After 12 seasons as a color analyst for the Philadelphia Flyers, Gary Dornhoefer is retiring from broadcasting to become a Flyers Ambassador of Hockey. Dorhoefer will join former Flyers Bob "The Hound" Kelly and Bernie Parent as a community representative for the organization. Periodically, Dornhoefer will appear as a studio analyst for Comcast SportsNet.
"We are honored to have Dorny represent us out in the community. He is one of the most respected and admired Flyers alumni," said Vice President of Marketing and Communications Shawn Tilger. "He is a great face for the organization that area youth can look up to."
In his new role, Dornhoefer will represent the team at various events and community and charitable functions, as well as greet fans at home games throughout the season to enhance fan's experience and grow the sport of hockey, among other responsibilities.
"I am thrilled to continue to be a part of the Flyers family," said Dornhoefer. "I am looking forward to working with Bob and Bernie to grow the great game of hockey throughout the many communities in the Greater Philadelphia Region."
"Dorny and I had a lot of fun together on the ice. His work ethic helped make us successful," said Flyers Ambassador of Hockey Bob "The Hound" Kelly. "I am looking forward to working with him again off the ice. He is a great team player and he'll bring that same energy and enthusiasm to our community efforts."
Dornhoefer was an original Flyer, becoming a member of the team during the 1967 Expansion Draft. He was a leader on the ice, serving as a role model for Bobby Clarke and encouraging other players, like Rick MacLeish and Reggie Leach, to get the most of out of their abilities. During a tied Game 5 of the Flyers' 1973 first-round playoff series with the Minnesota Stars, Dorny scored the game-winning goal to push the team through to a 3 games to 2 lead in the series. This monumental Flyers moment is immortalized in a statue outside the south entrance of the Wachovia Spectrum. Just one year later, during Game 7 of the Flyers Seminfinal series with the New York Rangers, Dornhoefer scored the game-winning goal. He also helped the Flyers win the Stanley Cup in 1975 and reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 1976. Dornhoefer retired from hockey after the 1977-78 season. He was inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame in March 1991.