As many teams do prior to hosting an outdoor game (you’ll likely remember the Flyers-Rangers alumni game played on New Years’ Eve in 2011), the Flyers confirmed today that they and the Pittsburgh Penguins, as part of each of their 50th anniversary celebrations, will host an alumni game in early 2017, prior to the teams’ outdoor showdown in Pittsburgh.
The date for the @FlyersAlumni game vs. @penguins alumni has been set! More → https://t.co/AhVAcD42P4 pic.twitter.com/ayi3ZM0mwx— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) September 7, 2016
The game will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. (the modern-day Flyers have an afternoon game that day in Boston), and it will be indoors in the Wells Fargo Center rather than outdoors or in Pittsburgh. The Flyers also announced part of their roster for that game, and it includes names from every era of their 50-year history, from Bobby Clarke and Reggie Leach to Eric Lindros and John LeClair to Danny Briere and Brian Boucher. (Danny Briere is on an alumni roster. We’re all old.)
Season ticket holders will be able to purchase tickets as soon as tomorrow (September 8), per the team, and tickets will be open to the general public on Friday, September 16.
The Flyers’ full press release on the event, including all of the confirmed names on the roster so far, is below:
In honor of the 50th anniversaries of the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins, alumni legends from both clubs will renew their rivalry in a special, cross-state contest on January 14, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center.
Flyers season ticket members will enjoy an exclusive alumni game ticket pre-sale – and the opportunity to reserve their own seats – beginning tomorrow, September 8 at 11 a.m. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 16 at 11 a.m. at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com.
This official alumni game will feature representation from every era of Flyers Hockey and will stand as the largest gathering of alumni since the 2012 Winter Classic outdoor game at Citizens Bank Park. Flyers fans will get to see the return of some of the most popular players in franchise history, as well as the debut of first-time alumni players.
“This game is a celebration of the past 50 years of Flyers Hockey,” said Brad Marsh, president of the Flyers Alumni Association. “To bring five decades’ worth of players and fans together to share in the one thing we all have in common – fiercely representing the orange and black – that’s not something that happens every day.”
Flyers Alumni confirmed to play in the January game include:
60’s / 70’s
Forwards - Bob Clarke, Bill Barber, Reggie Leach, Bob Kelly, Orest Kindrachuk
Defense - Joe Watson, Jim Watson
Forwards - Tim Kerr, Dave Poulin, Brian Propp, Murray Craven
Defense - Mark Howe, Brad Marsh, Kjell Samuelsson
Forwards - Eric Lindros, John LeClair
Defense - Luke Richardson, Terry Carkner
Forwards - Danny Briere, Simon Gagne
Defense - Eric Desjardins
Goaltender - Brian Boucher
Full alumni rosters for both teams, in addition to other special guests attending the game, will be announced closer to the game date.
50th Anniversary Season Ticket Memberships are available now and can be reserved by clicking HERE or calling 215-218-PUCK.
The Flyers-Penguins alumni game is presented by AAA.