"The people love us," Schultz said. "And even those that weren't born. They Google us. Or they see us on the HBO special. This town has such a great phenomenal set of fans."
Barber said the city's fan base was attracted to the team's "ruggedness." And Barber said the players reaped the benefits.
"Nobody wanted to come to the Spectrum," said Barber, 61.
Drafted in 1972 by the Flyers, the left winger spent his entire 12-year NHL career in Philadelphia. He was the first coach of the minor-league Phantoms and spent one season as head coach of the Flyers.
"Coaching the Flyers was a great honor," Barber said. "They are memories for me that I won't forget. It was a great time." And like some of his other Broad Street Bullies teammates, Barber is still employed by the organization. He is a scouting consultant, which he said he does mostly from Florida.
"I'm winding down here," Barber said. "I'm an outside opinion, I'll sit in on a meeting every once in a while. But directly scouting and going game to game, that's not happening anymore."
The writers also honored Juniata Park's world boxing champion, Danny Garcia, as the Philadelphia pro athlete of the year and Eagles running back LeSean McCoy as the outstanding national pro athlete of the year.
Bernard Hopkins received a lifetime achievement award. Hopkins, the International Boxing Federation light-heavyweight champion, turned 49 earlier this month. He said he plans to fight again on March 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn against World Boxing Association champ Beibut Shumenov.
"I was in the gym today, I'll be in the gym tomorrow. I'm in the gym at least 80 or 90 percent of the time," Hopkins said. "I like feeling good and looking good."