WASHINGTON -- As the Philadelphia Flyers begin the Eastern Conference First Round against the Washington Capitals on Thursday at Verizon Center (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports, CSN-DC, CSN-PH), they will carry with them the memory of owner and chairman Ed Snider, who passed away Monday after a two-year battle with cancer.
Throughout the playoffs they will honor Snider, 83, by wearing circular black and white patches with the initials EMS - Edward Malcolm Snider - on the upper left arm of their jerseys.
"Every day we talk about him and the fans really talk about him a lot and the whole city," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. "He was well respected. [Wednesday], I'm watching Tampa Bay against the Red Wings, and they have a tribute to Mr. Snider on the board before the game and it just shows how much respect he has."
Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said the team as a whole will "be part of things" during the public memorial service to be held for Snider at Wells Fargo Center on April 21. The ceremony, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., would come on the off-day between Game 4 and a potential Game 5 of the series against the Capitals.
Hakstol did not want to overplay the motivational impact Snider's death will have on his team, but acknowledged there will be some.
"I think that's with us and within our players," Hakstol said. "I don't think we want to make that a rallying cry. I don't think that's respectful to Mr. Snider or to his family, but certainly we carry him with us every step up the way here."
Center Sean Couturier said: "We can pay our respect by just going out there and giving everything we've got."