Flyers' own Lauren Hart is the #1 ranked anthemist in the NHL and has been a staple of Flyers Hockey for 18 years. She has been singing the National Anthem at every home game since 1997. In addition to her own success as a singer/songwriter, Lauren is the daughter of Hockey Hall of Fame announcer Gene Hart, and she was born and raised into the world of hockey, singing for the team for the first time in junior high school.
Lauren is not only an integral part of the Flyers, but has a long list of other achievements. Her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner was used in the Disney feature film "Miracle" about the 1980 Olympic hockey team. Lauren has also been invited to sing for the President of the United States. In 2013, she released her fifth album "AWAKENING" and her songs have been used in numerous television shows and films.
Lauren's personal life is also very rich with love. She and her husband Todd adopted four children from Ethiopia and live a busy but enjoyable life outside of Philadelphia. Along with family life and her ongoing success, Lauren is a 15 year cancer survivor and works closely with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Pennsylvania Hospital Cancer Center as a board member. She is also an avid supporter of the league initiative Hockey Fights Cancer. Her life is a true inspiration to all and the Hart legacy is a major piece of Flyers history,
Lou Nolan has been the in-house announcer of the Flyers for 44 seasons, making a lasting impression on our organization, our players, and our fans. He is the man behind the microphone that Flyers fans recognize when they hear "PECOOOO Power Player." Additionally, Lou has witnessed some of the most significant moments in Flyers History, many of which took place at the Spectrum which was like his second home.
Lou grew up in the Flyers press box starting as an aid in the 1996-67 debut season. Within the next five years, he moved up to eventually become the Spectrum Voice. Among his favorite Flyers memories are the first Stanley Cup win in 1974 and the victory over the Soviet Red Army in 1976. Lou watched as a Flyers dynasty was built and he cherishes these vivid moments in time.
In 2002, Lou was chosen as the venue announcer at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. He has described this as one of the highlights of his lengthy career in broadcasting. This accomplishment, along with over 2,000 home games under his belt has solidified him as a Flyers legend and earned him a spot in the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.
Lou is a Philadelphia native who enjoys spending time at his home in Penn Valley with his wife Ellen. In his free time, he enjoys collecting antique working duck decoys.