As we close out 2014, PhiladelphiaFlyers.com takes a look at some significant moments surrounding the organization heading into and during the first half of the season. In no particular order, here they are…
June 27th marked the first time in team history that the Flyers and City of Philadelphia played host to the NHL Entry Draft… And everyone from the fans, media and other 29 teams took notice.
“Take a bow, PHI. Tremendous NHL draft weekend. Crowd/atmosphere/energy for 1st rd was best I can remember. Been at every draft since 1982.” said TSN’s Bob McKenzie in a tweet following the event.
Holding the 17th overall pick, the Flyers selected defenseman Travis Sanheim from the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen. Right away he knew what a special team he was going to:
"Being in the building today, the fans were crazy and you can see the passion. So I know it's a hockey city, and I'm lucky to be here," Sanheim said.
By the way, since being drafted by the Flyers, Sanheim has posted 10 goals and 31 points in 34 games, already surpassing his career high of 29 points in less than half of the games. He also has a +13 rating for Calgary and at 18 years old, was one of nine defensemen selected to participate in Hockey Canada’s World Junior Team Camp in December.