“What a 50 years it’s been when you think back,” Comcast Spectacor president David Scott said yesterday. “It really started with one man’s vision to bring a hockey team here to Philadelphia and you look around today as you come in and you see all the sports complex and what’s going on here. It’s truly awesome.”
By Harry Allison
The Flyers honored late Flyers chairman Ed Snider with the dedication of a nine-foot bronze statue in front of the Wells Fargo Center.
Members of every generation of the Flyers family – dozens of Flyers Alumni from each decade of franchise history, including Hockey Hall of Fame luminaries such as Bob Clarke, Bernie Parent, Bill Barber and Mark Howe, vital behind-the-scenes personnel such as Joe Kadlec and Lou Scheinfeld as well as others in the Flyers employee for many decades such as Ceil Baker – convened for the occasion.
Multi-generation members of the Snider family, with Snider’s daughter Lindy serving as the spokesperson, were also on hand. Flyers president Paul Holmgren, who had the unique experience of knowingl Mr. Snider as a Flyers player, coach and general manager before ascending to the club presidency, spoke on behalf of both Flyers management and the Alumni.
Also speaking with personal recollections and reflections on Mr. Snider’s legacy were Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.