"I thought he should have been in a long time ago," Snider said. "I'm in. [Former general manager] Keith Allen is in. Several of the players are in, but Freddy is the guy who made it all happen, and he didn't get the recognition he should have gotten. But no sense looking back. I'm just happy that it's finally happened."
Right winger Brendan Shanahan, currently the NHL's dean of discipline, and defensemen Chris Chelios and Scott Niedermayer will also be inducted, along with Canadian women's national team defenseman Geraldine Heaney.
Jay Greenberg, who covered the Flyers from 1975 to 1989 for the Evening Bulletin and then the Philadelphia Daily News, and broadcaster Harry Neale will be inducted into the Hall's media wing. Greenberg will receive the Elmer Ferguson Award for his outstanding writing, while Neale, who worked for Hockey Night in Canada before joining the Buffalo Sabres, is the winner of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award.
The media wing also includes two others who had Flyers ties: broadcasters Gene Hart and Mike "Doc" Emrick.
Greenberg covered the Flyers during a part of Shero's tenure.
In a six-year span, Shero led his teams to four Stanley Cup Finals appearances, including 1979 with the New York Rangers.
"I really admired him because he put me in situations which, as a young player, was almost like a veteran's role," said Hall of Fame left winger Bill Barber, who was 21 and in his second season when the Flyers won their first Stanley Cup in 1974. "That's how I remember him best. Preparation for our hockey team. Preparing our team for the opposition and how we needed to play."
Bryz 'learned a lot' in Philly
Former Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who will have an AHL assignment in Oklahoma City before joining the Edmonton Oilers, told the Edmonton Sun: "You do more learning from the tough times you've been through. When times are difficult it forces you to think and do things you've never done. I learned a lot from these two years in Philly."
"I just can tell you when the time is right," he said. "I will write the book. You can read it then."
The Flyers will play on Tuesday in Ottawa, getting their first look at Cherry Hill's Bobby Ryan in a Senators uniform. . . . Winger Steve Downie, who has missed the last four games with a concussion suffered in a Nov. 1 fight, could return to the lineup on Tuesday.