Philadelphia Flyers Alumni Fantasy Camp 2015
The first-ever Philadelphia Flyers Alumni Fantasy Camp is set for August 21-24 in Atlantic City, NJ. This unique event will provide adult hockey players with the opportunity to interact with Flyers legends both on and off the ice. Proceeds from Fantasy Camp will benefit Flyers Charities.
Dates: Friday, August 21st – Monday, August 24th, 2015. Registration deadline is Monday, June 1st.
Location: Flyers Skate Zone at Atlantic City, 501 N. Albany Ave., Atlantic City, NJ
Bally's Atlantic City - 1900 Boardwalk, Atlantic City NJ
Bally's Atlantic City - 1900 Boardwalk, Atlantic City NJ
Age/Skill Levels: This event is open to adult hockey players (both male and female), ages 21 and over. There will be four teams consisting of 18 players each. Each team will be coached by two Flyers Alumni members. When registering, all players will be asked for their skill ranking (A, B, or C) to ensure equal skill levels across all four teams.
Registration: Interested players are encouraged to complete an online registration form HERE. Within five business days of completing the registration, participants will be contacted by the Flyers to process payment. Read on to view more information and see what great features are included.
38th Anniversary Memorial: The Life and Career of Barry Ashbee
By Bill Meltzer
Note: The retrospective below is an updated version of an article originally published on Flyers.NHL.com on January 16, 2007.
When many casual fans and youngsters come to the Wells Fargo Center and glance up at the Flyers' retired jersey banners in the rafters, there is one name that may seem out of place.
Every Flyers fan knows of the exploits of Hall of Fame members Bobby Clarke, Bernie Parent, Bill Barber and Mark Howe. But who was that other guy – Number 4, Barry Ashbee?
A glance at The Hockey Encyclopedia does not reveal much that would seem to suggest that Ashbee was one of the team's all-time greats. He was a 31-year-old NHL rookie who played four seasons in the league and had 15 career goals and 85 career points. Sure, Ashbee was named an NHL second team All-Star in 1973-74, but does that alone merit having your number retired, let alone being enshrined in the Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Fame?
To be sure, there are other deserving candidates for the honor of having their jersey numbers retired: Jimmy Watson, Tim Kerr, Rick MacLeish, and Brian Propp were all crucial Flyers players during their respective Philadelphia careers. Cases could also be made for Joe Watson, Eric Desjardins, Gary Dornhoefer, and Ron Hextall for their long, loyal and productive service to the team.
While many of the aforementioned names are members of the Flyers Hall of Fame, none have had their jerseys retired. Ashbee, however, was posthumously awarded both honors. So, again, who was this Barry Ashbee?
A Loss in the Extended Flyers Family
The Flyers Alumni family extends sincere condolences to one of our own. Retired Flyers goaltender and Flyers Alumni executive vice president Brian Boucher's older brother, Bruce, unexpectedly passed away on May 11, 2015 at the age of 44.
Bruce, who lived in North Smithfield, RI. Bruce leaves behind a wife and two teenage sons. Back in 2007,the entire Boucher family pulled close together in a time of need and provided each other comfort after the loss of matriarch, Lise (nee Simoneau), at the age of 65. Now the family is in mourning again.
Hockey has long been an important part of the Boucher family's life. Brian was close with his brothers, who helped inspire his dream of someday playing in the NHL while growing up in Woonsocket, RI. While playing youth hockey for the Woonsocket North Stars, Brian would watch brothers Pierre and Bruce play for Woonsocket High School and then stay to watch Mount St. Charles Academy play in the marquee game.
Special Tribute: Hextall Turns 51
Retired goaltender and current Flyers general manager Ron Hextall, a member of the Flyers Hall of Fame, celebrates his 51st birthday on May 3, 2015. One of the best puckhandling goaltenders in NHL history -- to the point that he functioned almost like a third defenseman on opposing dump-ins -- Hextall was the first NHL goaltender to be credited with a goal by virtue of shooting the puck into the other team's net. He was the first to do it both in the regular season and the playoffs.
Hextall was also noted for his combustible temper on the ice, especially in his early years in the NHL. His intensity was almost frightening at times, and he was not shy about wielding the lumber or fighting. His fiery manner on the ice stood in stark contrast to his soft-spoken nature and wry sense of humor off the ice. As a general manager, he has already gained a reputation for being very measured and deliberate whereas he often ran on emotion as a player.
Sometimes even tragedy brings about opportunity, and that was the case for Hextall and the Flyers in his early years.
Remembering Peter Zezel
A fan favorite in Philadelphia and elsewhere during a career that spanned 873 regular season games and 131 playoff games in the NHL, the late Peter Zezel would have celebrated his 50th birthday on April 22. Zezel died at age 44 in 2009 from a rare blood disorder called Hemolytic Anemia.
As a hockey player, Zezel was best known as a hard-working forward who excelled on faceoffs and was an underrated offensive player in the early part of his career. He compiled 219 goals and a respectable 608 points during his NHL career.
Off the ice, Zezel was known as a caring, generous and fun-loving person whose greatest passion was teaching hockey and soccer to children. One of the most popular Flyers players of the Mike Keenan era, Zezel was a heartthrob among many young female fans with his matinee idol looks but also a highly respected player among all Philadelphia fans.