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 Members: Brian Boucher, Todd Fedoruk, Paul Holmgren, Bob Kelly, Don Saleski

 

 

 

 

 

50th Anniversary Alumni Game

Presented by AAA, on January 14, 2017, the Flyers Alumni will celebrate 50 seasons of Philadelphia Flyers hockey with a 50th Anniversary Alumni Game against the Pittsburgh Penguins Alumni. Game time will be at 7 p.m. EST.

 

Proceeds from the game will benefit the charitable and community-based works of the Flyers Alumni Association and Flyers Charities. 

 

For ticket info, click here or call 215-218-PUCK.

 

 

 

  

2016 Flyers Alumni Fantasy Camp

The second annual Philadelphia Flyers Alumni Fantasy Camp was held on August 19-22, 2016  in Atlantic City, NJ. This unique event provided adult hockey players with the opportunity to interact with Flyers legends both on and off the ice. Proceeds from Fantasy Camp benefited the Flyers Alumni and Flyers Charities.

 

This year, the participating Flyers Alumni instructors and tournament included Hockey Hall of Famers Bernie Parent and Mark Howe, along with the likes of Danny Briere and Flyers assistant coach Ian Laperriere. Other participating Alumni included Brad Marsh, Todd "Fridge" Fedoruk, Bob "the Hound" Kelly and Flyers Hall of Famers Brian Propp and Joe Watson.

 

Joe Scott

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   The Flyers are as much a part of Philadelphia as cheesesteaks and Rocky.  In 1967, however, when the club was trying to secure loans to build an arena and get its operations up and running, giving money away seemed like a better idea to area banks than investing in a fledgling hockey franchise. Without Joe Scott’s business acumen and reputation, the Flyers might have become just another footnote in the city’s then dismal hockey history.

  
   Prior to joining the Flyers, Joe Scott was a highly successful businessman, having founded and built Scott & Grauer into the largest beer distributorship in the world. Scott met Ed Snider, then a Vice President with the Philadelphia Eagles, during an advertising campaign with the club in the mid-1960s. It would prove to be more than a chance encounter. Soon thereafter, at age 58, Scott sold his interests in the distributorship and moved with his wife to Florida for a relaxing retirement.


   As retirement was beginning to bore Scott, Snider was looking for another investor for the Flyers. The Flyers’ founder called Scott, who was intrigued by the offer. A long-time supporter of amateur athletics, Scott also was a regular at Rambler games, a minor league hockey team that once called Philadelphia home. In 1964, he nearly bought the club. Scott had already balked at Snider’s offer several months earlier. This time, however, the plan was to have three owners--Snider (60%), Bill Putnam (25%), and Scott (15%). The former beer distributor magnate agreed to come on board.


   Scott was more than a minority investor. The Flyers needed a Philadelphian with a solid reputation in the business community. Scott, Snider hoped, was the savior no bank could turn away. That faith was tested through six loan rejections. The Flyers didn’t expect their luck to change with number seven--conservative Girard Bank. Girard’s president and vice president, however, were Harvard graduates who had been exposed to hockey in Boston. It was a tough sell, but the bank extended the Flyers a $1.5 million loan, ensuring that a team would be on the ice in the fall of 1967.


   With at least one season assured, Scott put his energy in selling season tickets. He recruited college students to cold call people and corporations announcing the Flyers were in town. Scott devised ticket plan options to create a strong fan base. He made personal visits to practically every corporation he’d ever conducted business with. Scott also maneuvered the Flyers into the merchandising market, selling everything from pennants to pencils to pucks. While other teams struggled at the gate, the Flyers developed into a major attraction.


   Scott has seen it all with the Flyers. Not surprisingly, his fondest memories recall the Stanley Cup years of 1974 and 1975. "One thing that stands out in my mind is Fred Shero," he said. "The type of man he was and the psychology he used on young players. Another thing that stands out is Bobby Clarke, being the leader of the team, maintaining the equilibrium of the team. Those two men stand out in my mind."


   In 1984, Scott sold his interest to Snider but maintained the title of Chairman of the Board, Emeritus. In April 1993, he was inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame.

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