Fifty years ago today, Ed Snider received a brief, yet important phone call as NHL owners wrapped up a series of meetings in New York City.
Courtesy of the NHL Expansion Committee boss Bill Jennings, it was about as brief a phone call as one can get.
And with that, professional ice hockey in Philadelphia was revived. The Philadelphia Flyers -- though they did not have that name yet at the time -- had the foundation laid for them to form a club. The NHL was set to undergo a rapid and unprecedented period of expansion (the likes of which certainly will never be duplicated again), and Philadelphia was one of the few cities that would get to capitalize on the opportunity.