PHILADELPHIA — Ed Snider, the Flyers founder whose "Broad Street Bullies" became the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup, died Monday morning after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 83.
"Our Dad was loved and admired for his big heart, generosity of spirit, and dedication to his family. Despite his considerable business achievements and public profile, he was first and foremost a family man," the Snider family said in a statement. "Unrivaled, however, was his love for the Philadelphia Flyers Hockey Club, the team he created 50 years ago and to which he remained fiercely devoted through his final days."
With Mr. Snider ailing, the Flyers clinched a playoff spot Saturday and dedicated the playoff push to him.
Mr. Snider was arguably the most influential executive in Philadelphia sports. He was chairman of the 76ers, was once a part-owner of the Eagles and had a hand in founding both Comcast's local sports channel and the city's largest sport-talk radio station.
Mr. Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988.
Mr. Snider, who built his fortune with a record company, arrived in Philadelphia in 1964 as a part owner of the Eagles and served as the team's treasurer.
Upon hearing that the NHL was going to expand from its original six teams to 12, Mr. Snider petitioned the league and was awarded an expansion club in 1966. In 1974 the Broad Street Bullies won the Stanley Cup, then repeated in 1975, the team's last title.
Datsyuk pretty sure: Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk said there is a chance he could change his mind about his decision to retire from the NHL and return to his native Russia after this season. The Detroit Free Press reported Sunday that Datsyuk, 37, would retire after Detroit finishes its postseason run, which starts Wednesday against the Lightning at Amalie Arena. "It's hard to make a 100-percent decision now," Datsyuk said Monday. "Now, it's just more focus on the playoffs. Let the fun begin."
Coyotes shakeup: The Coyotes fired general manager Don Maloney. The team said the search for a new GM will begin immediately. Maloney spent nine seasons as executive vice president and GM. Arizona made the playoffs from 2010-12, but has now missed four consecutive postseasons.
Sabres: GM Tim Murray said forward Cody McCormick, 32, has decided against resuming his career a year after a blood clot was found in his left leg.