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Flyers Owner Snider Passes Away at Age 83

Snider only Owner Team had since Inception

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PHILADELPHIA-One of the NHL’s and Philadelphia’s most respected people has passed away this morning. 

Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider passed away Monday morning at the age of 83 after a two-year battle with cancer.

Snider had been the only owner the Flyers had since the NHL granted him and the city of Philadelphia a team back in 1967. Even though the Flyers have had some pretty recognizable players don the Flyers jersey throughout their history, many saw Snider as the face of the franchise.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman released a statement saying, in part, “Ed Snider was the soul and the spirit of the Flyers, who have reflected his competitiveness, his passion for hockey and his love for the fans from the moment he brought NHL hockey to Philadelphia in 1967.”

Not only did Snider have a love the sport of hockey, he had a love for the city of Philadelphia. The Washington, DC-born businessman created the  Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation and the Flyers Wives Carnival, among other initiatives, to help give back to the city.

His impact on the city definitely left a mark with those in it. Philadelphia Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffery Lurie released a statement stating, “Ed was a true visionary and a pioneer who did tremendous things for our city and the sport of hockey. He was driven by a relentless pursuit of winning and his passion for the sport was genuine. That’s one of the reasons I think he was so loved and respected by the fans of our city and by his players and staff. They knew he cared just as much as they did.”

Lurie would also state, “…I think the legacy that Ed will leave behind is his commitment to helping young people in our city succeed in life through his youth hockey foundation.”

Snider’s Flyers saw quite a bit of success in his 50 years as owner. They won the Stanley Cup in back-to-back seasons (1974 & 1975). They also reached the Stanley Cup Final on six other occasions (1976, 1980, 1985, 1987, 1997, & 2010).

Saturday, Philadelphia clinched a spot in this year’s playoffs after missing out last season. Prior to the game, anthem singer Lauren Hart had Snider on FaceTime on her mobile phone so he could be part of the pregame festivities.

Surely, the players on this year’s Flyers team will rally around Snider’s passing and will give the top-seeded Washington Capitals all they can handle. Time will tell if that emotion will hold up in their opening series.

Snider is survived by his six children, 15 grandchildren, and his wife.

Photo Credit: Michael Alan Goldberg/via flickr.com

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