The Philadelphia Flyers paid tribute to longtime owner Ed Snider ahead of Monday’s game. Snider passed away following the regular season, and Game 3 was the Flyers’ first home game since his passing. He was 83.
Regardless of the score of the Flyers’ first-round series heading back to the Philadelphia for Game 3, everyone knew the evening would be an emotional one as Monday marked the first home contest for the Flyers since the passing of owner Ed Snider.
Snider, who passed away on April 11 at 83 after losing his battle with cancer, had owned the Flyers since the franchise was awarded in 1967. Snider was a fixture with the team and was well-regarded by those around the franchise, as well as being an important part of the league’s board of governors, where he was part of the executive committee.
Since Snider’s passing, teams throughout the league had paid tribute to the longtime Flyers owner, and Philadelphia got their chance to say goodbye ahead of Game 3. Watch the Flyers’ touching video montage from the pre-game ceremony:
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While there’s no telling how a team will respond after a ceremony, it didn’t take long for the Flyers to harness the emotion and turn it into a game-opening marker. Only 57 seconds after puck drop, Michael Raffl scored to put the Flyers up 1-0.