Before things went downhill during Monday night’s game, the Flyers held an emotional pregame tribute to Ed Snider. Tomorrow, the team will hold a public memorial service for the late Flyers owner. Read more »
The Philadelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues once played a game on January 6th of 1972. The Flyers, an expansion squad in its fifth season, were two years away from the first of the franchise’s only two Stanley Cups. It was Fred Shero‘s first year as coach. The Flyers were ahead, 2-0, after two periods, when a riot broke out.
Blues coach Al Arbour — the third employed by St. Louis that season — chased after the ref toward the dressing room. He was complaining about the way the puck was dropped on a face-off earlier in the game. As he berated the ref in the exit runway, a fan reached over and poured a beer over Albour’s head. (Stadium beer was cheaper in those days.)
The incident is recalled in fantastic detail in Glen Macnow and Anthony L. Gargano’s The Great Philadelphia Fan Book. The authors even got Ed Snider to comment on the incident.
“Fans started cursing the Blues and throwing things,” he said. “Then Arbour reached over into the seats and some cop hit him over the head with a billy club. Well, that was it. It became instant mayhem.”
The Blues players rushed to the tunnel entrance, defending their coach. Led by Bob Plager, Blues players rushed into the stands and began fighting fans. One-hundred fifty police officers had to be called in to quell the mayhem. Blues defenseman John Arbour, no relation to the coach, needed 40 stitches. Three Blues players, and coach Arbour, were arrested.
“That was the worst case of police brutality I’ve ever seen or heard about,” Blues owner Sidney Salomon told the Daily News. “It was worse than the riot in Chicago at the convention.” Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo was his usual self: “This community will not tolerate hooliganism. We probably didn’t need our police officers in that situation. I believe our residents could have taken care of the matter on their own.”
Snider bailed the Blues players out of jail. As he told the authors of the book, he was angrier at the way his team reacted than with the fans. The Flyers gave up three goals in the third period and lost to the Blues, 3-2. “I was angry,” Snider said. “Not about the fight, so much as the game. Blowing a two-goal lead made me sick.” The embarrassing fight and loss were on Snider’s 39th birthday. Read more »
Terry Murray’s phone rang in the middle of last summer, after he’d been hired as an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabres.
He immediately recognized the voice on the other end. Ed Snider, after all, had been part of the soundtrack of Murray’s life for much of the last 40 years.
The new job meant Murray was stepping down as head coach of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, bringing to a close his sixth or seventh stint with the Flyers’ organization, depending on how you want to add up his time as player, coach and scout.
Murray knew the Flyers’ legendary chairman was sick, battling cancer for the second time. But Snider wanted to focus on Murray, to ask about his family and thank him for everything he’d done for the organization over the years.
“He just wished me luck,” Murray, 65, said during a phone interview today. “He said, ‘We’ve been around each other for a long time.’ It was the same kind of conversation we had back in the 1970s. He was the same person, and had the same genuine caring for you as a Flyer and your family.”
After Snider’s family announced on Monday that the sports and business mogul had died at his California home at the age of 83, Murray’s thoughts drifted back to their summertime conversation. Snider had always treated his employees like family, but in hindsight, the phone call now felt more significant. “Just to know that Mr. Snider was thinking of me at that difficult time in his life made it even more special,” he said. Read more »
You could get a crippling case of carpal tunnel syndrome trying to list all of Ed Snider‘s accomplishments.
That’s what usually happens on a day like this, when a man of Snider’s immense stature dies — news stories fill with paragraph after paragraph about the professional mountains he conquered, the organizations he improbably brought to life, the honors he collected over the years.
Yes, Snider will forever be known as the wealthy visionary who brought the Flyers to Philadelphia. He was the face of the franchise for nearly 50 years, silver-haired and impeccably dressed, but every bit as hungry for a Stanley Cup championship as orange shirsey-clad diehards who yell at TVs in neighborhood dive bars.
But Snider’s obsession with winning on the ice isn’t what stands out the most in talking with people who knew him well. The anecdotes they shared today, after word spread that Snider had died in California at age 83 from a second bout with cancer, offered a glimpse at a kind and compassionate figure who sometimes emerged from behind a tough-as-nails public persona. Read more »
Beloved Flyers chairman Ed Snider has died, his children announced this morning. As the Flyers gear up for the playoff run they clinched just days earlier, social media erupted with fond remembrances of Snider and encouragement for the franchise he built. Here are some of the best:
— Ryan Mehaffey (@rmehaffey98) April 11, 2016
With the draft now 17 days away, rumors about the Eagles trading up to pick a quarterback are only gaining steam.
In Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column today, he polled “10 team officials with power over their teams’ draft board and draft process.” The Eagles received the second-most votes as the team most likely to trade up into the top five, with the Rams receiving just one more vote. Those polled also overwhelming projected Laremy Tunsil as the No. 1 pick, and Carson Wentz as the first quarterback taken. Read more »
The children of Ed Snider announced this morning that Snider, the chairman of Comcast-Spectacor and founder and longtime face of the Philadelphia Flyers franchise, has died after a two-year battle with cancer. His death comes just days after his Flyers clinched a playoff berth that most thought was unlikely when the season began.
“He fought his last years, months and days with courage and grace and recounted his love for many including his Flyers family and fans,” read the statement from his family. “We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from the community, his friends and all those who were fortunate to have been touched by him in some way, large or small.” Read more »
Garrett Getlin Snider is fretting.
This really isn’t so unusual, as it turns out. Garrett Getlin Snider frets a lot. About his twin sisters, “16 and gorgeous,” who are now at an age where every horny teenage boy on the Main Line is taking notice. About his grandfather, Ed Snider, the legendary 82-year-old Philadelphia Flyers owner and chairman of Comcast Spectacor. About his grandmother, about his studies at Drexel, about the kids: the kids in Montgomery County, the kids around the country, the kids around the world. Who is going to help the kids? And so Garrett Getlin Snider frets, worry lines already beginning to form across his square, pale 19-year-old face. Read more »
Ever notice how for the bold-faced and famous here, Philadelphia’s social scene resembles a high school? The dating pool is shallow, everyone knows everyone else, and a stroll down the hall (or around Rittenhouse Square) can lead to a memory-lane disaster. Maybe that’s why A-list magnet Roseanne Martin’s latest well-to-do beau is an out-of-towner. Smart move, girlfriend — and a departure for Martin and others whose love connections are local, notable and, like, totes complicated.
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