"First always respect the game, remember its history,
and honor those who came before you..."
1976-77 Philadelphia Firebirds (NAHL)
(1976 Lockhart Cup Champions)
Top Row: Dave "Sudsy" Settlemyre (Trainer),
Richard "Pez" Campeau, Mike Bradbury, George "Swarby"
Swarbrick, Peter Cahill, Michel "Itchy" Plante, Jim "Turk"
Evers (Equipment Manager).
Middle Row: Bruce "Scoop"
(PR), Don "Hayser" Hay, Dan Nelson, Ray "Shooter"
Mark "Bosco" Bousquet, Les "J.C." Crozier, Mike "Kono"
Bottom Row: Rejean "Reggie" Lemelin, Gordie "The
Roadhog" Brooks, Bobby "B.C." Collyard, Gregg "Pill"
Pilling (GM/Coach), Dean "Deano" Boylan, Randy "Wizzard"
Osburn, Loren "Mooner" Molleken.
...I have worked in pro hockey in
Philadelphia and Hershey (Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Phantoms,
Philadelphia Firebirds, Hershey Bears) for four plus decades as a freelance
writer, PR man, historian, statistician, and in radio/TV broadcasting.
I have written well over 2,000 articles (many for team programs of
the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), Philadelphia Firebirds (NAHL), Hershey
Bears (AHL), Richmond Robins (AHL), Maine Mariners (AHL), and others,
as well as three books on hockey -- "Conditioning for Hockey: Year
Round" (co-authored with Pat Croce) Leisure Press, 1983; "The Hockey
Trivia Book" (co-authored with Gene Hart) Leisure Press, 1984; and ten
chapters in "Professional Sports Teams Histories - Hockey"Gale
Research Co., 1994. (In addition to my hockey books, I have written
and/or edited four books on North American (US and Canada) railroad
history including "Riding the Transcontinental
Rails: Overland Travel on the Pacific Railroad 1865-1881" Polyglot
Press, 2005, 445-pages, Illustrated. and "The Classic Western American Railroad Routes"
(320 pages, Illustrated). I have also appeared extensively in two
documentary films relating to the history of the NHL Philadelphia
Flyers: "History of the Philadelphia Flyers" (Warner Home Video, 2007) produced by NHL Productions, and "The Broad Street Bullies"
(HBO Sports, 2010) and am currently co-producing a feature length
documentary film on the life and times of my long time broadcasting
colleague and close personal friend, the late Hockey Hall of Fame
"Voice" of the Flyers, Gene Hart. In my various capacities I worked
and/or attended over 3,000
For additional detailed information on my background please also visit my Wikipedia User Page.
©2012 Bruce C. Cooper
Click on the
links below to see
some of my Hockey History Pages...
Hershey Park Arena: 1936-2002
A 60th Anniversary History of the AHL Hershey Bears: 1938-1998
Frank Mathers: Thanks for the Memories....
The Philadelphia-Hershey Hockey Wars of 1938-39
A Brief History of the American Hockey League
& Minor Pro
Hockey in Philadelphia: 1927-2005
Scoop's Personal Hockey Images
"Slap Shot" Visits the Phantoms
1975-76 & 1976-77 Philadelphia Firebirds Image Gallery
In the Philadelphia Flyers' pressbox with two good friends of many decades:
Father and son Hockey Hall of Famers Gordie & Mark Howe.
See also some of my other websites:
Central Pacific Railroad
Photographic History Museum
My Wikipedia User Page (Centpacrr)
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