Phildelphia Flyers NHL hockey

I still remember being a Rangers fan when the Flyers had their “Legion of Doom” line featuring Eric Lindros, John LeClair, and Mikael Renberg. They didn’t win a cup during those years, but they were always in the playoffs.

I wasn’t around for the glory years of 1974-1976. The Flyers won two Stanley Cups and on 11th January 1976 the Flyers were pitted against the Red Army (the Soviet Union – now Russia) hockey team in a monumental exhibition game. They won it 4-1 and they held the distinction of being the only team to beat the Russian bullies. During this time the Flyers were the “Broad Street Bullies” and Dave “The Hammer” Schultz set the tone for physical intimidation. Bobby Clarke was the star player along with Bernie Parent, the goalie who won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1974 and 1975 as the most valuable player during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

In 1966, after waiting for almost thirty years, the National Hockey League (NHL) awarded the city of Philadelphia its own hockey franchise. The name they chose for the team was the Flyers, which represented what hockey and the new team was going to be: exciting and bursting with energy and momentum.

The team logo, now a very familiar image, was created by Sam Ciccone, It was designed with the letter P and had an orange pick and wings. It carried out the same idea of motion, excitement, speed and activity that the name stood for. The team colors of black, white and orange came from the original hockey league franchise, the Philadelphia Quakers, who were shut down in the 1930s.

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