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Flyers Alumni Game: A Celebration of Flyers Hockey

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

With the 50th anniversary season of the Philadelphia Flyers right around the corner, the Flyers organization and the Flyers Alumni Association have worked together with the ECHL’s Reading Royals to put together a gala celebration of Flyers hockey. On Feb. 5 at Santander Arena in Reading, representatives of every decade of club history will gather together to face off in a Team Orange vs. Team White game.

The event is a true Flyers family reunion representing multiple generations. In addition to the star-studded lineups, coaching staffs and array of special guests, there are nods to the importance of farm team affiliations as well as familiar participants who represent the behind-the-scenes part of the game as well as its in-game presentation.

The Alumni game will start at 7 p.m. ET. Earlier in the day, select Alumni will serve as on-ice instructors at a youth hockey clinic at Santander. There will also be VIP meet-and-greet events with the Alumni before and after the game, which quickly sold out. The game itself is also sold out but limited additional seats have released to meet the high demand.

Following are rosters and capsule profiles of all of the participants. Click for more information on each of the participants on Team Orange, Team White, Special Guests and Trainers.

Team Orange: Ray Allison (F), Frank Bialowas (F), Danny Briere (F), Terry Carkner (D), Freddy Cassivi (G), John Druce (F), Todd Fedoruk (F), Mark Freer (F), Ed Hospodar (D), Mark Howe (D), Bob Kelly (F), Orest Kindrachuk (F), Ric Nattress (D), Jim Watson (D), Rick MacLeish (coach), Bernie Parent (coach), Dave Schultz (coach).

Team White: Frank Bathe (D), Bob Clarke (F), Doug Crossman (D), Jim Dowd (F), Robert Esche (G), Andre Faust (F), Larry Goodenough (D), Paul Holmgren (F), Mitch Lamoureux, Brad Marsh (D), Dave Poulin (F), Kimmo Timonen (D), Joe Watson (D), Jason Zent (F), Bill Barber (coach), Bill Clement (coach), Brian Propp (coach).

Special Guests: Lauren Hart (anthem), Lou Nolan (public address).

Trainers: Dave Culp, Dave Settlemyre.

Click the bars below to read more about the members of each team...

Team Orange

Ray Allison (F): A pure offensive talent with silky hands and a feisty streak, Allison was a prolific scorer on the record-breaking Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) teams of the late 1970s that also featured the likes of future Flyers stars Brian Propp and Brad McCrimmon. Joining the Flyers as part of a blockbuster trade with the Hartford Whalers, Allison spent all or parts of five seasons with the Flyers from 1981-82 to 1986-87. During that time, the right-handed shooter posted 128 points in 168 games in the regular season as well as a pair of goals and four points in 10 playoff appearances. During his time in the AHL with the Hershey Bears, frequently met or exceeded a one-point-per-game average.

Frank "the Animal" Bialowas (F):
The immensely popular "Animal" became an instant fan favorite at the Spectrum during the early years of the Philadelphia Phantoms' history. The former Toronto Maple Leaf never appeared in a regular season game for the Flyers but was nevertheless more recognizable -- with his thick frame, bearded visage, long hair hanging out of his helmet, bowling ball-like checking style and power-packed fighting style -- than many Flyers players. His Phantoms replica jersey was the team's biggest seller and a frequent sight at Flyers' game as well as Phantoms game of the mid-to-late 1990s. Bialowas was also a member of the Phantoms' 1997-98 Calder Cup winning team, dressing in 19 playoff games for Bill Barber's team.

Danny Briere (F): One of the most popular recent Flyers players on and off the ice, Briere played with the team from 2007-08 through 2012-13. His skyward fist-pumping goal celebration as he dropped to one knee quickly became a familiar and frequent sight as he compiled two 30-plus goal season and three of 25-plus goals. Although sometimes the smallest player on the ice for either team, Briere was a master at slipping away from defenders to get into prime scoring position. Even more notably, Briere ranks among the very best playoff performers in franchise history. His crowning achievement came in the 2010 playoffs, when he set a franchise record with 30 points in 23 games as the Flyers came within two victories of the Stanley Cup. Briere frequently played through injuries during his Flyers career, yet found ways to deliver when the chips were down. He carried a highly respected voice in the Flyers' dressing room. Off the ice, his friendly demeanor and caring personality endeared him to fans almost as much as his goal-scoring prowess on the ice. As soon as he stepped on the ice, however, Briere became an intense competitor.

Freddy Cassivi (G): A standout on the Hershey Bears, Cassivi also briefly played for the Reading Royals. The big-framed right-handed goaltender won the Jack Butterfield Trophy as MVP of the 2006 Calder Cup playoffs for the championship winning Bears (by then a Washington Capitals farm team) coached by Bruce Boudreau.

Terry Carkner (D): A big and physical defenseman who played competitively regardless of the score or the standings, Carkner was a warhorse for the Flyers through the lean years of the early 1990s. Carkner also had underrated ability to make some offensive plays, as witnessed by the 11-goal, 43-point campaign he posted for the 1988-89 Flyers team that took an unexpected trip to the Stanley Cup semifinals and fell just two wins short of returning to the Final for the third time in five years. The no-nonsense blueliner reached the 150-plus penalty minute mark three times as a Flyer and was a plus-18 for a 1992-93 squad that did not qualify for playoffs. Later, in 1995-96, Carkner was a regular starter for a Florida Panthers team that scored a major upset by defeating the top-seeded Flyers in route to a trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

John Druce (F):
Speedy checking forward Druce was a quality depth player on the Terry Murray-coached Flyers teams of the mid-1990s. Perhaps best known in the NHL for his unexpected offensive tear in the 1990 Stanley Cup playoffs as a member of the Washington Capitals (14 goals, 17 points in 15 games), Druce was primarily a solid two-way role player. Thirty years old by the time the Flyers acquired him from the Los Angeles Kings near the 1996 trade deadline, he played parts of three seasons (1995-96 to 1997-98) with the Flyers, posting a total of 12 goals and 26 points in 79 games.  Druce also dressed in 17 playoff games, including 13 appearances in the Flyers' run to the 1997 Stanley Cup Final.

Todd "Fridge" Fedoruk (F): A two-stint Flyer who persevered through injuries and personal challenges, Fedoruk became a fan favorite in Philadelphia for his tenacity on the ice and his laid back good humor off it. A player who understood and honored the unwritten tough guy "code,” Fedoruk became one of the NHL's most respected policemen among his peers. "Fridge" also could be used on a regular shift without hurting his club, and even had underrated hands around the net when a scoring chance presented itself. First and foremost, however, he knew his role was to lay his body on the line to protect teammates and did the role willingly even through some gruesome injuries.

Mark Freer (F):
 Signed as a free agent in 1986, Freer spent parts of five seasons with the Flyers, but primarily played for the AHL's Hershey Bears, where the former Peterborough Petes star was a standout forward. Freer's best AHL season came in 1988-89, when he scored 30 goals and posted 79 points in 75 games for the Bears. Fifty of Freer's 59 career games with the Flyers were played during the 1990-91 season, in which the center chipped in six goals and 13 points. The Ottawa Senators claimed Freer from the Flyers in the NHL Expansion Draft on June 18, 1992. Freer made his home in the Hershey, PA area even after his playing days.

Ed "Boxcar" Hospodar (D):
Two-stint Flyers tough-guy defenseman Hospodar became a regular starter for the 1984-85 squad that came within three victories of the Stanley Cup. Always eager to throw his 6-foot-4 frame around and willing to drop the gloves with all comers, Hospodar compiled 321 penalty minutes and chipped in eight goals in 112 regular season games as a Flyer. He also scored the game opening goal against the New York Islanders in the 1985 Stanley Cup Quarterfinal. Two years later, in his second stint as a Flyers, Hospodar memorably took part in the pregame brawl with the Montreal Canadiens that broke out before the Flyers earned a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final with a victory at the Montreal Forum in Game Six.

Mark Howe (D):
The Hockey Hall of Fame inductee is universally regarded as both the best offensive and all-around defenseman in Flyers' franchise history. The son of the legendary Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe, Mark carved out a legacy of his own as a star left winger turned star defenseman. A smooth skater who was both naturally gifted and possessed superior hockey smarts, there was little that Howe could not do offensively or defensively. A hockey prodigy, Mark was a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic team at age 16.  One of five Flyers players to have his uniform number (No. 2) retired, Howe was a three-time Norris Trophy first runner-up during his Flyers career, a Hart Trophy finalist in 1985-86, won four Barry Ashbee Trophies (Flyers best defenseman), and one Bobby Clarke Trophy (Flyers MVP). He is also a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, the Flyers Hall of Fame and the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. A resident of New Jersey, Howe is the longtime head of pro scouting for the Detroit Red Wings.

Bob "the Hound" Kelly (F): A fixture in the Flyers' lineup for 10 seasons (1970-71), Kelly earned his nickname for the way he hounded the puck carrier. A tireless energy forward, Kelly loved to take the body and was one of the NHL's most aggressive hitters. A willing fighter, Kelly sometimes overwhelmed opponents with his ability to throw a flurry of punches as soon as his gloves hit the ice. Although best known for playing a checking role on two Stanley Cup championship teams, Kelly was also a two-time 20-plus goal scorer in the NHL and never played a game of minor league hockey. Most famously, the Hound scored the Stanley Cup winning goal for the Flyers in Game Six of the 1975 Stanley Cup Final against the Buffalo Sabres. In his post-playing days, Kelly has worked just as tirelessly in the Delaware Valley community as a Flyers' ambassador. He makes appearances year-round to support the work of charities, community service organizations, educational and youth hockey in the region. Kelly has also been a vital force in the Flyers Alumni Association over the years, and always finds time to play for the Alumni team at fund-raising benefits for the greater Philadelphia community he's called home since his playing days.

Orest Kindrachuk (F): A big part of the success of the Fred Shero-era Flyers lay in their work ethic and depth. Kindrachuk provided both in support of the team's top two centers, Bobby Clarke and Rick MacLeish. The Flyers' third-line center was very tough to play against -- a tireless worker along the boards, a fine defensive player, a pest who got under opponents' skin, and a player with very underrated hands who could produce supporting offense despite his significant lack of speed. In his best NHL offensive season of 1975-76, Kindrachuk racked up 26 goals and 75 points in 76 games to go along with 101 penalty minutes. Following his playing days, Kindrachuk became a successful businessman in the Delaware Valley.

Ric Nattress (D): A 10-season NHL veteran by the time he joined the Flyers for the 1992-93 season, Nattress added size and occasional offensive support to the club during a transitional phase in franchise history. The most memorable game of Nattress' time in Philadelphia came on Jan. 9, 1993, when he scored a pair of goals to lead the Flyers to a 4-3 home win against the New York Rangers.

Jim Watson (D): The soon-to-be-inducted Flyers Hall of Fame defenseman is arguably the best homegrown defenseman in franchise history. A five-time NHL All-Star who excelled in playing against other teams' best players was also a mobile defenseman who made accurate breakout passes to the forwards. He never put up big point totals but was still among the league's best blueliners of the mid-to-late 1970s. As a member of both Flyers' Stanley Cup championship teams, he quickly emerged as one the club's key defensemen despite being one of the team's youngest players. Although the younger Watson brother's career ended prematurely in 1982 due to the lingering effects of a serious back injury, "Chan's" legacy stands as a vastly underrated player whose team understood his importance. The longtime hockey director at the Ice Works in Aston, PA also previously owed a highly successful contracting business for many years after his retirement.

Team Orange Coaches

Rick MacLeish: The first member of the Flyers' 50-goal club (1972-73) and an inductee in the Flyers' Hall of Fame, MacLeish was one of the best pure talents in franchise history. Long hair flapping in the breeze, MacLeish made skating look effortless and possessed one of the deadliest wrist shots of his era.  MacLeish was also one of the top playoff performers in franchise history, generally turning his game up a notch at the most important time of the year. In addition to his 328 regular season tallies and 697 points in 741 games, MacLeish compiled 53 goals, 52 assists and 105 points in 108 playoff games. None were more important than his first period deflection goal that stood as the lone goal for either team in the Flyers' Cup-clinching victory in Game 6 of the 1974 Final against Boston. The two-stint Flyer is also an inductee in the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. He resides in South Jersey.

Bernie Parent: The entire history of the Philadelphia Flyers would have been different without Bernie Parent. He was not only the greatest goaltender in franchise history; he was one of the best to ever grace a National Hockey League crease and perhaps the most beloved Philadelphia athlete of the last half-century in any team sport. His gentle spirit and good humor off the ice were only surpassed by his brilliance between the pipes. A two-time Conn Smythe Trophy (most valuable player in the Stanley Cup playoffs), two-time Vezina Trophy winner and two-time Stanley Cup winner, Parent is enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Flyers Hall of Fame, the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame and has had his famous No. 1 jersey retired by the Flyers. Over the course of his two stints as a Flyer, Parent set the gold standard by which all Flyers netminders have aspired. In the 1980s, he became the Flyers goaltending coach and mentored Pelle Lindbergh (for whom Parent was a childhood idol) and Ron Hextall to the Vezina Trophy. Beyond his list of accolades on the ice, Parent's pied piper-like charisma has made him a true living legend. In 2015, he was honored with a postage stamp in his native Canada. Parent permanently settled in the Delaware Valley after his playing days and is still in huge demand for public appearances not only locally but in places far and wide.

Dave "the Hammer" Schultz:
 During his four-season Flyers career, Schultz was the most vilified player around the National Hockey League. In Philadelphia, however, he could do no wrong.  Schultz’s stature as one of the most enduringly popular players among Philadelphia fans earned him induction in 2009 as the 20th member of the Flyers Hall of Fame. While his defining legacy was the fact that he topped 300 penalty minutes in three consecutive seasons (including an NHL record 472 in 1974-75), he also had a knack for coming through in the clutch. The Hammer scored 20 goals in the Flyers’ first Stanley Cup season – even tallying two hat tricks in the same week -- and played an important role in each of the three playoff series the Flyers won on the way to claiming the 1973-74 championship.

Team White

Frank Bathe (D): The rugged redhead captured the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the Flyers best defenseman in 1981-82. He is perhaps best known for being part of the starting blueline corps that patrolled the ice for the Pat Quinn coached 1979-80 team that set a North American sports record with a 35-game unbeaten streak and later came within two victories of the Stanley Cup. Bathe was instantly recognizable on the ice for his full lumberjack-like beard or handlebar mustache. Never afraid to put his body in harm way's to block a shot, clear the porch in front of the net, throw his weight around on the walls or drop the gloves, "Bather" dressed in 224 NHL games for the Detroit Red Wings and Flyers. On March 11, 1979, Bathe set a Flyers franchise record with 55 penalties in a single game. That night, Bathe had three fights -- including a pair of fights with LA's Randy Holt (himself later a Flyer) -- a double game misconduct and a pair of 10-minute misconducts. Off the ice, Bathe's sense of humor and friendly personality made him a favorite among teammates and fans both in Maine and Philadelphia. After his playing days, Bathe embarked upon a successful business career and settled in Maine.

Bob Clarke (F): The Hockey Hall of Fame forward is universally considered the greatest Flyer of them all, rivaled only by longtime teammate Bernie Parent. The ultimate team leader with an extraordinary work ethic and competitive drive, Clarke was also one of the NHL's most prolific playmakers before the arrival of Wayne Gretzky to the league. Clarke never cared one iota about personal stats or individual honors but nevertheless collected three Hart Trophies, three seasons of 100-plus points and is the Flyers all-time scoring leader. His greatest playing legacy is captaining the team to back-to-back Stanley Cups, three straight trips to the Finals and a convincing win over CSKA (Red Army) in a clash between the world's top two teams of the time. Clarke went by "Bobby" during his playing days but always preferred "Bob" and went by the latter when he traded a uniform for a suit. As a two-stint Flyers general manager, Clarke was at the helm of three teams (1984-85, 1986-87 and 1996-97) that reached the Stanley Cup Finals and four others (1988-89, 1995-96, 1999-2000 and 2003-04) that reached the semifinals. His famous number 16 jersey was retired by the Flyers and, in addition to his enshrinement in the "big" Hall in Toronto, is a member of both the Flyers Hall of Fame and the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.

Doug Crossman (D): A mobile puck-mover with a tall frame, Crossman formed an effective second defense pairing with Brad Marsh during the mid-1980s. The Flyers acquired Crossman in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks that sent former All-Star defenseman Behn Wilson to Chicago and also brought back to the Flyers the 1984 second-round pick the organization used on the selection of power forward Scott Mellanby. During his five seasons with the Flyers, Crossman posted 193 points in 292 regular-season games and was a combined plus-68 at even strength. He also suited up in 60 playoff games, chipping in nine goals and 30 points and twice reaching the Stanley Cup Final. Although the Flyers lost their 1988 first-round playoff series in seven games to the Washington Capitals, Crossman was plus-nine and contributed one goal and one assist.

Jim Dowd (F): The New Jersey native made a 728-game NHL career for himself through his work ethic and hockey sense. He prolonged his NHL career by earning a roster spot on the Flyers via a preseason tryout in 2007, and spent the 2007-08 season centering the fourth line and serving as a regular penalty killer on John Stevens' team. Dowd also chipped in five goals and 10 points that season, including a stretch of five points (one goal, four assists) in six games in early January 2008.

Robert Esche (G): Over the course of his four seasons with the Flyers, goaltender Robert Esche brought a fiery competitiveness, a big and athletic frame and an appreciation for what it meant to be part of a team with a winning tradition and lofty expectations among fans. Along the way, he shared the Jennings Trophy (lowest goals against average) in 2002-03 and backstopped the team to within one win of the Stanley Cup Final the next year. Nicknamed "Chico," in punning reference to longtime NHL goaltender Glenn "Chico" Resch, the netminder was a gifted puck-stopper. He could make highlight-reel saves and effectively use his size to fight for pucks in scrambles around the net. Esche never gave an inch when jostled around the net. Instead, he gave it right back. Esche was also an above-average puckhandler. Today, Esche is the club president, general manager and part of the ownership group of the American Hockey League's Utica Comets.

Andre Faust (F):
 A Princeton University graduate, Faust dressed in 47 games over parts of the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons for the Flyers, chipping in 10 goals and 17 points. His most productive stretch came over a 10-game stretch from mid-January to early February 1994 when Faust compiled three goals, four assists and seven points. At the American Hockey League level, Faust was a close to a point-per-game player for the Hershey Bears. After 1996, Faust enjoyed a lengthy and productive career in Europe, most in Germany's DEL.

Larry Goodenough (D): "Izzy" entered the NHL as a highly-touted prospect. As a rookie, he became a regular starter on the Flyers’ second Stanley Cup winning team (1974-75). Goodenough had a diverse set of natural skills and was a good puck-mover for his era. He spent 242 games in the NHL with the Flyers and Vancouver Canucks. Goodenough, who stayed in the Philadelphia area after his retirement, has played regularly for the Flyers Alumni Team after his retirement as active player in 1983.  In more recent times, he has served as hockey director at Ice Sports in Warminster, PA.

Paul Holmgren (F): One of the most feared NHL fighters of the mid-1970s to the 1980s, Holmgren evolved into a player who contributed in a variety of ways apart from just his fists. As a member of the Rat Patrol line with Ken Linseman and Brian Propp, "Homer" became a 30-goal scorer while remaining among the league's top pugilists. Just as important, he emerged over his career as a team leader with a good head for the game. In his NHL playing career, Holmgren compiled 323 points in 527 games in addition to his 1,684 penalty minutes and earned a place in NHL history as the first American player to score a hat trick in the Stanley Cup Final. He also holds the distinction of being the only figure in Flyers franchise history to serve as a player, head coach, general manager and, today, club president. As head coach in 1988-89, the Flyers reached the Stanley Cup semifinals and came within two wins of a trip to the Finals. As general manager, he was the architect of an Eastern Conference finalist in 2007-08, the 2009-10 team that came within two wins of the Stanley Cup, a 106-point team in 2010-11 and a 103-point team in 2011-12 that memorably knocked off the favored Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Mitch Lamoureux (F): Inducted into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame in 2011, Lamoureux was an iconic player for the Hershey Bears and, earlier, the Baltimore Skipjacks. As feisty and fearless as he was skilled and elusive, the 5-foot-6 firecracker reached the 100-point milestone twice and topped 30 goals seven times. At the NHL level, Lamoureux suited up in 73 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Flyers. Lamoureux signed with the Flyers as a free agent on June 30, 1986. He later dressed in three games for Mike Keenan's team in March 1988, suiting up against the Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils at the Spectrum and on the road against the Chicago Blackhawks. Craig Berube and Al Hill were among the linemates with whom Lamoureux skated during his Flyers recall. Today, he works for PA Central Credit Union as Director of Business Development.

Brad Marsh (D): A greatly respected team leader and an immensely popular player wherever he played in the NHL, defensive defenseman Marsh spent the best years of his 1,086-game NHL career in Philadelphia over seven seasons (most of the 1981-82 campaign through the end of 1987-88). One of the NHL's best shot blockers and a savvy positional player, Marsh also brought strength along the boards and a physical presence in clearing traffic in front of the net to enable goaltenders to make saves. Along with the late Miroslav "Cookie" Dvorak and later Doug Crossman, Marsh anchored the Flyers' top support pairing behind the top unit featuring Mark Howe and the late Brad McCrimmon and, before that, Glen Cochrane. Marsh served either as a captain or an assistant captain with every NHL organization for him he played. Over the course of his career, he became known as one of the final two unhelmeted players in the NHL, and the league's last unhelmeted defenseman. Today, Marsh serves as the Flyers' Director of Community Development and the president of the Flyers Alumni Association.

Dave Poulin (F):
If Bob Clarke was the ultimate captain in Flyers' franchise history, Dave Poulin wasn't far behind.  One of the headiest players in team history, both on and off the ice, Poulin was elected to the Flyers' Hall of Fame in 2004. Poulin assumed the captaincy in 1984-85 and was absolutely crucial not only in the role he played in helping teammates cope with the death of Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Pelle Lindbergh but also in helping to keep the team united in route to two arduous trips the Stanley Cup Final; the latter of which saw the Flyers fall just one win short of hockey's ultimate prize. Notre Dame graduate Poulin brought maturity and level-headed leadership to an emotional (and mostly very young) team, and was an outstanding two-way player who won the Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward in 1986-87 after posting back-to-back 30-goal seasons for the Flyers in his first two years in the NHL. Poulin played courageously and played hurt, including donning a flak jacket in the playoffs to protect broken ribs. Not bad for an undrafted player who nearly gave up hockey upon his college graduation and came to the NHL through the unlikely path of playing in the Swedish minor leagues and then the AHL before arriving on the Flyers to score two goals in two games late in the 1982-83 season and then following it up with three points in three playoff games. Poulin spent the rest of his 724-game playing career in the NHL. He later became a college hockey coach at Notre Dame, working in the university's athletic department and then joined the Toronto Maple Leafs front office.

Kimmo Timonen (D): One of the smartest, most competitive and well-respected Flyers defensemen of all-time, Timonen's value to his team's as an all-situations player went far beyond stats and directly to the root of leadership by example and by knowing when to speak up. Timonen was small but deceptively strong. He wasn't naturally fast but his hockey sense and moxie made him quick. Timonen was utterly fearless as a player and had a pain threshold that was extraordinary even by hockey standards. For his NHL career, Timonen played 1,108 regular season games (117 goals, 571 points) and 105 playoff games (four goals, 35 points) and spent the 2007-08 to 2014-15 seasons with the Flyers. In his final year, the five-time Barry Ashbee Trophy winner as the Flyers' best defenseman, battled blood clot issues that forced him to the sidelines for much of the season. Determined to "retire with [his] skates on," Timonen battled back and went on to win the Stanley Cup as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in his final game before retirement. In addition to winning the Stanley Cup, Timonen was a five-time selection (four-time participant) in the NHL All-Star Game. In his international career, he was a five-time Olympian (one silver and three bronze medals) and a seven-time participant in the IIHF World Championships (three silver medals). In his native Finland, he is a national hockey icon. He's held in the same esteem among the Flyers and the fans.

Joe Watson (D):
An original Flyer in every sense of the term, Flyers Hall of Fame inductee Joe Watson has worked in and around the organization for all but a brief period when he was finishing his NHL playing career. The two-time NHL All-Star joined the team for its inaugural 1967-68 season and rapidly became a mainstay on the blueline and one of the club's key leaders in the dressing room. Along with Ed van Impe and Gary Dornhoefer, Watson was one of three players who were members of the team during its first season and remained continuously through its Stanley Cup victories of 1974 and 1975. Nicknamed "Thundermouth" for his booming voice, Watson commanded respect among his peers and brought the sort of hate-to-lose competitiveness that became a franchise trademark. The elder Watson brother was not as good of a skater as younger brother Jimmy but was a savvy defender. After his retirement from playing, Watson has served the Flyers organization and the Flyers Alumni Association in a variety of capacities, both off and on the ice. Joe has long been a leadership force on the Alumni Team since its foundation in 1984.

Jason Zent (F):
A star forward for the University of Wisconsin, Zent turned professional after his senior season. He played 309 American Hockey League games and 27 in the NHL as a member of the Ottawa Senators and Flyers' organizations. Zent signed with the Flyers as a free agent on July 28, 1998 and spent two seasons in the organization. A sturdy two-way winger for the Phantoms, Zent earned a two-game callup to the Flyers in Nov. 1998. He suited up for Roger Neilson's team on the road against the Montreal Canadiens and at home against the Florida Panthers on a line with Marc Bureau and Jody Hull. Today he is the president of Artemis Sports Group, LLC.

Team White Coaches


Bill Barber: The Hall of Fame left winger was one of the NHL's top two-way forwards of the 70s to early 1980s and ranks as the top goal-scorer (420) in Flyers franchise history. Barber is one of five members of the Flyers' 50-goal club, scored 30 or more goals nine times and topped 40 or more goals three times in a career that was unofficially ended by knee injuries before he turned 32 years old. His jersey number (No. 7) is one of five retired by the Flyers, and he is a member of the Flyers Hall of Fame and the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. As with longtime linemate Bob Clarke, Barber was never concerned with personal stats but put up big numbers while playing unselfishly. A two-time Stanley Cup winner, Barber played his entire active career as a Flyer and has also spent most of his post-playing career in the Flyers' employment except for a stint working for the Tampa Bay Lightning. As a head coach, he won a Calder Cup in the American Hockey League with the 1997-98 Philadelphia Phantoms and the Jack Adams Award (NHL Coach of the Year) with the Flyers in 2000-01. After his stint with the Tampa organization, Barber returned to the Flyers in a consulting position.

Bill Clement: Clement has achieved tremendous post-playing career success as a national and local hockey broadcaster, speaker, author and actor. His voice is among the most recognizable in the sport, both among Flyers fans and hockey fans living around North America. During his playing days, Clement was a speedy two-way forward who began his 719-game NHL career with four seasons as a Flyer (1971-72 to 1974-75). A member of both of the Stanley Cup winning teams during the Fred Shero era, Clement scored an insurance goal in Game Six of the 1975 Final against the Buffalo Sabres to all but nail down a 2-0 victory. During the 1974-75 season, Clement hit the 20-goal milestone for the first of two times in his career. Primarily, he was a responsible checker a good penalty killer. He later played in two NHL All-Star Games (1976 and 1978). Today, Clement resides in Bucks County, PA.

Brian Propp: A member of the Flyers Hall of Fame and one of the most gifted offensive players in franchise history, Propp achieved a lengthy list of honors for a career that saw him play in five NHL All-Star games and five Stanley Cup finals (three with the Flyers). For his NHL career, he racked up 425 goals and 1,004 points in 1,016 regular season games plus 148 points in 160 playoff games.  During the Flyers portion of his career, "Propper" played 790 regular season games (third on the franchise's all-time list). He compiled 849 points (third most in franchise history), with 369 goals (second only to Bill Barber) and 480 assists (second only to Bobby Clarke). He ranks second to Bob Clarke in all-time playoff scoring, with 112 points in 116 games.
In the postseason, Propp had spectacular runs in 1987 (12 goals, 28 points in 26 games) in route to the Stanley Cup Finals and 1989 (14 goals, 23 points in 18 games) amid the Flyers surprise run to the Cup Semifinals against Montreal. In the latter part of his career, he became known for his signature goal celebration, dubbed the "Guffaw" in honor of a routine in which comedian Howie Mandel used the same gesture. Propp is also a member of the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. Settling permanently in the Delaware Valley, Propp has stayed busy with a variety of business ventures.

Special Guests & Trainers

Lauren Hart (anthem singer): Carrying on the “Voice of the Flyers” in a different realm from her late father, Hockey Hall of Fame broadcaster Gene Hart, Lauren is one of the most recognizable and acclaimed anthem-singers in the National Hockey League. In addition to her renditions of the U.S. and Canadian national anthems, her perfectly timed duet of God Bless America in harmony with a video recording of the late Kate Smith has become a Wells Fargo Center trademark before select Flyers home games. Away from her work with the Flyers, Lauren has recorded several solo music albums and has performed at venues around the country.

Lou Nolan (public address announcer): Nolan has served as the Flyers' public address announcer for the last 42 years and is still going strong. His tenure dates back through the Stanley Cup years and the famous Flyers-Red Army game in 1976 as well as a host of other memorable games and on-ice ceremonies in the years that have followed at both the Spectrum and the Wells Fargo Center. He also has also done hockey-event public address announcing at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Lou is a member of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Dave Culp:
 Formerly the head coach at North Penn High School and Lafayette College, Culp became the longtime trainer and equipment manager of the Flyers Alumni Team. Starting in 1989, the Lansdale native became a highly valued longtime part of the Alumni Team, both for his work on the bench and behind the scenes, as well as his interactions with the players.

Dave "Sudsy" Settlemyre:  "Sudsy" had a long association with the Flyers -- as well as its Philadelphia Firebirds, Maine Mariners and Hershey Bears farm clubs -- as a trainer, equipment manager and even as its emergency goaltender. On March 24th, 1990, Settlemyre served as the Flyers' backup goaltender to Pete Peeters in a game against the New Jersey Devils after Ken Wregget pulled his left hamstring during the pregame warmup and there was insufficient time to recall a player from the AHL. Settlemyre's son, Derek, has followed in his father's footsteps and today is the Flyers' head equipment manager.
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