Philadelphia Flyers PowerPlay Hockey, the power wheelchair hockey affiliate of the Flyers' National Hockey League organization, recently won the 2018 Powerhockey Cup championship. The team defeated the Michigan Mustangs, 11-4, on July 18, to capture the Cup. Held every two years, the Powerhockey Cup features power wheelchair hockey teams from across the United States and Canada.
The Flyers adopted the team, formerly known as the Philadelphia PowerPlay, as an official affiliate in Sept. 2017. The affiliation, the first of its kind among National Hockey League organizations, was created as part of the NHL's "Hockey is for Everyone" initiative. However, the team's journey to the North American championship of its sport goes back 19 years, to the time its foundation by the late Pat Hilferty.
"When the Flyers affiliated with our team, the players on the team were excited, and the parents of kids on the team cried tears of happiness because we knew what it meant for our team and for the sport. As a team, we saw things building, year by year, both on the court and off the court. This season was something very special and very emotional," said Susan Lee-Miller, the mother of 20-year-old Flyers PowerPlay captain Liam Miller.