Letter from the President
It is hard to believe that it's already been 35 years since the Philadelphia Flyers completed a North American sport record 35-game unbeaten streak in the 1979-80 season, extending from October 1979 to early 1980 of the following year. I cannot fathom how our Alumni who played on that team under the late Pat Quinn were able to accomplish that feat, which may never be broken. The record required an incredible level of teamwork, dedication and perseverance.
In similar fashion, Thanks to everyone's support, the Flyers Alumni continues to thrive as an organization. We look forward to even bigger and better things in the year to come. My best wishes for a healthy and successful 2015 go out to all of you.
For the past three years, I have had the pleasure of serving as President of the Flyers Alumni. It has been both rewarding and enjoyable renewing acquaintances with former Flyers teammates and building new friendships with other Flyers Alumni whom I've gotten to know and work with during my tenure. We have built one of the strongest and most vital Alumni organizations in the NHL.
The time has come to pass the torch to a new generation of Flyers Alumni to continue building on our past success. Toward that end, Todd Fedoruk has taken over as the President, Brian Propp has joined the Board as Secretary and Brian Boucher has become the new executive vice president. I will remain on the board as treasurer. Bob Kelly also continues to serve on the board.
Hound and Bob Dailey have put in a lot of hard work in their service to the leadership group, and deserve recognition from all of us for their outstanding efforts.
As a group, the entire Alumni organization leadership team is eager to build upon our track record of supporting the Greater Philadelphia community and in maintaining and strengthening the strong bonds we've forged with our membership, sponsors and the community as a whole.
The capstone our success is the annual Flyers Alumni Golf Invitational event. We’ve had three major tournaments which have raised $450,000 for charity with funds equally distributed to our partners – Flyers Charities, Flyers Alumni and BLOCS (Business Leaders Organized for Catholic Schools).
In my tenure as President, what has been most gratifying is the overwhelming support of over 50 Alumni living all across N. America, along with Mikael Renberg in Sweden, coming together to joining us for the Alumni Golf Invitational. Players representing five different decades of the Flyers' history have joined as one extended family to support worthy causes while enjoying the camaraderie.
Our sponsors have frequently told me that they strongly believe this is the best Golf Tournament they participate in each year, and it’s because of the great attitude each Alumni brings to the event.
Throughout the year, we also make significant contributions -- both of time and money -- to a host of worthy charities in the Greater Philadelphia Community. For example, the Alumni recently participated in several charitable endeavors during the holiday season. Additionally, Joe Watson continues to lead the Flyers Alumni Hockey Team. Through a busy schedule of games, the Team builds Alumni visibility and raises significant amounts of money for numerous charities in our community.
Please enjoy reading this newsletter to learn about the specifics of the Alumni's recent philanthropic activities.
Additionally, we have greatly expanded the content on our FlyersAlumni.org website. The site now includes fresh content each day, including a daily Today in Flyer's History feature under the History section -- these features highlight memorable Flyers games and trades that took place on that day as well as spotlighting the birthdays and/or In Memoriam dates for all players in team history.
The news section of the Flyersalumni.org website features a monthly "Then and Now" feature on the Flyers careers and post-hockey activities of Flyers Alumni as well as regular features on Alumni activities in the community throughout the month.