Alumni Newsletter -- Fall 2019

It's been a very exciting 2019 for the Flyers Alumni. Here are updates on the progress of some of our ongoing and new initiatives. On October 25, we will celebrate the completion of the Class of 1923 Arena renovation, in conjunction with Snider Hockey and the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Earlier this year, we launched an all-new signature event called Friday Night Fights. We had excellent attendance -- and multiple first-time attendees at the Alumni Golf Invitational in Wilmington. Additionally, the Flyers Alumni Fantasy Camp  in Atlantic City once again sold out all registration spots and the "Alumni Cup" tournament saw some of the most competitive games in the event's history.

 

Most important, we had an excellent fundraising year, thanks our great group of sponsors and the participants in our events.
 
A thank you goes out to all the Alumni who have shown their support for the Flyers Warriors team of injured and disabled veterans of every branch of the U.S. military. We just brought home a championship from the 2019 USA Hockey Warrior Classic in Las Vegas, and the City of Philadelphia presented a citation honoring the team.
 
Sadly, 2019 saw the passing of one our Alumni brethren; defenseman Larry Hale. Additionally, Dave Schultz's family needs our help in support of his nine-year-old granddaughter, Annalise, who is battling a brain tumor. On a happier note, numerous Flyers Alumni were honored this past year with inductions into various hockey and sports halls of fame.
 
If we omitted anyone, please let us know and their accomplishment will be added to the newsletter. Remember, when all is said and done, the Flyers Alumni are a family. 
 
 
BRAD MARSH
Flyers Alumni Association President
 
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ALUMNI SHOWDOWN
Celebrating the renovation project on behalf of Snider Hockey at the Class of 1923 Arena at the University of Pennsylvania -- partially made possible through the $2 million pledge that the Flyers Alumni Association made to Snider Hockey back in 2016 -- the Flyers Alumni Team participated in the Alumni Challenge at Class of 1923 Rink on Feb. 22, 2019.
 
The Alumni Challenge game featuring the Flyers Alumni Team playing a team comprised of Snider Hockey Alumni players as well as coaches. The event was held one night prior to the NHL's  2019 Stadium Series game at Lincoln Financial Field.
 
For this game, the Flyers Alumni iced a roster of 35 players, including Scott Hartnell (playing in his first Flyers Alumni game), Kimmo Timonen, Danny Briere, Nick Schultz, Brian Boucher, Joe Watson, Brad Marsh, Brian Propp and many more.
 
The National Hockey League and the Unversity of Pennsylvania also provided support toward the renovation project.
 
CLASS OF 1923 ARENA GRAND RE-OPENING CELEBRATION
The $8 million renovation of Class of 1923 Arena was completed in September. On Oct. 25, 2019, the Flyers Alumni participated in the grand re-opening of the overhauled and upgraded facility, which includes a plaque honoring Mr. Snider's legacy. The main event of the re-opening: a game featuring members of the Flyers Alumni Team and Snider Hockey Alumni vs. UPenn Alumni and UPenn hockey players. Afterwards, there was an open public skating section featuring the Flyers Alumni. Flyers mascot Gritty and legendary public address announcer Lou Nolan also took part.
 
FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS
On Friday, March 22, 2019 the Flyers Alumni and title sponsor David & Fill Financial, Inc., presented the first annual "Friday Night Fights" at 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.

Emceed by hockey historian Liam Maguire, the event celebrated old time hockey. Fans of 1970s and 1980s era tough guys interacted and shared in some stories with select Broad Street Bullies era and 1980s Flyers enforcers as well as some of their top NHL rivals. 
 
Attendees included Dave "the Hammer" Schultz, Dave Brown and his "Bruise Brothers" compatriot Daryl Stanley, longtime Bruins tough guy Terry O'Reilly,  Chris "Knuckles" Nilan and Marty McSorley.
 
2019 CDW FLYERS ALUMNI GOLF INVITATIONAL
Presented by David and Fill Financial, Inc., the sixth annual CDW Flyers Alumni Golf Invitational once again supported Snider Hockey and BLOCS. This year's event was held at Dupont Country Club in Wilmington on Thurs., June 27, 2019.
 
We had more than 50 Flyers Alumni on hand for this year's event. We're also pleased to announce that we've signed a multi-year extension agreement with Dupont to keep the event here in Wilmington in the future.

The Flyers Alumni Golf Invitational is one of the Flyers Alumni Association's signature events and crucial fundaisers on behalf of BLOCS and  Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation but the many other charities that the Alumni supports.
 
Our annual check presentation to Snider Hockey and BLOCS took place on Oct. 21 during the Flyers. Vegas game at the Wells Fargo Center. We presented a check of $175,000 to Snider Hockey and $20,000 to BLOCS.
 
2019 FLYERS ALUMNI FANTASY CAMP
 
Sold out every year of its existence, the fifth annual edition of the Flyers Alumni Fantasy Camp in Atlantic City was a four-day whirlwind of competitive hockey on the ice and off-ice fun for players and Alumni alike.  

The Alumni coaches this year consisted of two Hockey Hall of Famers (Mark Howe and Bill Barber), three Flyers Hall of Famers (Joe Watson, Barber and Howe), two of the most popular Flyers players of the 2000s (Danny Briere and current Flyers assistant coach Ian Laperriere), two first-time camp coaches (Martin Biron and Bill Clement) and three longtime NHL players turned broadcasters (Keith Jones, Clement and Biron).
 
For the third straight year, Team River River Rock Academy took home the Flyers Alumni Fantasy Camp Cup. The team, coached by Howe and Watson, defeated Team Toyota (Briere and Biron) by a 5-3 count in the championship game.

The first player to lift the championship trophy was River Rock's Steve "Cappy" Capoferri, the de facto team captain and an annual attendee at camp. Capoferri then passed it around to his teammates on the ice, in the fashion of the Stanley Cup ceremony. In the consolation game, Team CDW (Jones and Laperriere) prevailed in overtime, 8-7, against Team Tito's (Barber, Clement and Marsh). 
 
Camp participants spanned an array of ages and distances traveled to attend. Apart from the local campers, there were attendees from Saskatchewan, Alberta, Quebec and Newfoundland in Canada and from U.S. locales ranging from New York, Illinois, Virginia, Texas and California.There was also a returning female player (goaltender Heather Meister).
 
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS WARRIORS
Brad Marsh serves as the head coach of the Flyers Warriors, while Rob Baer is the assistant coach. Below is a brief timeline of what the Warriors have accomplished in less than one calendar year.
 
* Dec. 4, 2018: The first open skating/ Learn to Play clinic is held, open to all local disabled vets with an interest in playing hockey, regardless of level of prior hockey experience.
 
*  Feb. 21, 2019: The Flyers Warriors are officially created as a Flyers affiliate and presented with a $50,000 seed money check from the Flyers and the National Hockey League. The Flyers Warriors are a registered member of the USA Hockey Warriors program.
 
* Sept. 14-16, 2019: Courtesy of sponsor Toyota, the Flyers Warriors conduct a three-day training camp at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, concurrently with the Flyers' NHL camp. The team is also presented with professional-style customized uniforms. In a special ceremony, Bob Clarke presents Flyers Warriors captain Jim Young with his jersey, and the two men exchange a Flyers hat for a Flyers Warriors hat.
 
* Oct. 4-6, 2019: The Flyers Warriors participate in the 2019 USA Hockey Warrior Championship in Las Vegas, presented by famed entertainer and Vegas headliner Terry Fator. The Flyers Warriors win the championship in their tier. The team goes 5-0-0 in the tournament. In the championship game, the Flyers Warriors erased three separate one-goal deficits to defeat the Carolina Warriors, 7-3. Defenseman Nick Pidge led the way offensively, recording a hat trick.
 
USA Hockey affiliated Warrior teams from across the United States, including many that have varying degrees of NHL team affiliations, participated in the tourney. In order to participate in USA Warrior Hockey, players must be veterans of any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and have at least a 10 percent disability.

Prior to the championship game, Flyers Alumni goaltender Mike McKenna -- recently retired from playing and now a Golden Knights broadcaster -- stopped by the Flyers Warriors locker room to show his support. Another Flyers alum, Vegas assistant coach Ryan McGill, stopped over after Vegas' practice on the other rink to watch part of the championship game before a Golden Knights' coaches meeting.
 
On Oct. 9, the Flyers Warriors were celebrated by the City of Philadelphia with a special ceremony at City Hall, organized by Carlo Aragocillo (director of City Council's Veterans Advisory Commission) and attended by the City Representative and members of City Council. An official City Council Citation in honor of the Flyers Warriors was read during the ceremony. 
 
Later that night, the Flyers Warriors attended the Flyers home opener against the New Jersey Devils at the Wells Fargo Center in a club box provided by the Flyers. Thank you to the many Flyers Alumni, including Chris Therien, Dave Schultz, Riley Cote and Brian Propp for stopping by to congratulate the team on the championship and to Bernie Parent for filming a congratulations video. This meant a lot to all the guys on the team, and also to their families.
 
THANKSIVING FOOD DRIVE
 
 
Continuing what has become an annual tradition of helping the less fortunate over the holidays, members of the Flyers Alumni Association travel each November to St Francis Inn in Kensington to drop off a truckload of food to assist the organization for Thanksgiving. The Alumni and volunteers load up the truck at Sysco Foods in South Philadelphia and then delivered it to St. Francis Inn. The 2019 food drop will mark the 14th year of the annual program.
 
 
DAVIO'S DINNER WITH THE FLYERS ALUMNI
At the 2019 CDW Flyers Alumni Golf Invitational, we auctioned off a dinner experience at Davio's with the Flyers Alumni. The winning bidder was longtime Flyers Alumni supporter and friend Dan Maggiani. The dinner was held on Oct. 10, 2019. A great time was had by all and, of course all the stories told were 100 percent true and without the slighest exaggeration of a single detail.
 
On a related note, the 2019 Flyers Alumni dinner at Davio's is scheduled for Dec. 10. 
 
A MESSAGE FROM DAVE SCHULTZ AND THE SCHULTZ FAMILY
Hello to our Flyers Alumni family and Flyers fans everywhere. The webpage link below is for my sweet and wonderful 9-year-old granddaughter, Annalise.

Our world was shattered this August when Annalise was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. There are no words to express how much we love her and how much Annalise means to our family. Please help support her if you can and if you can’t, please share her story.


AmazingAnnalise.com.

From Annalise’s Mom and Dad (Dave's son, Chad, and daughter-in-law Jen):

We have set up a GoFundMe page for Annalise at:

GoFundMe.com/f/vwpbx7-amazing-annalise

All donations go to supporting Annalise’s fight. With your help, we can care for her 24/7, create moments that bring smiles to her face, and cover the mounting medical costs, therapies, and experimental treatments we’re forced to explore. This is our journey to find a cure for Annalise and other families battling pediatric brain cancer.

Thank you for joining us and keeping her going strong and totally recovering from this devastating tumor.
  
REMEMBERING LARRY HALE 
Flyers Alumni defenseman Larry "Stoney" Hale passed away of natural causes in his native British Columbia on Sept. 27. He would have celebrated his 78th birthday on Oct. 9.

Larry was born October 9, 1941 in Summerland, British Columbia. After a long stint with the Seattle Totems of the old Western Hockey League, where he was coached by Keith Allen, the Flyers claimed Hale from the Minnesota North Stars in the inter-league waiver draft on June 12, 1968.

Hale played 196 regular season games (five goals, 37 assists, 42 points, 92 penalty minutes, cumulative minus-51) for the Flyers between the 1968-69 and 1971-72 seasons. He chipped in five goals, 42 points and 90 penalty minutes in 196 regular games. Hale dressed in a total of eight playoff games for the Flyers in 1969 and 1971.

Hale he was left unprotected and was claimed from the Flyers by the Atlanta Flames in the 1972 NHL Expansion Draft. He later played six seasons in the World Hockey Association with the Houston Aeros, where he was a teammate with Gordie, Mark, and Marty Howe and coached by Bill Dineen.
 
LEACH RECEIVES ORDER OF CANADA, HONORARY DOCTORATE
Flyers Hall of Famer Reggie Leach received two prestigious honors this year. In recognition of Reggie's outstanding work in First National communities and with at-risk youth, he was among 83 Canadians to earn appointment as a Class of 2019 recipient of the Order of Canada. 
 
Several weeks early, Reggie received an honorary doctorate from Brock University. At the University of Life, Reggie has earned a Ph.D. in being a positive influence on others. His dissertation and many years field work are in offering wise advice and caring. Hockey was only the first half of Reggie's remarkable ongoing life story. Congratulations to the Riverton Rifle!
 
DESJARDINS SELECTED FOR PHILADELPHIA SPORTS HOF
 
Flyers Hall of Fame defenseman Eric Desjardins is the lone hockey player selected for induction this year as part of the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2019. The induction took place at a Nov. 7 gala at the SugarHouse Ballroom at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia.
 
Other inductees in this year's class inculde Donovan McNabb (football), Troy Vincent (football), Rasheed Wallace (basketball), Fran Dunphy (college basketball coach), Jayson Stark (baseball writer), Matthew Saad Muhammad (boxing), the late "Pope" Paul Owens (longtime Phillies general manager and field manager), and the late Frank "Home Run" Baker (early 1900s Philadelphia Athletics third baseman and Baseball Hall of Fame inductee).
 
BERNIE PARENT INDUCTED INTO QUEBEC SPORTS HOF
Already a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Flyers Hall of Fame, the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, the NHL's all-time Top 100 honorees and the subject of a postage stamp in Canada, Bernie Parent had added one more Hall to his list of inductions. In September, Bernie was inducted into the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame.
 
The Montreal native became the eighth goaltender to receive the honor, and one of only two honorees who never played for the Montreal Canadiens during his NHL career. The other inductees are Georges Vezina, Bernie's idol and mentor Jacques Plante, Bill Durnan, Patrick Roy, Ken Dryden, George Hainesworth and Martin Brodeur.
 
 
VAN IMPE SELECTED TO SASKATCHEWAN HOCKEY HOF
 
 
 
Better late than never: Flyers Hall of Fame defenseman Ed Van Impe -- the second captain in franchise history and a two-time Stanley Cup winner -- was selected to the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame's induction class of 2019. Other inductees in this year's class included Curtis Leschyshyn, Brian Skrudland, the late Keith Magnuson and longtime NHL referee Brad Watson.
 
FREDDY MEYER SELECTED TO NEW HAMPSHIRE HOCKEY HOF
In June, Flyers Alumni defenseman Freddy Meyer was selected for induction into the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey Hall of Fame as part of its induction class of 2019. Fellow NHL alumn Deron Quint was also part of this year's induction class, along with Denis Martin, longtime coach Tom Carroll, D.P. Brown in the Builder Category and Rod Ross as the Hockey Media Category inductee. 
 

JEFF CHYCHRUN HONORED IN NEPEAN SPORTS HOF

Flyers Alumni defenseman Jeff Chychrun and fellow NHL alum Jamie Baker were honored this year with induction into the Sports Hall of Fame at the venerable Nepean Sportsplex in Ottawa. They were inducted by longtime NHL defenseman Jeff Brown. "Chych", "Bakes" and Brown grew up playing minor hockey together and maintained their friendship through their pro hockey careers and beyond.

 

MIKE PELUSO SELECTED TO NORTH DAKOTA SPORTS HALL OF FAME

 

On Aug. 19, 2019, Flyers Alumni forward Mike Peluso was selected for induction into the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame. He is one of four inductees as part of the Class of 2020. The induction ceremony will take place at the Jamestown Civic Center on June 13, 2020.