Upcoming Events

3/7/15: University of Delaware Ice Arena - 7:00 p.m. (benefits Junior Achievement of Delaware)
 
4/4/15:  The Rink at Lehigh Valley in Whitehall, PA - 2:00 p.m. (benefits You Too Animal Rescue) 
 
4/12/15: NE Philadelphia Skate Zone - 1:30 p.m. (benefits NHS Human Services)
 
4/25/15: Voorhees NJ Skate Zone - 1:10 p.m.

Flyers Hall of Fame: Desjardins Honored for 11 Years of Excellence

By Bill Meltzer
 
Poise, intelligence, two-way savvy, unfailing professionalism and a quietly competitive nature were the hallmarks of defenseman Eric Desjardins during a stellar 1,143-game NHL career that saw him spend 10-plus seasons and 738 regular season games in a Flyers uniform.
 
On Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, Desjardins will take his place in the Flyers' Hall of Fame, joining fellow 1990s era standouts Eric Lindros and John LeClair as well as former goaltender Ron Hextall. During his playing career, the player nicknamed "Rico" -- as in the early 1990s hit song "Rico Suave" --  won seven Barry Ashbee Trophies as the Flyers' best defenseman, played in three NHL All-Star Games (two as a Flyer) and won the Yanick Dupre Memorial Class Guy Award in 1998-99.

Retrospective: Hill Makes History With Record-Smashing NHL Debut

By Bill Melzer
Note: This article is a revised and updated version of a story that originally ran on Flyers.NHL.com on Feb. 18, 2008.
 
Al Hill was a versatile depth forward for the Philadelphia Flyers. Primarily a checking forward, he could play wing or center and could be plugged into any line without looking out of place.  He was reliable in his own of the ice, took the body willingly, dropped the gloves when necessary and could chip in the occasional clutch goal.
 
The lanky Nanaimo, British Columbia native was a respectable, but far from dominating goal scorer in junior hockey and the American Hockey League. He spent portions of seven seasons with the Flyers from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, including three uninterrupted campaigns with the big club. 
 
In Hill’s 221-game NHL career, he had a modest 40 goals and 95 points.  But for one magical night, he was the best player in the NHL. The game, played on February 14, 1977 against the St. Louis Blues, also happened to be the player’s NHL debut.  

Update: Flyers Alumni in the Community

By Bill Meltzer
 
The Flyers Alumni have a busy schedule of community events on the agenda in 2015, while the Alumni hockey team continues its tradition of playing benefit games throughout the area to support a variety of worthy charitable and community-based organizations around the greater Delaware Valley region.
 
Two of the more diverse recent events took place within the span of 24 hours. The common thread: Supporting the youth of our community.
 
On Feb. 9, Flyers Alumni stalwarts and Flyers Ambassadors Bob "the Hound" Kelly and Todd "Fridge" Fedoruk conducted an open skate at the new Horizon Riverfront Rink in Wilmington. 
 
The event was open to youth hockey players ages 12 and under and their families. During the evening, Hound and Fridge  skated and provided instruction to the children on the ice. There were special ticket and autographed merchandise giveaways.

20th Anniversary: Blockbuster Trade With Habs Keys Flyers Turnaround Season

The Philadelphia Flyers' organization is one that is always very aware of its historical milestones. The inductions of Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Eric Desjardins into the Flyers Hall of Fame during the 2014-15 season was perfectly timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the season that marked a key turning point in franchise history.
 
February 9, 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the blockbuster trade with the Montreal Canadiens that brought LeClair and Desjardins to Philadelphia. The moves were the capstone of a quick and dramatic turnaround marked by reshaping of the entire Flyers' blueline and the surprise emergence of LeClair as an NHL superstar after being a role player in Montreal. 
 
On the whole, the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season ended up being a major positive shift in the Flyers' on-ice fortunes. That was the year where Philly, after five years of missing the playoffs, re-emerged as a Stanley Cup contender.