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, originally named the Philadelphia Legends, was created in 1984 and continues to grow. Alumni can be found playing games around the world and participating in other charitable projects throughout the year.
Thank you to our wonderful alumni and sponsors for making the 2014 Flyers Alumni Golf Invitational a huge success. The event was held on June 30, 2014 at The Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown, PA. Players from over four decades spent the day golfing and mingling to raise money for local charities. Proceeds from the event benefit BLOCS (Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools), Flyers Charities, and the Philadelphia Flyers Alumni Association.
1985: The Flyers close out their Stanley Cup quarterfinal series with the New York Islanders with a 1-0 win at the Spectrum in Game Five. Ilkka Sinisalo's early second period tally stands as the only goal for either team. Pelle Lindbergh notches his second shutout of the series, turning back all 25 shots he faces with no margin for error in the one-goal game. Mark Howe, who plays nearly 33 minutes, earns third-star honors.
1995: A three-goal outburst in the first period, featuring two tallies and an assist by Rod Brind'Amour and one goal by Eric Lindros, powers the Flyers to a 4-3 road win over the Hartford Whalers. After the Whalers come back to tie at 3-3, Karl Dykhuis pots the game winner with 3:11 left in the third period.
2006: The Flyers tie up their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the Buffalo Sabres at two games apiece with a 5-4 home win. For the second straight game, Peter Forsberg almost singlehandedly wills the Flyers to victory after the team trails early in the game. Forsberg's two goals and one assist lead the way statistically but the stats alone don't tell the full story. Forsberg's electrifying late first-period shift -- culminating with him setting up Eric Desjardins for a goal after Forsberg stickhandles around all five Sabres skaters and encircles the entire offensive zone -- electrifies the crown and dramatically alters the momentum of the game.
2008: The goaltending heroics of Martin Biron (32 saves) enable the Flyers to build a two games to one lead over the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Flyers win, 3-2, despite getting outshot by a 34-14. Young Habs goaltender Carey Price struggles and is replaced by Jaroslav Halak after stopping nine of 12 shots. Scottie Upshall, Mike Richards (shorthanded) and R.J. Umberger score the goals for Philly.
FLYERS ALUM BIRTHDAY
A former Flyers captain and the first overall pick in the 1975 NHL Draft, Mel Bridgman was born in Trenton, Ontario on April 28, 1955 and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario and Victoria, British Columbia. For a career retrospective, see his Flyers Heroes of the Past profile on the Flyers official website.