The Philadelphia Flyers seem to be one of those teams that people love to hate. You either hate them or you love them. There aren’t many who seem divided on their opinions, but no matter your feelings for them, they’re a fascinating team.
Arena: Wells Fargo Center
AHL Affiliate: Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Owner: Comcast Spectacor
Coach: Dave Hakstol
Best Known Lines: Eric Lindros, Mark Recchi, and Brent Fedyk (Crazy Eights for their numbers 88, 8, 18). Jean-Guy Gendron, Andre Lacroix and Simon Nolet (The French Line). Dan Kordi, Daniel Lacroix, and Scott Daniels (Fighting Dans, The Dan Line).
Notable Former Players: Bobby Clarke, Dave Schultz,
Current Captain: Claude Giroux
Goalies: Steve Mason, Michal Neuvirth
Notable Current Players: Wayne Simmonds, Nick Schultz, Shayne Gostisbehere, Sean Couturier
In their inaugural season in 1967-68, they had to play their last seven home games on the road because a storm blew off part of the roof of the Spectrum arena they played in.
The Flyers made it to the playoffs in their first and second seasons, only to lose to the Blues both times. After being swept in their second playoff appearance, Ed Snider told then general manager Bud Poile to get bigger, tougher players.
During the height of the disquiet over the Vietnam war, the Flyers started playing “God Bless America” instead of the national anthem because it seemed that fans were more likely to sing along at the time. The perception that the team seemed more successful during games after “God Bless America” was played, they continued to use “God Bless America” before games deemed to be important.
During the 1972-73 season, the Flyers earned their nickname “the Broad Street Bullies” after a particularly feisty game against the Atlanta Flames that prompted the Philadelphia Bulletin to use the headline “BROAD STREET BULLIES MUSCLE ATLANTA”.
They went on to win the Stanley Cup in 1974, and then again in 1975.
In 1974 when they won the cup, they were the first team to win that wasn’t an original six team.