Flyers Greats Hit the Links for You Too Animal Rescue

Due to a scheduling conflict over Easter weekend, the Flyers Alumni benefit hockey game at the Rink at Lehigh Valley to support You Too Animal Rescue was rescheduled for September. In the meantime, the Alumni are supporting the cause in a variety of other ways. 
Bernie Parent, who is one of the organization's most ardent supporters, did an autograph-signing fundraiser earlier this year on behalf of the animal rescue. On July 16, Joe Watson and Bob "the Hound" Kelly will be the featured attractions at a golfing event at Wedgewood Golf Course in Coopersburg, PA. Participation is open to the public ($75 fee) with a July 9 registration deadline. 
You Too Animal Rescue is a group of volunteers who have been working from their homes for the past few years. In 2014, they rescued and found homes for 175 cats and kittens and 10 dogs. They recently obtained non-profit status, which will help with raising money. Right now, all money raised has gone directly to medical bills. Food, transportation and other expenses come from the volunteers.   While their main focus has been and spaying and neutering, a goal this year is to get a much-needed building, which will be a lot easier for the animals and volunteers. 

Sarah Therien's Greatest Gift Benefited a Nation

By Bill Meltzer
Note: This article was published on on June 18, 2015.
This week marks the ninth anniversary of the passing of Chris Therien's 32-year-old sister, Sarah Beth Therien, in Ottawa from sudden cardiac arrest. 
Sarah, a longtime employee of the Canada Safety Council, was a bright, energetic and seemingly healthy young woman when she lapsed into unconsciousness following the onset of a heart arrhythmia. She never awoke. Parents Emile and Beth Therien were faced with the unspeakably painful decision of whether to keep her on breathing machines or to donate her organs so that others might live. The Theriens honored her spirit by choosing the latter on June 17, 2006.

Ex-Flyer Saleski Now Dedicated to Helping Inner-City Students

By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Don Saleski, the scrappy former Flyers forward affectionately known as Big Bird during his playing days, has spread his wings.
As a result, thousands of teenagers, primarily from the inner city, are benefiting through scholarships that pay for most of their tuition to parochial grade schools and high schools in the Philadelphia area.
Forty years after he was on a Flyers team that won its second straight Stanley Cup, Saleski now is a partner with a company that processes payments for hospitals, but he also finds time to be chairman of Business Leaders Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS), which last year raised $10 million to help put 5,500 children though Catholic schools.

Philadelphia Flyers Alumni Fantasy Camp 2015

The first-ever Philadelphia Flyers Alumni Fantasy Camp is set for August 21-24 in Atlantic City, NJ. This unique event will provide adult hockey players with the opportunity to interact with Flyers legends both on and off the ice. Proceeds from Fantasy Camp will benefit Flyers Charities.
Dates: Friday, August 21st – Monday, August 24th, 2015. Registration deadline is Monday, June 1st.
Location: Flyers Skate Zone at Atlantic City, 501 N. Albany Ave., Atlantic City, NJ
Bally's Atlantic City - 1900 Boardwalk, Atlantic City NJ
Age/Skill Levels: This event is open to adult hockey players (both male and female), ages 21 and over. There will be four teams consisting of 18 players each. Each team will be coached by two Flyers Alumni members. When registering, all players will be asked for their skill ranking (A, B, or C) to ensure equal skill levels across all four teams.
Registration: Interested players are encouraged to complete an online registration form HERE. Within five business days of completing the registration, participants will be contacted by the Flyers to process payment.  Read on to view more information and see what great features are included.

38th Anniversary Memorial: The Life and Career of Barry Ashbee

By Bill Meltzer
Note: The retrospective below is an updated version of an article originally published on on January 16, 2007.
When many casual fans and youngsters come to the Wells Fargo Center and glance up at the Flyers' retired jersey banners in the rafters, there is one name that may seem out of place.
Every Flyers fan knows of the exploits of Hall of Fame members Bobby Clarke, Bernie Parent, Bill Barber and Mark Howe. But who was that other guy – Number 4, Barry Ashbee? 
A glance at The Hockey Encyclopedia does not reveal much that would seem to suggest that Ashbee was one of the team's all-time greats. He was a 31-year-old NHL rookie who played four seasons in the league and had 15 career goals and 85 career points. Sure, Ashbee was named an NHL second team All-Star in 1973-74, but does that alone merit having your number retired, let alone being enshrined in the Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Fame? 
To be sure, there are other deserving candidates for the honor of having their jersey numbers retired: Jimmy Watson, Tim Kerr, Rick MacLeish, and Brian Propp were all crucial Flyers players during their respective Philadelphia careers. Cases could also be made for Joe Watson, Eric Desjardins, Gary Dornhoefer, and Ron Hextall for their long, loyal and productive service to the team. 
While many of the aforementioned names are members of the Flyers Hall of Fame, none have had their jerseys retired. Ashbee, however, was posthumously awarded both honors. So, again, who was this Barry Ashbee?