The children of Ed Snider announced on Monday morning that the founder of the Philadelphia Flyers passed away after a two-year battle with cancer. Snider was 83.
Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie offered his thoughts on Snider's impact in Philadelphia.
"Ed was a true visionary and a pioneer who did tremendous things for our city and for the sport of hockey. He was driven by a relentless pursuit of winning and his passion for the sport was genuine. That's one of the reasons I think he was so loved and respected by the fans of our city and by his players and staff. They knew he cared just as much as they did," Lurie said.
"Under Ed's guidance, the Flyers became one of the most consistently successful franchises in the NHL, and he used his leadership to help foster a classy organization across the board. But perhaps more than anything, I think the legacy that Ed will leave behind is his commitment to helping young people in our city succeed in life through his youth hockey foundation. Our thoughts are with his family and the entire Flyers organization during this difficult time."
Prior to bringing the Flyers to Philadelphia, Snider was the vice president and treasurer in charge of all operations for the Philadelphia Eagles under former owner Jerry Wolman.