Don’t look now, but the Flyers are in full retro mode. You may think that they are the “team of the future” as they prepare for a youth movement. However, when you dig a little deeper, this team keeps digging into its once bright past to build on the future.
After ditching Chuck Fletcher as general manager this past spring, the team hired former playoff hero Daniel Briere as the new GM. After being named as full time GM, shedding the interim role, he hired another former Flyer, Keith Jones, to the role as president of hockey operations. Recently, the team dipped back into its past as it hired former Flyers Patrick Sharp and John LeClair as assistants to Jones.
Now, the Flyers are going retro in their jerseys. The Flyers are altering their jerseys again. This time, they are going back to the burnt orange color that we knew and loved in the 1980s and 1990s. This is the burnt orange worn by Mark Howe, Tim Kerr, Rick Tocchet, Mark Recchi, Rod Brind’amour, Eric Lindros, Keith Primeau, Eric Desjardins, Ron Hextall, Jones, and LeClair. This was the Legion of Doom Era jerseys that struck fear into the hearts of opponents.
The boys look good.
They are calling this a “New Era of Orange”. I like it. It harkens back to the past but at the same time reflects the fact that they are moving forward. The Flyers are trying to change the culture, but at the same time, honor the past that this team cherishes so much.
It wasn’t that long ago that the Flyers redid their unis. Last year, the team brought back the Cooperalls that were popular in the past. Hopefully the new uniforms won’t be just putting lipstick on a pig and trying to make a bad product look better than what it is. Hopefully, the new jerseys will help inspire the team to conjure up the success of the past teams.