The son of a grocery store owner, Mr. Snider formed the Flyers with several partners as an expansion franchise in 1967 in a city with no hockey tradition, no base of hockey fans and no hockey arena. They built one on Broad Street, called it the Spectrum and installed their team.
After a shaky start, the Flyers turned the City of Brotherly Love into a town that loved bare-knuckle fights on the ice. Mr. Snider hired a cadre of roughneck fighters after seeing his team of aging retreads and young castoffs humiliated by brawlers like the St. Louis Blues and the Montreal Canadiens. Blood flowed. Sellout crowds roared. In 1973, The Philadelphia Bulletin dubbed the Flyers the “Broad Street Bullies.”
“Ed basically created hockey in Philadelphia,” Peter Luukko, the Flyers’ president, told The New York Times in 2011.“Ed basically created hockey in Philadelphia,” Peter Luukko, the Flyers’ president, told The New York Times in 2011.Share