Flyers Alumni Celebrate the Life of a Special Fan
Magdelena Moser, better known to her family and friends as Helen, was born in modern-day Germany in 1910 and emigrated with her parents to the United States in the early 1920s. A sports enthusiast from her youth, Helen became a dedicated hockey fan because it was somewhat similar to soccer (then and now the most popular team sport in Germany).
From the time the Philadelphia Flyers franchise was created in 1967, Helen was one of the team's most devoted and loyal fans. The team held a special place in her heart, second only to her family. On a game-by-game, season-by-season, year-by-year basis, rejoiced when they won, agonized when they lost and grieved when the Flyers family mourned of its own. Helen followed the team passionately through eight Stanley Cup Final appearances and two championships but also hung in through the lean years.
In July of 2014, Helen celebrated her 104th birthday at the Wesley Enhanced Living community in Upper Moreland, PA. In conjunction with the Flyers and Flyers Alumni, friends arranged for a special surprise as Bob "the Hound" Kelly came out to her birthday party. She beamed as she was presented with a special Flyers jersey emblazoned with Moser and the number 104 and cried tears of joy when Kelly had her put on his Stanley Cup ring.