If there’s something every hockey fan knows about Philadelphia it’s that they’ll always be known for the “Broad Street Bullies” of the 1970s. Hell, they’ve been trying to recreate that atmosphere in Philly ever since then it seems and why not, those were the teams that brought Philadelphia their only two Stanley Cups in team history. If you’re wondering what it could take to have players from those teams endear themselves to the city of Philadelphia even more, how about becoming American citizens? That’s what four players from the Flyers’ golden age are doing.
Canadians Bill Clement, Orest Kindrachuk, Bob Kelly and Dave Schultz are known for leading the Flyers to their only two Stanley Cup titles in 1974 and 1975. They raised the Cup together and they’ll raise their right hands to take the citizenship oath.
“It’s just the right thing to do,” Kelly said. “It’s something we should have done a long, long time ago.”
The Flyers foursome was encouraged by former teammate Bob Dailey and U.S. Representative Bob Brady to start the citizenship process this year.
“They’re not terrorists, though they were terrorists on the ice,” Brady said. “They’re law-abiding contributing citizens in the Philadelphia area.”
Most fans probably know Bill Clement by now either from his days as Gary Thorne’s sidekick on ESPN or EA’s NHL video games or from, perhaps his forever creepy bug spray commercial. Orest Kindrachuk has one of the best all-time hockey names and centerman on those teams while Bob Kelly was a left wing.
Dave Schultz you may know better from his nickname as “The Hammer.” Schultz was one of the toughest guys on those Broad Street Bullies teams which is a compliment in and of itself. Don’t worry, with such a reputation on the ice it’s doubtful the United States will hold that against him while doing a background check on him to become a citizen. He’s been an upstanding person since retiring from the NHL, at least as far as we can tell. The thought of Schultz giving someone the business in an office setting is both hilarious and terrifying all the same.
With the process to become citizens underway, the foursome hope to become official dual citizens by the end of the year.
‘John leaves a lasting mark’: NHL announces Collins’ departure as COO
One of the driving forces behind the NHL’s growth over the last decade is moving on.
John Collins, who’s served as the league’s chief operating officer for the last seven years, will be leaving his post to embark on a new business opportunity.
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Collins, who joined the NHL in November 2006, had been COO since August 2008.
“John leaves a lasting mark,” said Commissioner Bettman. “His energy, creativity and skill at building strategic partnerships helped drive significant revenue growth for our League. We are grateful for his many contributions and wish him the best in his new endeavors.”
Said Collins, “I’m grateful to Commissioner Bettman for his leadership and friendship over the past nine years. He had a vision for extending the reach of the NHL and supported us completely as we set out to make the game as big as it deserves to be.
“The NHL’s future is filled with promise and potential and I will admire and cheer the League’s successes to come on the global stage.”
Collins, 53, was regarded as one of main presences behind a number of the NHL’s most successful initiatives, including the Winter Classic and Stadium Series, the HBO 24/7 collaboration, the relaunched World Cup of Hockey, Canadian and American television deals and partnerships with companies like SAP, Adidas, Major League Baseball Advanced Media and GoPro.
During Collins’ tenure, the NHL was twice named “Sports League of the Year” by the SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily — once in 2011, and again in 2014.
Columbus will have some reinforcements up front when it takes on the Devils tomorrow in New Jersey.
Brandon Dubinsky, who’s missed the last six games with an elbow injury, and Alexander Wennberg — who’s also missed the last six games, but with a foot ailment — have both been activated from injured reserve, and should be available for selection on Wednesday.
The Winter Classic Alumni Game is back this year, scheduled for New Year’s Eve at Gillette Stadium between former members of the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins.
Today, the NHL announced the rosters and coaching staffs.
Famous ex-Habs that will take to the outdoor ice include Larry Robinson, Guy Carbonneau, and Mats Naslund. Behind the bench will be Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Demers and Guy Lafleur, among others.
The home side will counter with Bruins legends Ray Bourque, Cam Neely, and “Nifty” Rick Middleton, while Don Cherry, Mike Milbury, and Derek Sanderson will be among the coaches. (Quite a trio of personalities right there.)