The Philadelphia Flyers are near and dear to my heart. They have given me a lot of hope over the years, at times they have even had me screaming at my TV, but never for one second did I throw in the towel.
I’ll admit it right now, I was not really an avid Flyers fan until the 2010 season; before then I was a casual fan who’d catch a game here or there but didn’t really know much about the current team or even the historic Broad Street Bullies. As you probably know, the Flyers made it to game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals before losing to the Chicago Blackhawks. During that season I witnessed a team that never gave up and didn’t go down without a fight. From Peter Laviolette’s taking-gum-out-of-mouth-before-losing-his-mind temper tantrums to Ian Laperriere’s multiple slap-shots to the face, the 2010 Flyers captured the essence of the Broad Street Bullies (maybe without the number of penalty minutes), brought the “Philadelphia blue-collar” work ethic to the ice every night, and made me a fan for life.
Myself, along with several other Flyers fans and analysts, did not set expectations too high for this season. And after being in 2nd to last place after 18 games (winning only 5 of those), the season seemed to be taking a turn for the worst. Boy were we all wrong. They fought hard and showed the world that the young Flyers squad is a force to be reckoned with in the years to come.
“The way we evolved from the beginning of the year and the resiliency we showed, I’m proud of every single guy in this dressing room. We gave it our all; I can say there was definitely no lack of effort in this room.” -Wayne Simmonds
From GM Ron Hextall to rookie Shayne Gostisbehere and everyone in between, the 2015-16 Flyers were a success. Edward Malcolm Snider got to see his team make it to the playoffs before passing away, and although he never got to see the playoffs, there’s no doubt that he is looking down with a smile following last night’s defeat.
Since their days as the Broad Street Bullies, their work ethic, grit, determination, and ability to overcome the odds have what made them stand apart from the rest of the NHL, and Ed Snider was a huge part of that. I strive to put forth that kind of effort in everything that I do and that’s why I fell in love with the Flyers; I saw a bit of myself in them. Although they did not, “Win it for Ed,” they sure gave the Caps a run for their money and are one step closer to raising Lord Stanley’s cup in the coming years.
Flyers columnist Jay Greenberg gives us 10 reasons to stand up and applaud the team that fell in 6 games to the Capitals. http://flyers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=880238