A new home for the Philadelphia Flyers will be constructed, a new stadium, a brand new arena and a new jersey design, as well as a new home and a team name, in a move designed to boost the franchise’s chances of reaching the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
In a memo to team brass released Friday, General Manager Ron Hextall outlined the plans for the new arena, the new stadium and the new jersey, which will be presented in an effort to boost team morale.
The jersey, designed by Philadelphia-based designer Chris Molloy, will debut on the team’s new home ice at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night.
“The Philadelphia Flyers are excited to announce that we have created a new uniform design inspired by our home arena in Philadelphia,” Hextalls memo read.
“This is a team-first design, honoring the history and traditions of the Flyers organization.”
The new home will feature a “Boucle” logo on the front of the jersey, the letter “C” on the back and the “F” on both sleeves.
The new jersey will feature “The American Dream” on each sleeve.
“It is an honor to design a jersey with the name of the city we call home and the city that has shaped us all,” Molloys memo said.
“We know this jersey will be a symbol of pride and unity for our city.
This jersey design will be unique, both on the ice and in the jersey.”
The Flyers will wear the Boucle uniform on home ice Saturday.
The team also unveiled the new jerseys, which feature the team logo on each of the sleeves, and the letters “C,” “F,” “E,” “L” and “P” on sleeves.
“I’m proud to wear the Flyers jersey with ‘The American DREAM’ on my sleeve,” said Flyers center Nolan Patrick.
“It’s something I’ve always been a fan of.
I think it’s just going to help build the city and bring people together.”
Philadelphia Flyers center Ryan Carter, center Joel Ward, left, and right, celebrate during a Stanley Cup Playoff game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2019, in Philadelphia.
(Photo: Mark J. Rebilas, AP)Philadelphia Flyers forward Michael Raffl, left and center Jakub Voracek, right, embrace during the second period of an NHL hockey game against Vancouver Canucks at the Spectrum Center on March 7, 2019 in Chicago.
(Image: Michael Conroy, AP)”It’s a cool name,” Voraceke said.
“This is an opportunity for us to bring a new dimension to the team.
This is what I’ve been waiting for.
I’m very excited to wear this jersey with our team name on it.”
The NHL will pay the team $1.25 million in each of two seasons, including the first $1 million this year, the memo said, noting the amount will be paid by the Flyers to the Philadelphia Sports Council.
The money will be distributed annually by the league to support local sports programs and organizations.
The NHL also will pay Flyers’ employees $5,000 per year.
The Flyers are in a tough spot, with the team still without an arena and having been shut out of the Stanley Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in the team�s history.
They�ve played in just one playoff game, a 2-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 18, and have lost eight straight games, their longest losing streak since 2009-10.
“There is no place for a team like this in the Stanley cup playoffs,” Flyers general manager Ron Heptall said.
Heptal is now in his fifth season as the team president.
Hextall also said he plans to add an arena in the first half of 2020 and add a new franchise-record number of NHL players to the league.
The Flyers are scheduled to open training camp on July 2 and begin play in 2018-19.
The new arena has not yet been officially announced, but the Flyers already have secured a $200 million investment from the city of Philadelphia and have agreed to pay a portion of the cost.