The defending 1975 Stanley Cup Champion Philadelphia Flyers became the first team to defeat the Central Red Army hockey team on January 11, 1976. In honor of that tremendous victory, during the Flyers-Colorado Avalanche game on Saturday, January 14, the Flyers' popular in-game feature Drive Down Memory Lane will reunite members of that remarkable team, including Bob Clarke, Gary Dornhoefer, Larry Goodenough, Bob Kelly, Orest Kindrachuk, Rick MacLeish, Don Saleski, Dave Schultz, Ed Van Impe, Jim Watson and Joe Watson.
"It was important that we upheld the prestige of hockey in North America," said Joe Watson. "We wanted to prove that we were the best team in hockey. We played with a lot of emotion and it showed throughout the entire game. Our intensity never let up and we were very proud of our accomplishment."
Led by Head Coach Fred Shero, the Flyers received goals from Reggie Leach, Rick MacLeish, Joe Watson and Larry Goodenough and went on to defeat the Central Red Army hockey team from the Soviet Union, 4-1. With that win, the Flyers defended the honor of the league and proved that the Flyers were the best team in hockey. The Flyers dictated the tempo of the game. In the first period, with the game still scoreless, Flyers defenseman Ed Van Impe put a hard check into Valeri Kharlamov and Red Army Head Coach Konstantin Loktev responded by pulling their team from the ice and heading back to the dressing room. Eventually, they accepted a delay of the game penalty and came back to the ice. The game-delay tactic ended up backfiring on the Soviets as they returned to find the Flyers even more resolute than before. The Flyers scored quickly after play resumed and never looked back.
The empowering statement "Win Today Walk Together Forever" that Shero preached to his players still holds true today. The Flyers Alumni Association is among the strongest in he National Hockey League as they continue to make many appearances throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region. Individually they are just as successful: Clarke (Flyers general manager), Dornhoefer (Flyers TV analyst), Goodenough (mortgage broker) Kelly (Flyers ambassador of hockey), Kindrachuk (financial planner), MacLeish (insurance salesman), Saleski (principal of Business Edge Development), Schultz (sports memorabilia business and motivational speaker), Van Impe (insurance salesman), Jim Watson (independent contractor and co-owner of Ice Works Hockey Rink) and Joe Watson (Flyers Advertising Sales Senior Account Executive).