While the NHLPA and the owner’s remain still a divided front on a new CBA despite meetings for the past four days, there are some things going on in the hockey community. So there’s still a lockout unfortunately, but teams like the Philadelphia Flyers are still going out and doing their respective charity work.
Flyers’ owner Ed Snider has been pretty much the face of the team since it’s beginning, considering that he was the reason that Philly got the bid for an expansion into the league. Snider is an interesting owner not only because of his candor and love of the city, but also for the fact that he has admitted that he believes that the players aren’t getting paid enough. He kind of throws a wrench into the whole system, which is always refreshing. Snider is also know for his charity work and his work in founding the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation which benefits inner city kids.
The foundation originally began as a way to teach hockey to underprivileged kids in the toughest neighborhoods of Philadelphia but has really grown to help the city and these kids in the best way possible. A few rinks in the city were on the verge of shutting their doors for good, but the foundation partnered with the city to renovate four of these rinks. The most recent of the rinks to be renovated was the Tarken Ice Rink in the Oxford Circle area of the city.
The re-opening ceremony occurred on Friday to a packed house. Philadelphia Mayor Nutter was in attendance along with members of the city council and of course Flyers Alumni like Joe Watson, Gary Dornhoefer and Paul Holmgren. Flyers fans should be proud to see the organization still doing some good for the community, but it’s not going to stop there. Plans are already in the making to expand the youth hockey foundation across the Delaware valley.