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

 

 

 

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Flyers Charity Classic Set for July 16, 2017

The Flyers Alumni Association is proud to participate in a major new annual summertime bicycling, running and walking event scheduled for July 16, 2017. Formed in partnership with Flyers Charities and g4 Productions, the Philadelphia Flyers Charity Classic encompasses a 5k walk or run, a 10-mile family bike ride as well as 50k and 100k bike rides. Proceeds benefit the charities and community organizations supported by the Flyers Alumni Association and Flyers Charities. Register now at https://www.bikereg.com/flyers-charity-classic.

 

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2017 Alumni Golf Invitational: A Smashing Success

Thank you all participating Flyers Alumni, sponsors and registrants at the 2017 Flyers Alumni Golf Invitational. The event took place at Dupont Country Club in Wilmington, DE. Proceeds will benefit BLOCS, Flyers Charities and the Flyers Alumni Association. 

 

 

2017 Alumni Fantasy Camp: Registration open

Registration is now open for the 2017 Flyers Alumni Fantasy Camp in Atlantic City, NJ. Each of the first two editions of this eagerly anticipated annual event have sold out, and the spots for this year's camp (Aug. 18- 21) are already filling quickly.

All proceeds benefit the charities and community programs supported by the Flyers Alumni Association and Flyers Charities. For full details on this year's camp, including participating Flyers Alumni instructor/coaches, see the top menu Fantasy Camp link or click here.

 

 

Bill Barber

Bill Barber

IMG 0033 copy   Bill Barber's sheer physical strength was one of his most important attributes. In junior, he centered a top scoring line with Jerry Byers and Al Blanchard in Kitchener. All three were drafted high in the 1972 Amateur Draft. Barber was selected seventh overall by Philadelphia and was the only one of the three who went on to make a significant impact in the NHL.


   Initially he was assigned to Richmond of the AHL by the Flyers, but after just 11 games he was recalled when Bill Flett sprained his knee. Barber was among the top rookies all year, finishing the season with 30 goals andBarber copy 34 assists, making him a contendor for the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year. Part of his immediate success was in coach Shero's decision to play Barber as a left wing to Bobby Clarke on the first line rather than keep him at his natural center position on a fourth line. Clarke quickly realized Barber had an excellent shot and good hands and endeavored to get the puck to the port side whenever possible. He scored 34 goals in each of the next two years, winning the Stanley Cup in 1974 and 75.  Barber had a career year in 1975-76 by scoring 50 and getting 112 total points.

  
   Barber had four more 40-goal seasons during his career, but the continuing deterioration of his left knee forced him to retire, and he was unable to finish the 1983-84 season. He first injured the knee crashing into the boards while back checking in December 1982 in Pittsburgh. He recovered after missing a few games, but the same knee gave out on him again later in the season. By the spring he required surgery, and once the knee was opened doctors discovered massive damage to the joints and cartilage that had been masked for years by strong muscle mass around the bone. It was completely reconstructed and he missed the entire 1984-85 season trying to recover. After the year was over, he knew his knee would not be strong enough to endure the physical demands of the NHL. He went into coaching, starting with the Flyers farm team and assuming head coaching of the NHL team during the 2000-01 season.

  
   He finished his career with 420 goals and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990, one of only three players from those Flyers teams - Bernie Parent and Bobby Clarke were the others.



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