Today marks the 50th anniversary of when Ed Snider was awarded a franchise in Philadelphia, making next season a special one if commemorative events are your fare.
It was reported last Friday that the Flyers and Penguins will celebrate their respective 50th seasons by with what will be the first of perhaps two outdoor games— first in Pittsburgh, then in Philly. That’s not confirmed yet. But the Flyers have other 50th anniversary events planned, CROSSINGBROAD.COM HAS LEARNED.
For select games (presumably including the yet unannounced outdoor game), they will wear special 50th anniversary jerseys – a preview of which can be seen in this post – that will, for next season, replace their current alternates which were originally the 2012 Winter Classic sweaters. The new jersey will be unveiled at the end of the season.
They will also wear this patch on all jerseys:
Additionally, though the reported outdoor game has not been confirmed, the Flyers and Penguins will play an Alumni Game at the Wells Fargo Center in 2017. No date has been determined, nor are there dates for the five special “Heritage Nights,” which will presumably be games where the anniversary jerseys are worn. Heritage Nights will include a Captains Night, Tough Guys Night, Goalies Night, and Playoff Heroes Night.
Reached for comment about confirming an outdoor game with the Penguins given the obvious Alumni Game tie-in, a Flyers spokesperson said: “We have obviously seen the reports concerning the outdoor game and have been in discussions with the League. It would be a League event and will be announced by the League only when it is official.”
All (full) season ticket holder accounts will also receive a FREE alternate jersey (which I’m led to believe won’t include any additional advertising the way most sports giveaways do).
Tonight, every Flyer who has had his number retired will drop the ceremonial first puck. The Flyers are expected to announce all this stuff this evening. You get it here first.