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

 

 

 

Flyers Alumni Team: Season Starts Sept. 30

The annual series of Flyers Alumni Team benefit games throughout the Delaware Valley gets underway on Sept. 30, 2017. To help celebrate the start of the Philadelphia Blazers' season, the Flyers Alumni will play against the Blazers' coaches at the Flyers Skate Zone in Northeast Philadelphia. The Flyers Community Caravan will also be on hand outside the Skate Zone, with inflatables, games and more for the entire family. Game time is 12:20 p.m. ET. We will announce our full schedule soon.

 

 

Flyers to Retire No. 88

Nearly 600 players have worn the Flyers' crest to date. The Flyers Alumni Association congratulates Eric Lindros on becoming just the sixth to have his jersey number retired. It is a well-deserved honor for No. 88. The ceremony will take place on Jan. 18, 2018 at the Wells Fargo Center.

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. 
 
Sincerely Yours,
 
DON SALESKI

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