Today, the National Hockey League and Philadelphia Flyers announced the launch of the Philadelphia Flyers Warriors hockey team. As a legacy to the 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™, the NHL and Flyers made a joint donation to fund the new team which is affiliated with USA Hockey's Warrior Hockey program, dedicated to injured and disabled U.S. Military Veterans who have served their country. The joint donation will be used to cover costs such as sticks, skates, pads, jerseys, as well as dedicated ice time in rinks around the Philadelphia area.
"The Philadelphia Flyers are honored to officially welcome the Philadelphia Flyers Warriors," said Brad Marsh, Philadelphia Flyers Director of Community Relations and Flyers Alumni President. "These men and women cannot be thanked enough for their service. Supporting their interest and passion for the game of hockey, with the help of the NHL, is just one small way the Flyers can recognize these veterans and bring hockey into new communities across the Greater Philadelphia Region. We are hoping the Philadelphia Flyers Warriors program is enjoyed for years to come beginning with this founding group."
Twenty members of the Philadelphia Flyers Warriors - the 11th team to work in partnership with USA Hockey's Warrior Hockey program - were welcomed during a special event at Wells Fargo Center. The Warrior Hockey program includes teams across the U.S. including Blackhawks Warriors Vets, Buffalo Warriors, Capital Beltway Warriors, Challenge Alaska Warrior, Dallas Warriors Hockey, Michigan Warriors, MN Disabled Warriors, Motor City (Detroit), Peoria Iron Sights, and Pittsburgh Warriors.
"Hockey requires incredible strength and skill, perseverance and commitment, and it builds camaraderie. And all of these are all attributes found in our service men and women -- from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard," said Kim Davis, NHL Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs. "The NHL is conscious of its understanding of hockey's role and influence in society and breaking down barriers that stand in the way of equality, inclusion and opportunity. Today, the NHL is proud to welcome the newest members into its hockey family."
Special guests in attendance at today's event to welcome the new Philadelphia Flyers Warriors included Dave Scott, Chairman and CEO, Comcast Spectacor; Paul Holmgren, Philadelphia Flyers President; Shawn Tilger, Philadelphia Flyers Executive Vice President and COO; and members of the Flyers Alumni.
The event was held prior to the 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ when the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Flyers on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on NBC in the United States and on SN1, SN360 and TVAS2 in Canada.
The Legacy initiative is an ongoing philanthropic endeavor in which the League and the local Club support community organizations in the host city of an NHL Event. Since 2003, the League, its Clubs and partners have donated more than $3.5 million to communities across North America. Legacy projects have aided thousands of hospital patients in recovery; helped at-risk youth and families gain better access to educational and vocational training; and provided greater access to people of all ages to learn and play hockey.