The Philadelphia Flyers Alumnus practiced as a team for the first time this afternoon in order to prepare for the Winter Classic Alumni game.
Today Flyer fans of all ages crowded the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ to see Flyer history. Early estimates are that around 1000 people attended the practice.
The Flyers from the 60's and 70's skated with Flyers from the 90's and 00's.
Eric Lindros skated with Bill Barber while Jeremy Roenick skated with Bob Kelly, and John LeClair took shots at Bernie Parent. It was every Flyers fan's dream. Lindros and LeClair united again, while Barber and Leach were together.
I met up with Jeremy Roenick after the practice:
Hey JR, how did you feel out there?
"I felt gassed, who stole all the air out of the building"
When was the last time you skated?
"I've actually only skated 5 times since I retired."
You looked great out there!
"Yea right, did you see me almost throw up over there?"
What was it like to shoot on Bernie?
"Oh, great," He said with a smile, "but he didn't have his contacts in, so he couldn't see anything I was shooting!"
Thank you, Good Luck tomorrow!
"Thanks, I'm gonna need it!"
The Alumni Game has been moved from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM due to the sunny conditions.
Here are some photos and clips from today's practice.
|Bernie Talking to Lindros|
|Crowd of 1000 People|
Roenick Shoots on Bernie
Lindros, LeClair and Kelly on the Rush
|Lindros Talking to LeClair|
Roenick Makes a Young Fan's Day
|JR Spends Time with Fans|
|Roenick Entertaining Fans|
|Roenick Becomes One of Us|
|Chris Therien Talking to Fans|
|Alumni Bus Leaving|
|Bernie Parent in Goal|
|Lindros and LeClair's Lockers|
|The Big E in Action|
|Roenick (left, slicks back hair) LeClair (right)|
|Bernie Having a Good Time|
(Thanks to the Philadelphia Flyers, Jeremy Roenick, David Isaac, Christopher Taitt, and (the designer of DTP) Monica Grevera for some of the pictures)