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.

Then and Now: Robert Esche

By Bill Meltzer
 
Over the course of his four seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, goaltender Robert Esche brought to the organization a fiery competitiveness, a big and athletic frame and an appreciation for what it meant to be part of a team with a winning tradition and lofty expectations among fans. Along the way, he shared the Jennings Trophy (lowest goals against average) in 2002-03 and backstopped the team to within one win of the Stanley Cup Final the next year.
 
To this day, Esche holds the memories of his time with the Flyers close to his heart.
 
"I loved every second of it," he says. "I always thought of myself as a Flyer. I still do, actually. They breed that in you when you play there. I would have liked to be there longer. I would have loved to be a lifer with the Flyers because it's such a great organization and an unbelievable place to play."

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.