Ed Snider founded the Flyers almost 50 years agoand is the only owner the team has ever had.
So after the beloved Philadelphia figure passed away Monday, what will change in the structure of the Flyers’ ownership?
Well according toComcast-Spectacor’s Ike Richman, not much.
“We all have the same passion and winning edge that Ed Snider did,” Richman,VP of Public Relations at Comcast-Spectacor,said. “We want to keep things just they way they were on Ed’s behalf and I think you’ll see that when we take the ice against Washington Thursday.”
Snider was the Chairman of Comcast-Spectacor, the company that managed the Flyers (and owns about24 percent of the team). Comcast owns the rest.
On the hockey side of things, Paul Holmgren is the team’s president, and remains as such — and Ron Hextall is the team’s GM. Both answer toComcast-Spectacor’sPresident and CEODavid Scott.
In many instances, team’s ownership shares are passed down to family members, but that is not the case here. There are no plans to name a new chairman, nor does the company plan to make any changes in the near future.
With such a strong and long-tenured owner, like Snider, the pieces are and have been in place for the team to continue on its course without any big changes necessary.
The Flyers were able to earn the last playoff spot in the NHL’s Eastern Conference before Snider’s Monday passing, and plan to dedicate the rest of their season, however long it lasts to “Mr. Snider.”
“We’re pretty glad we were able to make the playoffs for him,” Claude Giroux said Monday.”The whole year, we were playing for him. That’s not gonna change for the playoffs. The best thing we can do right now is play as hard as we can. We know it’s not going to be easy against a good team, but we know he’ll be watching and he’ll be cheering us on.”