Joe Kadlec Retires After 40 Seasons With the Flyers
/ Philadelphia Flyers
After 40 seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, Joe Kadlec, the team's first publicity director, is retiring. Kadlec, who joined the club in its initial season in August of 1967, had been serving the team as Director of Fan Services since 1997. He will remain a member of the organization as an Ambassador of Hockey for the Flyers.
"Over the 40-year history of this hockey club, Joe has been an integral part of the team," said Flyers Chairman Ed Snider. "While we will miss all of Joe's charm, energy, enthusiasm and knowledge of our franchise, it is comforting to me to know that he will continue to spread Flyers hockey throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region as one of our Ambassadors."
"I'd like to personally thank Ed Snider for providing me the opportunity to be a part of the greatest organization in professional sports," said Kadlec in making the announcement. "Winning the two Stanley cups (1974 and 1975) and later a Canada Cup (1991) were some of the greatest moments of my life. I will cherish the many friendships I have made with every player who has ever donned the 'orange and black' and worked for the team."
During his 40-year tenure with the Flyers, Kadlec also served as the team's (and the National Hockey League's) first Director of Team Services, under then Head Coach Fred Shero. He completed 30 years of traveling with the Flyers, handling travel, ticket requests and accommodations. He also served as the liaison between the Flyers and the Soviet Red Army team in 1976. With his experience and knowledge of the game on a national level, the NHL utilized Kadlec's expertise with the Challenge Cup in New York, NY, in 1979, and again for Rendezvous '87 in Quebec City, Quebec.
Kadlec's love for hockey began when he was a stick boy for the Philadelphia Ramblers of the Eastern Hockey League (1956-1964). Kadlec later joined the Philadelphia Daily News to work on the sports desk. When he heard a professional hockey franchise had been granted to Snider and the City of Philadelphia, he immediately applied and became the team's first Press Relations Director.
The Professional Hockey Writers' Association on two different occasions recognized Kadlec. He was voted the Red Burnett Memorial Award winner in 1982, for having the most outstanding press box. He captured the Outstanding Press Guide Award in 1983.
He and his wife, Joan, reside in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Joe has two children, Kim and Joe, III.