PHILADELPHIA - With his team in first place and the Winter Classic coming to town, it's a good time to be Ed Snider.
The Philadelphia Flyers founder and owner is set for a more personal honour: Snider will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.
Snider brought hockey to Philadelphia, owned the Flyers during the days of the Broad Street Bullies and their rough-and-tumble heyday, and still takes his seat each home game to watch Claude Giroux and Jaromir Jagr lead this season's team to the top of the Eastern Conference standings.
The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation has also thrived, providing free hockey and academic services to inner-city children. He calls the program his legacy—even greater than what he's done with the Flyers since the 1960s.