Friday, August 27, 2010

Four former Flyers to become American citizens

According to multiple reports, including one through TSN of Canada, four former Flyers from the "Broad Street Bullies" era are set to become American citizens.

Bill Clement, Orest Kindrachuk, Bob Kelly and Dave Schultz are going through the necessary steps that will make them American citizens by the end of the year. Kindrachuk and Kelly are set to be sworn in September 17, while Clement and Schultz have begun the process and will be inducted at a later time.

Clement, who played for the Flyers from 1970-75, has been a part of Flyers broadcasts for the past few seasons on Comcast Sportsnet. He previously provided television color commentary on Channel 57 from 1988-92, and has been a long-time hockey contributor on NHL broadcasts on ESPN, ABC and Versus. He has lived in the Philadelphia area for more than two decades.

Kelly, a high-energy presence as a Flyer from 1970-80, has been an official team ambassador for nearly a decade.

Kindrachuk played with the club from 1973-78, tallying a career-best 26 goals in 1975-76.

Schultz was the premier enforcer in the league during the mid-1970's. Although he wore Orange and Black for just four-plus seasons, he managed to accumulate more than a thousand minutes in penalties, including an NHL-record 472 in 1974-75. He also showed scoring touch, with a 20-goal season in 1973-74 to his credit, along with a playoff series-winning overtime goal against Atlanta in 1974.

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