Dan Gross: Former Flyer Dave Schultz hopes to become U.S. citizen

Posted: August 16, 2010

BROAD STREET Bully. Enforcer. The Hammer. Dave Schultz has been called many things, but never a U.S. citizen.

After nearly 40 years in the United States, Schultz, 60, will soon begin the journey toward citizenship. And, he says, so will fellow Flyers alums Orest Kindrachuk, Bob Kelly and Bill Clement, now a Flyers broadcaster, all of whom Schultz says were encouraged to become citizens by U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, who is a pal of former Flyers defenseman Bob Dailey.

A Flyers spokesman says that former Flyers assistant coach Jack McIlhargey is also starting the naturalization process.

"We're gonna get it done. They're good people. They're not terrorists. Although some of them were terrorists on the ice," said Brady, who performed Tuesday at the 20th annual Stu Bykofsky Candidates Comedy Night at Finnigan's Wake (3rd & Spring Garden), where Schultz revealed his citizenship plans and said that since the United States and the Philadelphia area had always been so good to him he wanted to become an American.

Schultz, a two-time Stanley Cup champion who still holds the record for most penalty minutes in a season (472), now works as a business development manager for Glacial Energy, in Voorhees.

Sykes takes Media stage

Funnywoman Wanda Sykes joins the Media Theatre's production of "Annie," in which she'll play Miss Hannigan from Nov. 23 to Dec. 12 and again from Jan. 12 to Jan. 16. The "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "New Adventures of Old Christine" actress, who performed for President Obama at last year's White House Correspondents Dinner, keeps a home in Media with her wife, Alex , and the couple's baby twins. Tickets are available by calling 610-891-0100 or online at mediatheatre.org.

Vick is Flava's Fav

Flava Flav wore a Michael Vick jersey when Public Enemy played the Trocadero (1003 Arch) Friday and told the crowd that the Eagles quarterback is his favorite football player. Philly hip-hop pioneer Schoolly D came out and did a few of his old-school jams with the group, whose leader Chuck D, said that this was the first city to show love to the group outside of its native New York, according to the Trentonian.

Meteorologist marries

Congratulations to NBC 10 meteorologist Dave Warren, who married real-estate agent Allison Frick in North Carolina last week, then spent a week's honeymoon in Hilton Head, S.C. Warren's colleagues Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz and John Clark were the only two guests from the station at the nuptials.

Out and about

_ Wrestling legend Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka restrained himself from jumping off anything at the Breadsticks restaurant Saturday at Resorts in Atlantic City, where he dined with his wife, Carol, on shrimp cocktail, a Cuban panini, a seafood platter and desserts. Snuka was a special guest at the hotel's Boogie Nights club.

_ Former NFL tight end Kyle Brady went for the "Not-So Basic Omelet" at Legal Sea Foods at Philadelphia International Airport the other day before the Patriots, Jets, Jaguars and Penn State veteran caught a flight.

_ Sixers forward Elton Brand slept in his first-class seat for most of a Sunday morning US Airways flight from the Bahamas.

_ Chef Kevin Sbraga, who's now repping Philly on Bravo's "Top Chef," was at Butcher & Singer (15th & Walnut) with two pals Saturday night celebrating a birthday. Sbraga, who just left Rat's, in Hamilton, N.J., and plans to open his own restaurant, told a well-wisher who said he was rooting for him on the show simply to "keep watching."

Hear WHAT?

A lineup change? Yes.

WHAT 1340 AM program director Jim Clark this morning took over the 6 to 9 shift that Elaine Soncini and Mike Bowe had hosted. The pair will now work 2 to 5 p.m., with Bowe staying on until 6 p.m. to do the "WHAT Happy Hour."

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