In honor of the Philadelphia Flyers' 40th year, the organization is encouraging fans to cast their vote in an on-line poll to name the top 10 greatest games in Flyers history. Voting on www.philadelphiaflyers.com begins on Thursday, August 3, 2006, the 40-year anniversary of the official announcement of the Flyers' team name. Voting will conclude on Sunday, August 13.
Fans can cast their vote from among 25 games posted on www.philadelphiaflyers.com, which include a brief synopsis for each game. Games which garner the most votes will be included in a "greatest games" DVD boxed set produced by NHL Productions and distributed by Warner Home Video. This collectible boxed set is slated for public sale at the beginning of the 2006-07 season.
"We have so many fans that have been with us for countless years and have experienced each and every one of the team's great games," said Flyers Vice President of Marketing and Communications Shawn Tilger. "We could not create a top ten games list without their input."
On October 11, 1967, the Flyers traveled to Oakland, CA to face the California Seals in the franchise's first game. A little more than one week later, on October 19, 1967, the Flyers played their first game ever at the Spectrum, defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins, 1-0, in front of a crowd of 7,812. The Flyers played 1,260 regular season and playoff games in 29 years at the Spectrum. On October 5, 1996, the Flyers played their first regular season game at the CoreStates Center (now Wachovia Center), a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. The Flyers' first win at the CoreStates Center was a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on October 7, 1996. This win was also the team's 700th home victory in franchise history. To date, 420 regular season and playoff games have been played at the Wachovia Center (formerly CoreStates Center and First Union Center).