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Say it ain’t so!
The greatest man in the Philadelphia Flyers history has left this world, just two days after the Flyers clinched a post-season birth.
The Comcast-Spectacor chairman and legendary owner Ed Snider died Monday morning after a two-year battle with cancer at the age of 83.
Snider had been battling cancer and receiving treatment at his home in California after a recurrence of cancer. During the Flyers’ trip to California in late December, the team visited Snider at his home. After that visit, the team went on an impressive run which they are hoping will carry them deep into the postseason.
Some believe it was known Snider was in his last few days when Lauren Hart face-timed him while she sang the “God Bless America” on Saturday
It will never be doubted that Snider had passion for this city. His goal was to build a winner. Snider brought hockey to the Philadelphia in 1967 and in 1974, he created Spectacor, the holding company for the Flyers and the Spectrum. The Flyers were the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup in 1974 and 1975. Since then, the team has been in six Stanley Cup Finals.
Giving back to the community is also something Snider always loved to be a part of, thus the creation of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation in 2005. The goal was to provide inner-city kids in the Philadelphia area the ability to play hockey.
Ed was inducted into four Hall of Fames: the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988, the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1997, the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, and the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.
To quote NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: “Ed Snider was the soul and the spirit of the Flyers.”
Snider is survived by his six children: Craig, Jay, Lindy, Tina, Sarena and Samuel, as well as 15 grandchildren and his wife Lin Spivak.