February 8, 2015 |
When NHL commissioner Gary Bettman recently asked Peter Luukko to meet with Florida Panthers owner Vinnie Viola and possibly get involved with their franchise, the former Flyers president was reluctant. Luukko, who 14 months ago abruptly resigned as president of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, was content with his new lifestyle. "I told him I had businesses I was involved with and was having a lot of fun," Luukko said Friday. "I was watching my boys play [hockey]
January 20, 2015
Richard A. Baron has been hired as vice president and chief financial officer at Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Radnor specialty pharmaceutical company developing transdermal synthetic cannabinoid treatments. He had been senior vice president and CFO of Globus Medical. Drugstore chain Rite Aid Corp. , Camp Hill, said Jocelyn Zazyczny Konrad , currently vice president, health-care initiatives, has been promoted to group vice president, pharmacy initiatives and clinical services. Konrad succeeds Karen Staniforth , who was recently promoted to the role of chief operating officer at Health Dialog, a subsidiary of Rite Aid. Friends Center Corp.
December 24, 2014 |
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Fifty-five weeks ago, the Flyers arrived in the Twin Cities to prep for the Minnesota Wild and a game that ultimately took a back seat to news on the trip. On the morning of that Dec. 2 game, the Flyers issued a press release announcing the abrupt resignation of team president and Comcast-Spectacor chief operating officer Peter Luukko. Luukko's sudden cash-out sent shockwaves through the organization, a seismic event that reshaped the foundation of the front office.
November 4, 2014 |
STEVE MASON knew something was different at Wells Fargo Center the moment he stepped on the ice for pregame warmups in the Flyers' first exhibition game on Sept. 22. Everything was brighter - and not necessarily in a good way. If you've been to a Flyers home game this season - or even watched one on TV - you know what Mason means. The only difference is that you don't need to stop frozen black rubber discs flying at 100 mph. The Wells Fargo Center replaced the entire rink lighting system in the 18-year-old arena.
August 7, 2014 |
Peter A. Luukko, who resigned unexpectedly in December as president and chief operating officer of Comcast-Spectacor, has been named chairman of Philly Sports Holdings L.L.C., an Exton company that distributes sports memorabilia and organizes meet-and-greet events with professional athletes. Luukko, 54, worked closely for a quarter-century with Flyers founder Ed Snider, overseeing the team and serving as a member of the NHL board of governors. He also oversaw Comcast-Spectacor's facility-management business, which runs more than 125 sports arenas, stadiums, and convention centers.
June 3, 2014 |
Ed Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, and Lewis Katz used to attend NHL meetings when the latter owned the New Jersey Devils. But Katz, 72, was more than a fellow owner to Snider. He was a confidant and best friend. Katz served as Snider's best man when he was married last year. "He was like my brother. I'm devastated and still in shock," Snider said in a statement after learning that Katz, the co-owner of The Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com, was among seven people aboard a private jet who died in a crash Saturday night in suburban Boston.
May 31, 2014 |
Ed Snider, who brought hockey to Philadelphia in 1967 as founder of the Flyers, is battling an unspecified cancer and completed chemotherapy this week, according to several sources. "He's going to work every day and it's treatable," a source in the organization said. The condition is "non-life-threatening" and Snider is "doing well," said Ike Richman, a spokesman for Comcast-Spectacor, the Flyers' parent company. "He is happy and healthy. " Snider's involvement with the team and the company was not affected by his condition or treatment, Richman said.
May 25, 2014 |
Myrna Snider Thomas, 78, of Philadelphia and Boothbay Harbor, Maine, a charity fund-raiser and former wife of Flyers owner Edward M. Snider, died Thursday, May 22, of lung cancer at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Born in Baltimore, she graduated in 1954 from Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington and soon after married Snider, chairman of Comcast Spectacor, the sports and entertainment company that owns the Flyers professional hockey team. Her family said that in the early years, Mrs. Snider Thomas helped her husband develop the hockey team, which was similar to an extended family.