Snider, who joins ex-Flyers Bernie Parent and Bobby Clarke in the Hall, was elected not only for his founding and directing of what became the jewel franchise from the bold, six-team, 1967 expansion. The 55-year-old owner also was recognized for being a moving force within the NHL.
Snider's founding of PRISM came at a time when the league's dreams of big money from the major networks fizzled. The cable network modeled to the league how regional pay cable could supplement a team's income. The NHL, which lost its NBC game of the week 12 years ago, is today in its best financial health since the six-team days. The development of local cable television is the principal reason.
Snider also was honored for the moving, shaking and common sense he has demonstrated in the league board room. It was his insistence, originally against great opposition, that the NHL sue for peace with the WHA. Eventually, he helped convince enough of his fellow owners that the 1979 merger resulted.
Injury Update: Pat Croce says Peter Zezel, out only a week with a mild shoulder separation, should be able to play tomorrow night in Quebec City. The Flyers' conditioning and rehabilitation coach also said he expects Rick Tocchet, whose second separation in three weeks was more severe than Zezel's, to be ready for the playoff opener Wednesday night.
It has occurred to Tocchet that there might not be a playoff opener if his teammates don't get a point at Le Colisee. If it comes down to Sunday night against Washington here with the Flyers still needing a point to get in, Tocchet promises he will be in the lineup.
Picking Up the Pieces: If the Nordiques, who close their season Sunday night in New York, can knock the Rangers out of the playoffs, Quebec will wind up with two picks in the top five of the draft.
The Nordiques would have their own (probably third) and also are owed the Rangers' first-rounder as compensation for letting coach Michel Bergeron out of the final year of his contract.
The non-playoff teams get the first five picks regardless of whether they finish with more points than any playoff qualifier. If the Rangers get in, their 80-plus points would drop the pick down as low as 13th or 14.
If they don't, general manager Phil Esposito has a lot of rationalizing to do.