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Flyers Return to London, Ontario to Battle Ottawa at John Labatt Center September 18

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

First 100 people to purchase tickets at the John Labatt Centre receive a free t-shirt

(London, Ontario – July 9, 2007) The new-look Philadelphia Flyers will play a preseason game in their “home away from home,” the John Labatt Centre, when they host the Eastern Conference Champion Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, September 18th. Tickets will go on sale to the public Friday, July 13th at 10 a.m. The first 100 customers to buy tickets at the John Labatt Centre Box Office receive free T-Shirt.

“We are fortunate to call the John Labatt Centre our ‘Home Away from Home,’” said Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko. “The outpouring of support by the London hockey fans is overwhelming. We can’t wait to bring the Flyers back to London again this season and showcase our new and exciting line-up.”

This marks the first time in four visits to London that the Flyers will play a Canadian team. Previous match-ups included the Washington Capitals, the Atlanta Thrashers and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Flyers bolstered their line-up this off-season by acquiring forwards Daniel Briere and Scott Hartnell and defenseman Jason Smith and Kimmo Timonen. Additionally, the team features London-native Jeff Carter and veterans Simon Gagne, Martin Biron and Mike Knuble.

"It will be great to open the preseason in our home province. We're looking forward to playing in one of the premiere buildings in Canada - the John Labatt Centre”, said Senators President and C.E.O. Roy Mlakar.  "The Flyers and Senators enjoy a strong rivalry and this will be an excellent way to start our quest to return to the Stanley Cup finals."

The Senators come into the preseason after completing the best season in the club’s history despite losing the Stanley Cup to the Anaheim Ducks. The Senators are lead by Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Captain Daniel Alfredsson.

“We are looking forward to welcoming back the Flyers to the John Labatt Centre,” said Brian Ohl, Global Spectrum Facility Management’s Regional Vice President and General Manager of the John Labatt Centre. “This game has become an annual event due to the overwhelming support of the hockey fans of London and southwestern Ontario.”

Both Global Spectrum Facility Management, operators of the John Labatt Centre, and the Philadelphia Flyers are subsidiaries of internationally known sports and entertainment firm Comcast-Spectacor.

Tickets are $ 70.00 and $ 55.00 and will go on sale on Friday, July 13 at 10 a.m. at the John Labatt Centre box office, the Book Store at Western and Books Plus. Tickets will also be available on line at or via phone at 1-866-455-2849.

Global Spectrum ( is the fastest growing firm in the public assembly facility management field with more than 70 facilities throughout Canada and the United States. The company is part of one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies, Comcast-Spectacor, which also owns the Flyers of the National Hockey League, the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association, the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League, Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, a regional sports programming network, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, and Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company and 3601 Creative Group, a full-service in-house advertising agency. In a partnership with Disson Skating, Comcast-Spectacor annually produces 10 nationally televised figure skating spectaculars on NBC.
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