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February 23, 1996 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The affable Joe Watson, the scorer of one of the most memorable goals in Flyers history, became the 15th member of the club's Hall of Fame in an on-ice ceremony before last night's game against Washington at the Spectrum. Watson, 52, scored a shorthanded goal on Jan. 11, 1976, in the Flyers' historic 4-1 victory over the Soviet Red Army team at the Spectrum. The Flyers were the first NHL team to defeat the touring Soviets. An original Flyer and fourth on the team's all-time games-played list, Watson recorded 36 goals, 162 assists and 397 penalty minutes in 746 games over an 11-year career with the Flyers.
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July 12, 2013 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The family of Joe Watson, a grinding, fan favorite defenseman on the Flyers 1974 and 1975 championship teams, is hoping to recover a Stanley Cup ring stolen from Watson's daughter. The diamond encrusted pinkie ring the Flyers gave to each players' wife to celebrate the 1974 Cup victory was taken from the Rittenhouse Square apartment of Heidi Watson, 34, in a burglary Monday afternoon. As a member of the original 1967 Flyers, Joe Watson played 11 seasons with the team and memorably scored a goal in the 1976 game against the Soviet Union Red Army team.
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August 13, 2008 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The arena in Smithers, British Columbia, where former Flyers defensemen Joe and Jimmy Watson once starred will be renamed Friday. Not after Joe, who played in the NHL for 15 seasons and became a cornerstone of the Flyers' expansion franchise in 1967. Not after his younger brother Jimmy, who played in five all-star games and, like Joe, was a member of the Flyers' two Stanley Cup champions. Instead, the honor will go to their 85-year-old, hair-pulling mother, Mary. "A lot of [NHL]
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May 28, 2010 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers, fueled by an epic comeback in which they overcame a 3-0 series deficit against the Boston Bruins in the conference semifinals, are trying to win the franchise's third Stanley Cup - and their first since 1975. That 1975 team was a powerhouse. It went 51-18-11 for 113 points in the regular season and intimidated teams with its brawling, physical style. But it also had three future Hall of Famers - goalie Bernie Parent, center Bobby Clarke, and left winger Bill Barber - as its core group.
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May 20, 2010 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kate Smith left her stamp on the Flyers, inspiring the team on its way to its first Stanley Cup with her rousing rendition of "God Bless America. " Now the U.S. Postal Service is putting Smith on a stamp. A new 44-cent commemorative honoring the American singer - the Flyers' beloved "good luck charm" - was unveiled outside the Wachovia Spectrum on Wednesday as alumni of the 1974 championship team looked on. The event was well-timed. It was 36 years to the date that Smith performed "God Bless America" in person just before team captured its first Stanley Cup. The relationship of Smith and the Flyers, always considered an unlikely pairing, has become the stuff of Philadelphia sports legend.
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February 14, 1993 | By Robert F. O'Neill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
"It was an honor just to be on the ice with them," said Township Commissioner Jack McDonald, a Canadian native who is no stranger to the game of ice hockey. McDonald was one of 23 township public works employees and relatives who dared to face off with the Philadelphia Flyers alumni Wednesday night in a charity contest at the Haverford Skatium. It was dubbed the "War on Ice," a battle of blades and sticks between the Broad Street Bullies and the Raging Bulls, as the locals called themselves.
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May 20, 2010 | By BROAD STREET BULLY as told to DAN GERINGER, bully@phillynews.com 215-854-5961
I'M BROAD STREET BULLY, inviting you to keep e-mailing your Flyered-up family stories and photos to me at: bully@phillynews.com   DIE-HARD SINCE BLAZERS: Ralph Faustino, 50, has been a die-hard fan since he went to a 1972 Philadelphia Blazers game when he was 12 and was blown away by goalie Bernie Parent's flame-painted mask. "He was so cool!" the Southwest Philly native, from 61st and Grays, told B-Street Bully. "I would make pads out of old couch cushions, use a baseball glove and a Mylec stick and imitate his moves.
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May 19, 2010 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kate Smith left her stamp on the Flyers, inspiring the team on its way to its first Stanley Cup with her rousing rendition of "God Bless America. " Now the U.S. Postal Service is putting Smith on a stamp. A new 44 cent commemorative honoring the iconic American singer - and the Flyers beloved "good luck charm" - was unveiled outside the Spectrum on Wednesday as alumni of 1974 championship team looked on. The event was well-timed. It was 36 years to the date that Smith performed "God Bless America" in person just prior to the team capturing its first Stanley Cup. The relationship of Smith and the Flyers, always considered an unlikely pairing, has become the stuff of Philadelphia sports legend.
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May 20, 2010 | By Sam Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kate Smith left her stamp on the Flyers, inspiring the team on its way to its first Stanley Cup with her rousing rendition of "God Bless America. " Now the U.S. Postal Service is putting Smith on a stamp. A new 44-cent commemorative honoring the American singer - the Flyers' beloved "good luck charm" - was unveiled outside the Wachovia Spectrum on Wednesday as alumni of the 1974 championship team looked on. The event was well-timed. It was 36 years to the date that Smith performed "God Bless America" in person just before team captured its first Stanley Cup. The relationship of Smith and the Flyers, always considered an unlikely pairing, has become the stuff of Philadelphia sports legend.
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June 2, 1987 | By Jay Searcy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Almost every member of the Philadelphia Flyers was in some way physically disabled when the Edmonton Oilers finally wrestled away the Stanley Cup in Edmonton Sunday night. A laceration here. A sprain there. A mouse under an eye. A fat lip. A bruise. A contusion. A muscle pull. A strain. Ribs, noses, fingers, shoulders, backs, ankles, wrists. Every Flyer, to a man, was aching somewhere. So, at first glance at least, it might be hard to understand why the Flyers were laughing so hard when their Air Canada charter touched down at Philadelphia International Airport at 6:48 yesterday morning.
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November 12, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
TORONTO - The memory is foggy, perhaps dinged by a few cross-checks, slap shots or even the occasional pint. As Joe Watson recalls, the Flyers had just knocked off the Blackhawks at the old Chicago Stadium - the "Madhouse on Madison. " They boarded the bus and figured they were heading back to the team hotel. Fred Shero had a different idea. Without telling anyone, Shero directed the bus driver to the players' favorite Windy City watering hole, a tavern called "Hennessy's.
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July 12, 2013 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The family of Joe Watson, a grinding, fan favorite defenseman on the Flyers 1974 and 1975 championship teams, is hoping to recover a Stanley Cup ring stolen from Watson's daughter. The diamond encrusted pinkie ring the Flyers gave to each players' wife to celebrate the 1974 Cup victory was taken from the Rittenhouse Square apartment of Heidi Watson, 34, in a burglary Monday afternoon. As a member of the original 1967 Flyers, Joe Watson played 11 seasons with the team and memorably scored a goal in the 1976 game against the Soviet Union Red Army team.
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April 12, 2013 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
'YOU DON'T TALK to 'em . . . You plant 'em!" Larry "The Rock" Zeidel is standing over me now, fists clenched, his mammoth knuckles inches from my face. Four months ago, he was lying pale-faced in the intensive-care ward of Bryn Mawr Hospital, his legs swollen and blackened from a congestive heart condition worsened over the years by a lack of medical insurance. But there is little hint of that man now. Now it is easy to understand why he has ignored those health problems, why he has in the past refused or flatly not sought health insurance provided by the Social Security he collects in his advanced age. At 85, more than 4 decades removed from his last days as a stick-wielding hockey enforcer, Larry Zeidel lives most of his waking hours still inside that character, rambling on in no apparent chronological order about a modest heyday that he surrendered so much of his life to obtain.
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May 28, 2010 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers, fueled by an epic comeback in which they overcame a 3-0 series deficit against the Boston Bruins in the conference semifinals, are trying to win the franchise's third Stanley Cup - and their first since 1975. That 1975 team was a powerhouse. It went 51-18-11 for 113 points in the regular season and intimidated teams with its brawling, physical style. But it also had three future Hall of Famers - goalie Bernie Parent, center Bobby Clarke, and left winger Bill Barber - as its core group.
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May 20, 2010 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kate Smith left her stamp on the Flyers, inspiring the team on its way to its first Stanley Cup with her rousing rendition of "God Bless America. " Now the U.S. Postal Service is putting Smith on a stamp. A new 44-cent commemorative honoring the American singer - the Flyers' beloved "good luck charm" - was unveiled outside the Wachovia Spectrum on Wednesday as alumni of the 1974 championship team looked on. The event was well-timed. It was 36 years to the date that Smith performed "God Bless America" in person just before team captured its first Stanley Cup. The relationship of Smith and the Flyers, always considered an unlikely pairing, has become the stuff of Philadelphia sports legend.
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May 20, 2010 | By BROAD STREET BULLY as told to DAN GERINGER, bully@phillynews.com 215-854-5961
I'M BROAD STREET BULLY, inviting you to keep e-mailing your Flyered-up family stories and photos to me at: bully@phillynews.com   DIE-HARD SINCE BLAZERS: Ralph Faustino, 50, has been a die-hard fan since he went to a 1972 Philadelphia Blazers game when he was 12 and was blown away by goalie Bernie Parent's flame-painted mask. "He was so cool!" the Southwest Philly native, from 61st and Grays, told B-Street Bully. "I would make pads out of old couch cushions, use a baseball glove and a Mylec stick and imitate his moves.
NEWS
May 20, 2010 | By Sam Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kate Smith left her stamp on the Flyers, inspiring the team on its way to its first Stanley Cup with her rousing rendition of "God Bless America. " Now the U.S. Postal Service is putting Smith on a stamp. A new 44-cent commemorative honoring the American singer - the Flyers' beloved "good luck charm" - was unveiled outside the Wachovia Spectrum on Wednesday as alumni of the 1974 championship team looked on. The event was well-timed. It was 36 years to the date that Smith performed "God Bless America" in person just before team captured its first Stanley Cup. The relationship of Smith and the Flyers, always considered an unlikely pairing, has become the stuff of Philadelphia sports legend.
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May 19, 2010 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kate Smith left her stamp on the Flyers, inspiring the team on its way to its first Stanley Cup with her rousing rendition of "God Bless America. " Now the U.S. Postal Service is putting Smith on a stamp. A new 44 cent commemorative honoring the iconic American singer - and the Flyers beloved "good luck charm" - was unveiled outside the Spectrum on Wednesday as alumni of 1974 championship team looked on. The event was well-timed. It was 36 years to the date that Smith performed "God Bless America" in person just prior to the team capturing its first Stanley Cup. The relationship of Smith and the Flyers, always considered an unlikely pairing, has become the stuff of Philadelphia sports legend.
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August 13, 2008 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The arena in Smithers, British Columbia, where former Flyers defensemen Joe and Jimmy Watson once starred will be renamed Friday. Not after Joe, who played in the NHL for 15 seasons and became a cornerstone of the Flyers' expansion franchise in 1967. Not after his younger brother Jimmy, who played in five all-star games and, like Joe, was a member of the Flyers' two Stanley Cup champions. Instead, the honor will go to their 85-year-old, hair-pulling mother, Mary. "A lot of [NHL]
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July 15, 1999 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Every broadcaster has a label. Gene Hart, the legendary, longtime voice of the Flyers, had two. One from a moment in history. The other, a line from a snack food. Bobby Taylor, Hart's former broadcast partner of nearly 15 years, was at a hockey function in Tampa, Fla., recently when a woman approached him. She said she had followed the Flyers from 1968 and could still hear Gene Hart saying: "He scores for a case of Tastykake," Taylor recalled. "I think that was Gene's trademark," he added.
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