On Feb. 9, 1966, the city of Philadelphia was granted an NHL franchise thanks to the efforts of Ed Snider. But as of August of that year, the team remained unnamed.
For several months, Snider and his business partners weighed a few names, among them, the Sabres, Raiders, Royals, Knights, Keystones and Liberty Bells.
But, as Bill Meltzer recounts for the Flyers official website, it wasn't until a spring night in 1966 that Snider's sister, Phyllis, suggested the name, Flyers. Snider took to it immediately.