This team provides Philly sports fans with high-flying action on the ice. One of the more colorful franchises in the National Hockey League, the Philadelphia Flyers joined the ranks of professional hockey in 1967 and won back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and 1975. The team boasts a dedicated following at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center (which it shares with the Philadelphia 76ers) despite the lack of championship titles since. Its history includes such Hall of Fame greats as Bill Barber and Bobby Clarke. Chairman Ed Snider and cable giant Comcast own the Flyers through Comcast Spectacor, which also owns the 76ers and the Wells Fargo Center.
The team returned to playoff form during the 2007-08 season thanks in part to new head coach John Stevens. He had replaced Ken Hitchcock who was fired in a house cleaning the previous season when the Flyers suffered the worst record in hockey. General manager Bob Clarke also resigned in the wake of that disaster and was replaced by former coach and assistant general manager Paul Holmgren. – less