PHILADELPHIA -- Brad McCrimmon
made his mark on many players all over the NHL during his 18 seasons as a player as well as his coaching career. It was that coaching career that took him to the Lokomotiv team in Russia this year, and led to his tragic death in September's plane crash.
McCrimmon spent five seasons with the Flyers, and in today's Alumni Game, his presence was felt as each player had a No. 10 patch on their left shoulder.
"About a month ago I requested to do it and the entire organization thought it would be a great idea," said Mark Howe
, McCrimmon's defense partner for three seasons during which the Flyers went to the Stanley Cup Final twice. "Brad was a very important part of the team in the '80s and a dear friend to a lot of people in the locker room and it was only fitting he be remembered as part of the team."
The players certainly were proud to do something to memorialize McCrimmon.
was a tough loss for all of us," said Rick Tocchet
. "For me especially. He was one of the main reasons I stuck in the NHL. I sat beside him in the locker room. He was a big part of my life, teaching me how to be a pro."
Contact Adam Kimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK