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This Date In Flyers History: October 8

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On this date in Flyers History, the Kate Smith statue was officially dedicated prior to the Flyers game vs. the Montreal Canadiens in 1987 at the Spectrum.

Smith's statue was displayed in front of the Spectrum for over 20 years, and currently resides along with many other famous Spectrum statues at XFinity Live!

On December 11, 1969, Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" was first played at a Flyers game.

The Flyers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-3, at the Spectrum that night. That's where it all began, and "God Bless America" became "our song."

Smith was enchanted by this flamboyant hockey team that found her rendition of the American folk classic to be a good luck charm.

- The Flyers own an all-time record of 2-3-2.

- Rick Tocchet scored all three Flyers goals in a 5-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in 1989. It was his sixth hat trick as a Flyers. Overall, Tocchet posted eight hat tricks in a Flyers sweater.

- Happy Birthdays go out to Alumni Art Stratton (1967-69) and Larry Wright (1971-73 & 1975-76)
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