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. 

 

 

Joe Watson

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   Joe Watson played his junior hockey with the Estevan Bruins of the SJHL in 1962-63. The following year, he turned pro in the CHL with the Minneapolis Bruins. Over the two campaigns that followed, he caught a brief tryout with the Boston Bruins between longer outings with Minneapolis and, later, the Oklahoma Blazers.


   In 1966-67, Watson's persistence finally earned him a full-time spot as a sixth and seventh defenseman with the gradually strengthening Bruins. But when the Expansion Draft was held at the end of the campaign, the young rearguard was left unprotected. As such, Flyers' GM Bud Poile spotted a solid defensive prospect in young Watson.


   In Philly, he found his spiritual centre as a charter member of the Flyers who added stability to his club's new blueline corps. Over the years that followed, he became a defensive workhorse who helped keep his team respectable until their Stanley Cup pieces began to fall into place during the early 1970s.


   During those years, Watson became a reliable rearguard who employed a steady positional style of play, highlighted by a daring streak as a fearless shot blocker. He also exhibited a contagiously positive team attitude that won him the favor of his fans. In 1974 and 1975, his foundational contribution to his team came to complete fruition with Stanley Cup victories at the conclusion of both seasons.


   Watson continued with the Flyers until 1979. At age 35, he was traded to the youth-riddled Colorado Rockies who where looking to the veteran rearguard to teach their young blueline corps how to play good old-fashioned defense.


   Just 16 games into his first campaign, while playing against St. Louis, Watson chased a loose puck near the end of the ice. The Blues' Wayne Babych checked him against the boards, leaving the fallen rearguard with the worst broken leg in NHL history. His thighbone was shattered into 14 pieces and his kneecap was split in two. Watson's career on ice was over, but he has maintained a presence in the hockey community, specifically in the Flyers organization, for many years.

 

Click here for Joe Watson's statistics.

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