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.

TODAY IN FLYERS HISTORY: MARCH 5

1973: The Flyers acquire defensive forward Terry Crisp from the New York Islanders in exchange for Jean Potvin and Glen Irwin.
 
1975: Rick MacLeish's fifth career hat trick helps the Flyers sink the Minnesota North Stars, 9-2, in Minneapolis. Bobby Clarke racks up two goals and two assists in the same game.
 
1985: Brian Propp records the fifth hat trick of his NHL career, lifting the Flyers to a 5-4 win over Kelly Hrudey and the New York Islanders. Dave Poulin scores the winning goal at 2:18 of overtime off a feed from Mark Howe.
1990: In a seemingly minor trade at the time, the Flyers trade defenseman Jay Wells and a 1991 fourth-round pick (Peter Ambroziak) to the Buffalo Sabres for Kevin Maguire and a 1990 second-round draft pick. The most important element of the trade ends up becoming the Buffalo second-round pick. The Flyers use it to select Swedish forward Mikael Renberg, who makes an immediate NHL impact upon his arrival in 1993-94.
 
1991: The Flyers acquire underachieving former Montreal Canadiens first-round pick Mark Pederson from the Habs in exchange for a 1991 second-round pick (Jim Campbell). Pederson does not live up to expectations in Philadelphia, either, but does have a fine second half of the 1991-92 season as the third member of a line with Rod Brind'Amour and Kevin Dineen.
 
1993: Rookie goaltender Tommy Soderstrom records his third shutout of the season as the visiting Flyers blank the Washington Capitals. 3-0. The game is scoreless for 50 minutes before Mark Recchi (41st goal of the season), Rod Brind'Amour (30th goal) and rookie Eric Lindros (empty net goal for his 28th tally of an injury-curtailed season) score for Philly. Soderstrom stops all 36 shots he faces.
 
1994: The Flyers trade former 1st round pick Claude Boivin and the rights to goaltender Kik Daubenspeck to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for veteran defensive forward Mark Lamb.
 
2002: In a swap of minor league players, the Flyers trade defenseman Joe DiPenta to the Atlanta Thrashers for forward Jarrod Skalde.
 
2014: The Flyers trade former Barry Ashbee Trophy winning defenseman Andrej Meszaros to the Boston Bruins for a conditional draft pick which ends up becoming a 2014 third-round selection (Mark Friedman).
 
 
FLYERS ALUMNI BIRTHDAYS
 
A fan favorite throughout his stint with the Flyers, third-line left winger Shjon Podein was born in Rochester, Minnesota, on March 5, 1968. Signed by the Flyers as a free agent in the summer of 1994, Podein proved to be a valuable two-way role player for the team for the next four-plus seasons. 
 
Podein quickly became one of the NHL top penalty killers and shutdown wingers to the point that Brett Hull once deemed him the most underrated defensive forward in the league. He also had some offensive pop to his game scoring between 11 to 15 goals in all three of his 82-game campaigns with the Flyers. 
 
While Podein worked well wherever he was used in the lineup, his greatest success came as a member of the Minnesota Line with Joel Otto and Trent Klatt.  Podein also chipped in five goals and 14 points in 51 career playoff games with the Flyers.
 
Podein's Flyers career came to an end on Nov. 12, 1998. The team traded him to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for feisty right winger Keith Jones. The deal worked out for both players and teams. Podein won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2000-01. That same year, he was also awarded the NHL's King Clancy Trophy for his tireless charity and community work. 
 
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Russian center Anatoli Semenov was born in Moscow on March 5, 1962. Although he never put up big stats in the NHL, he was a smart two-way finesse player with good puck skills. The Flyers acquired Semenov from the Anaheim Ducks on March 8, 1995 in exchange for offensive defenseman Milos Holan.
 
Over parts of two seasons with the Flyers, Semenov dressed in 70 games for Terry Murray's team, posting four goals and 19 points. He periodically filled in on the top line between John LeClair and Mikael Renberg when Eric Lindros missed time with injuries. In 15 games in the 1995 Stanley Cup playoffs, Semenov posted two goals and six points. 
 
On March 19, 1996, the Flyers returned Semenov to Anaheim. In return, the Flyers received power forward prospect Brian Wesenberg.
 
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The late Pat "Hopalong" Hannigan was born on March 5, 1936 in Timmins, Ontario. An original Flyer who played for the club during its inaugural 1967-68 season and part of its second campaign, the right winger was a scrappy little two-way role player who played most of two NHL seasons with the New York Rangers before the Flyers selected him in the 1967 expansion draft.
 
As a Flyer, Hannigan dressed in 65 regular season games and all seven playoff matches the club played in 1967-69. During the regular season, he had 11 goals, 26 points and 36 penalty minutes for coach Keith Allen's club. In the postseason, he had one goal, three points and nine penalty minutes in a war of a series that the Flyers eventually lost to the St. Louis Blues.
 
The following season, Hannigan dressed in seven games for the Flyers, getting injured on opening night before returning for six games in late November to early December.  On March 2, 1969, the Flyers sold his contract to Vancouver of the Western League circuit.
 
Hannigan also played one NHL game for the Toronto Maple Leafs before his stints with the Rangers and Flyers. After his playing days ended, Hannigan worked as a television hockey analyst for the Buffalo Sabres, where he was paired with Ted Darling.
 
On Dec, 11, 2007, Hannigan passed away at age 71.

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