PHILADELPHIA, PA. – Before the puck dropped against the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night, the Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their 50th anniversary logo for the 2016-17 season at the Wells Fargo Center.
Fifty years ago on February 9, 1966, the Orange and Black franchise was established giving Philadelphia their first taste of hockey. Upon hearing that the National Hockey League franchise was expanding, Ed Snider created plans for an arena —the Spectrum— to house a hockey team. With the NHL’s race for expansion, Snider struggled to generate enough money to cover the franchise fees and found it difficult for bankers to take his plans seriously.
In 1966, Snider’s plan became a reality when the National Hockey League awarded Snider and Philadelphia the expansion of the franchise under two conditions— build a brand new arena and pay franchise fees. Snider remains the founder and chairman of the Philadelphia Flyers, as he was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988 for his immeasurable dedication to the Flyers franchise.
With 2016-17 marking the 50-year anniversary since the birth of the Orange and Black franchise, Philadelphia plans to honor the last half-century of the Flyers organization. From the first game held in the Spectrum to back-to-back Stanley Cup Championship titles, the Philadelphia Flyers fighting spirit will be celebrated with a commemorative logo that was worn during their NHL debut on October 11, 1967.
The anniversary commemorative logo was revealed for the first time by legends Bobby Clarke, Mark Howe, Bill Barber and Bernie Parent. These former Flyers players were present on the ice as captain Claude Giroux had the honor of dropping the 50th anniversary puck.
To kick off the anniversary season, exclusive benefits for season ticket holders and heritage nights have been planned. The Flyers 50th anniversary logo will be emblazoned on gear, pucks and special player jerseys. The logo was designed to symbolize the tradition of the Philadelphia Flyers’ passion and persistence over the last decade. In addition to a new logo, Wells Fargo will host an anniversary alumni game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.