who were quick to bring him on board later that season. By 1983-84, Poulin became a Flyer regular on a line with Tim Kerr and Brian Propp. He went on to establish a team record for rookie scoring with 76 points. In addition to points, his leadership, work ethic and solid two-way play won him the team's captaincy.


   Over his six-plus season in Philly, Poulin won the Frank Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, an award given to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.


   By 1989-90, however, Poulin's stock with the Flyers plummeted for inexplicable reasons. He was stripped of his captaincy and quickly dispatched to the Boston Bruins for Ken Linseman. In his first season in Beantown, Poulin and the Bruins made it to the Stanley Cup finals where they lost out to the Edmonton Oilers in 1990. He continued on with the club until signing with the Washington Capitals as a free agent in 1993. He lasted another season and a half before opting to retire to assume a post as head coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.


Click here for David Poulin's statistics.

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