Flyers owner and chairman Ed Snider made a special trip to Vatican City last week to meet with Pope Francis. Snider is a member of the Simon Wiesenthal Foundation board of trustees. Here is a description of the foundation from their website:
"The Simon Wiesenthal Center is a global Jewish human rights organization that confronts anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, promotes human rights and dignity, stands with Israel, defends the safety of Jews worldwide, and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations."
Snider said he talked about the significance of the Pope's upcoming trip to Israel. He said he also talked about anti-Semitism, which is what the above-mentioned foundation tries to confront all of the world.
The Flyers have won both of their games since Snider's visit to Vatican City. Coincidence? Snider thinks so. However, he also believes Craig Berube's system is working now since the Flyers have had the time to work on it.
Snider isn't the only one within the Flyers organization that is making special visits. The entire team got dress for practice Sunday morning at the Wells Fargo Center. However, that isn't where they practiced.
Instead of a normal practice at the Wells Fargo Center, the team walked out of the building, wearing their full gear and carrying their skates, to get on a bus to take them to the practice location for the day. That location was they Scanlon Ice Rink in North Philadelphia, the home of multiple teams of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, to surprise a group of kids that are part of the foundation.
None of the kids knew what or who was coming. The only thing they were told was that there was a special event taking place while they were at the rink. Next thing you know, the Flyers walk in.
The Flyers had just played the Islanders the night before so practice was going to be a light one, only lasting for 30 minutes.
Since it was a light practice, the team put on a show for the kids as they did some of their more fun drills that included lots of passing and shooting. Scott Hartnell was one player that took advantage of the time in between drills as he went over to say hi and talk with them.
One thing is for sure, that is one memory those kids will never forget.
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