Fans, alumni gather to preview Flyers documentary

This article can be found published on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.
Fans fill the lower section of the Wachovia Center to watch the HBO documentary. (Candice Monhollan)

Fans fill the lower section of the Wachovia Center to watch the HBO documentary. (Candice Monhollan)

It’s never been done before. HBO Sports has never made a documentary covering an NHL hockey team. But that has all changed now.

Premiering May 4, HBO Sports presents an in-depth look into the Philadelphia Flyers of the 1970s. But for one night, the Flyers held a special viewing at the Wachovia Center for fans to get a first look at the documentary.

“I’m not even quite sure how special it is, even though I know it is a phenomenal thing to have this done,” Dave Schultz said. “We had just a great bunch of guys, a great hockey club, and in a perfect time in sports history in Philadelphia.”

On the eve of the Flyers opening their first-round playoff series against New Jersey, fans made their way into the seats, filling eight lower-level sections to capacity to watch the documentary on the arena screen. Some were reliving memories, while others got a chance to witness the history of the team.

Several Flyers alumni were in attendance for the event, having the opportunity to mingle with fans in the Lexus Club before the premiere.

Flyers alumni gather on the ice after the viewing. (Candice Monhollan)

Flyers alumni gather on the ice after the viewing. (Candice Monhollan)

“I think that particular team in the mid-70s, and all our fans, set the standard for sports in this city,” Bob Clarke said. “We know it was a long time ago and to still be remembered and cared for, it’s just incredible.”

Fans applauded several times throughout the film, culminating in a standing ovation at the end. The crowd stayed standing as Flyers announcer Lou Nolan introduced all the members of the Stanley Cup winning team who were there as they walked onto the ice.

At the end of the evening, the fans, in recognition of the great players in front of them and in support for the current team in the playoffs, gave a loud “Let’s go Flyers” chant.

Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider is grateful for the documentary.

“It was a great collection of characters the likes of which you’ll never see again and nobody ever saw before,” Snider said. “The Broad Street Bullies, how this all came together, was just something that you couldn’t predict, but it happened. And it was just a special era and everybody that lived through it will never forget it”

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