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. 

 

 

Dave Schultz

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   It's hard to believe that Dave Schultz started out on the Prairies of Saskatchewan as a quiet, shy young man. His voyage to the big leagues, however, transformed his style of self-expression to the point that, in the NHL, his persona was a defining element of the game of his day.


   After two seasons of junior with the Swift Current Broncos, Schultz headed east where he made a strong, two-fisted impression with the Salem Rebels of the EHL and then the Quebec Aces of the AHL.


   In an era when players generally settled most scores themselves, with the help of as many as three enforcers per team, NHL GMs usually retained a stable of fighters on the farm. By 1972, the Flyers realized their need to bolster their club's police department. They brought Schultz and Don Saleski on board to complete a lineup that became known as the "Broad Street schultzBullies."


   At the NHL level, Schultz quickly showed the league why he was known as "The Hammer". He fought mammoth battles against fellow enforcers like Keith Magnuson and Terry O'Reilly. He also ensured that the smaller minnows of the league played an honest game when skating near the Flyers' more elite players. The formula of fight first and play hockey later proved very successful as Philly won successive Stanley Cups in 1974 and '75.


   For Schultz, the victories represented the highest point of his career. He lasted only one additional season with the Flyers before venturing outside of the team's Broad Street cocoon. In 1976, he joined the Los Angeles Kings where enforcement continued to be his defining role. But by then, there were plenty of new, young fighters in the league who sought to prove their mettle under the weight of "The Hammer." The problem for Schultz was that he was getting older and losing some of his taste for fisticuffs. He lasted just over one season with the Kings before rounding out his NHL career in Pittsburgh and then Buffalo. He retired from hockey in 1980.


Click here for Dave Schultz's statistics.

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