This season marks the 40th anniversary of the Flyers' first Stanley Cup in 1973-74.
Club chairman Ed Snider plans to honor that team and the 1974-75 Cup champions with a special dinner for season ticket holders to benefit Flyers Charities. The gala event, “Broad Street Bash,” will take place Saturday, Jan. 25 at XFinity Live! from 6-9 p.m. and feature the Dropkick Murphys. Tickets are $200 per person.
Among the Flyers attending will be Bob Clarke, Bernie Parent, Bob Kelly, Gary Dornhoefer, Bill Barber, Terry Crisp, Moose Dupont, Dave Schultz, Orest Kindrachuk, Don Saleski, Bobby Taylor, Ross Lonsberry and of course, the Watson Brother, Joe and Jimmy.
The net proceeds benefit Flyers Charities.
Speaking of Flyers charities, the 37th annual Flyers Wives Fight For Lives Carnival will take place Sunday, Jan. 26 – the day after the Broad Street Bash.
The Flyers Wives also plan to honor those two Cup champions teams at their Carnival this year, tying these two events together for their charities.
They will present the teams with a special award.
“One of the new things is we’re giving our Flyers Wives Carnival, “Spirit of Giving Award” to the Stanley Cup team, because it’s the 40th anniversary,” said Mary Ann Saleski, senior vice-president of Flyers Wives Charities.
She said the idea came about because the Philadelphia Sportswriters Association was also honoring the team and this year’s annual banquet.
“We thought they’re going to be here, so we might as well do something,” Saleski said. “We’re honoring them with this award which means we have the entire [surviving members of the] team (1974 and 1975) at the Carnivalm which should help Alumni Alley.
“The Mezzanine Level, which is usually Alumni Alley, will be full of a lot more players. That should be fun.”
The usual interactive games will again be around with a few surprises, as well, as the very popular Guitar Hero and dunk tank.
This year’s Carnival co-chairs are Nadine Coburn, wife of Braydon, and Johanna Timonen, wife of Kimmo.
“We think that this is my seventh Carnival, and I have co-chaired it for two years,” Coburn said. “I think it’s a great event, because the fans get to come out and the guys enjoy it. It’s great for families, and now that we have children I can see how much they enjoy it.
“Now that my daughter is at that age, even though she’s only two, I can’t believe how much she loves hockey. It’s hard on a ballet dancer that I was, because I think my daughter is going to play.
“It’s just great for fans to come out and see the guys, and have that interaction and personal moment with them.”
The Carnival has raised over $25 million over its history. Those monies are now spread among 150 local charities throughout the course of the hockey season.
“The Carnival is our biggest fundraiser, but it’s one of many that the Flyers wives are involved with throughout the year,” Saleski said.
“It used to be for one charity, but over the years we’ve realized that we’ve raised so much money we can benefit more people in the community by giving to multiple charities.”
Talbot vs. Downie
Colorado Avs coach Patrick Roy made some comparisons to the Denver Post this week about Max Talbot and Steve Downie.
They were traded straight-up for each other last week.
“Talbot is sandpaper, as much as Downie was, in my opinion,” Roy said. “Is he going to drop the gloves as good as Downie? No. But, I mean … just watch him play the last two games. He played with a lot of grit and we’re certainly happy with that.”
Roy added that Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren called him “five or six times” about acquiring Downie.
ABC's new sit-com (Tuesdays at 9 p.m.) has a Flyers side to it.
Barry Goldberg, the oldest brother on the show, wore a Flyers jacket and keychain during the show on Nov. 5, giving the Flyers iconic logo approximately $102,500 in exposure, according to Front Row Analytics, a subsidiary of the Flyers parent company, Comcast-Spectacor.
The Flyers sent a gift pack to Goldbergs' producer, Adam Goldberg, a Philadelphia native, and longtime Flyers’ fan.