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.



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.


1975: The Flyers breeze to a 3-0 shutout win over the lowly Kansas City Scouts, outshooting KC by a 45-16 margin in the process. Rick MacLeish, Andre "Moose" Dupont and Terry Crisp score the goals. Wayne Stephenson earns the shutout.
1988: Rick Tocchet notches his third career hat trick, hitting the 30-goal plateau for the season, in a 7-3 road win over the Vancouver Canucks.  Peter Zezel compiles three assists.
1988: The Flyers acquire offensive defenseman Willie Huber from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Paul Lawless and Vancouver's previously acquired 1989 fifth-round draft pick (Peter White). Huber goes on to experience a brief late-career revival with the Flyers, posting 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 10 games down the stretch.
1997; Trent Klatt scores his first NHL hat trick in a nationally televised 5-5 tie on the road against the Boston Bruins. The Flyers are unable to protect a two-goal lead in the third period and settle for one point. Mikael Renberg and Shjon Podein also tally for Philly. Klatt's three goals give him 20 for the season.
2001: Roman Cechmanek posts a 26-save shutout in a 2-0 win over the visiting Buffalo Sabres.  Second-period goals by Keith Primeau and Eric Desjardins are all the Czech goalie needs. Daymond Langkow and Mark Recchi assist on both goals.
2003: Jeremy Roenick's goal exactly one minute into overtime -- Roenick's second tally of the game -- lifts the Flyers to a 3-2 road win over the Boston Bruins. Earlier in the game, Donald Brashear gives the Flyers a 2-1 lead in the second period.
2003: The Flyers reacquire defenseman Dmitri Yushkevich. Philadelphia trades a 2003 fourth-round pick and a 2004 seventh-rounder to the Los Angeles Kings.
Quebecois power forward Claude Boivin was born on March 1, 1970 in  Ste. Foy, Quebec. Drafted by the Flyers in the first round of the 1988 NHL Draft, Boivin's early career suffered a major setback when he suffered a complete ACL tear. He never lived up to his potential and settled into more of an enforcer's role than his originally projected role of being a tough forward who could also score at the NHL level. In 114 games with the Flyers,Boivin posted 29 points (11 goals, 29 points) and 320 penalty minutes.
Defenseman Jeff Lank was born on March 1, 1975 in Indian Head, Sask. Drafted by the Flyers in the ninth round of the 1995 NHL Draft, Lank spent most of his career in the organization as a no-frills defensive defenseman with the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms. He also dressed in a pair of NHL games for the Flyers in 1999-2000.
Haitian-born, Canadian-raised forward Claude Vilgrain was born March 1, 1963 in Port-au-Prince. Signed as a free agent in the summer of 1993, Vilgrain played in two regular season games for the Flyers during the latter part of the 1993-94 season. 
The late Allan Stanley finished his Hall of Fame career with the Flyers in 1968-69. Born in Timmins, Ont., on March 1, 1926,  Stanley spent 20-plus seasons in the NHL as a standout defenseman. He won four Stanley Cups and twice earned second-team NHL All-Star honors in a career than 1,244 regular season games and 109 playoff games. In his one season in Philadelphia, a 42-year-old Stanley posted four goals and 17 points in 64 regular season games and dressed in three of four playoff games.  Stanley passed away on Oct. 18, 2013 at the age of 87.

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