They just showed a video montage with The Wallflowers "They Can Be Heroes" dubbed in. The fans here cheered when they saw all their favorite Flyers, and most loudly when they saw Eric Lindros
A pair of drum cores are now banging away on the outfield stages built to resemble hockey sticks. One group is wearing Flyers jerseys while the other is in Rangers jerseys.
They've also brought out banners with the images of all the alumni playing in the game and more than two dozen people are holding them over the auxiliary rink. They then turned over the banners and revealed a sign that reads, "WE'RE BACK FOR YOU."
There are also roughly 20 flag bearers in front of each dugout.
Philadelphia native and ex-Rangers goalie Mike Richter
was welcomed as an assistant coach with Mike Keenan. After Dan Blackburn
was announced, Bernie Parent
was welcomed by a huge ovation and the chants of "Bernie, Bernie, Bernie."
came out of the visiting dugout after John Vanbiesbrouck
, and he was summarily booed.
The rest of the introductions continued with Mark Howe
, Chris Therrien, Bill Barber
, Brad Marsh
and Mark Recchi
coming out before a rousing ovation for John Leclair
There hasn't been much love for the Rangers here (the place, after all, is covered in orange), but Mark Messier
got a nice welcome.
The Watson brothers, Joe and Jim, were introduced together. How sweet.
Bob Clarke got a loud ovation, but it seemed that the one Bernie Parent
got had more volume to it.
, who has also become a TV celebrity in Philadelphia, as well as Brian Propp
, Orest Kindrachuk
, Reggie Leach, and Kjell Samuelsson
was the last Ranger to be introduced, but there were still six more Flyers.
The loudest ovation was saved for the last second to last guy, Mr. Eric Lindros
, No. 88. He got the longest and loudest welcome back to Philly of all his alumni teammates.
NHL.com blogger Jeremy Roenick
had to wait in the dugout for Lindros' ovation to end before he could be called out to the ice.
Flyers owner, the only one they'v ever had, Ed Snider, dropped the ceremonial first puck between Clarke and Messier.
Time for the anthems and the game.