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

 

 

 

 

Toyota Flyers Charity Classic: $23,810.71 Raised

Thank you to the 1,500-plus participants, dozens of sponsors and 372 donors for the 2017 Toyota Flyers Charity Classic.  We raised $23,810.71 in online donations in the names of participating teams and individuals. All proceeds raised by Flyers Alumni participants will go to help Snider Hockey build the future Edward M. Snider Flyers Alumni Rink.

By popular demand, the bicycle jerseys and shorts as sported at the event are still available for purchase, both in men's and women's sizes. For more information, click here.

 

 

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2017 Alumni Golf Invitational

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: Sold Out

Registration has been filled for the 2017 Flyers Alumni Fantasy Camp in Atlantic City, NJ. Each of the first three editions of this eagerly anticipated annual event also sold out, and the spots for this year's camp (Aug. 18- 21) filled up quickly. All proceeds from Fantasy Camp benefit the charities and community programs supported by the Flyers Alumni Association and Flyers Charities. 

 

 

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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