With the Flyers’ game against the Nashville Predators tonight marking the 50th anniversary of the franchise’s first home game, the team has unveiled the Ed Snider statue outside of the Wells Fargo Center.
Forever a Flyer. Thank you, Mr. Snider. pic.twitter.com/A3Q8mAXIX6
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) October 19, 2017
The nine-foot tall, 1,300-pound statue stands on a three-foot base encased by solid granite. Earlier this year the Flyers re-named a street after their late founder. A portion of 11th Street was named Ed Snider Way as a tribute to Snider.
Members of the Snider family, Flyers President Paul Holmgren, Comcast Spectacor President Dave Scott, and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney were among those who spoke at the unveiling ceremony.
Snider was the principal owner and face of the franchise from its inception until his death on April 11, 2016. He mortgaged his home in 1966 in order to establish a NHL franchise in Philadelphia and later became the driving force behind the Spectrum, home to the Flyers and 76ers.
The Flyers won Stanley Cups under Snider in 1974 and 1975 and this is the perfect way to honor a Philadelphia icon.