Online since November, 2002

BCC Composite

"First always respect the game, remember its history,
and honor those who came before you..."
1976-77 Philadelphia Firebirds
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" Cooper (PR), Don "Hayser" Hay, Dan Nelson, Ray "Shooter" Schultz, Mark "Bosco" Bousquet, Les "J.C." Crozier, Mike "Kono" Penasse.
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) since 1969 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 professional hockey games.

For additional detailed information on my background please also visit my Wikipedia User Page.

Bruce "Scoop" Cooper

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Drinking from the Stanley Cup in the Flyers' lockerroom in the Spectrum on May 19, 1974.


Working an NHL on NBC telecast of the Philadelphia Flyers with Doc and Edzo.


Some of my memories from eight Stanley Cup finals between 1974 and 2010.


A page from my 1984 book "The Hockey Trivia Book" co-authored with the late
Hall of Fame voice of the Flyers, Gene Hart, autogropahed by fifteen of the
greatest members of the Hockey Hall of Fame: Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr,
Wayne Gretzky, Bob Clarke, Glenn Hall, Phil Esposito, John Bucyk, Denis Potvin,
Fred Shero, Scotty Bowman, Al Arbour, Emile Francis, Kerry Fraser and  Mike Emrick.

©1969-2018  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 Hockey Club: 1938-1998

Frank Mathers: Thanks for the Memories....

The Philadelphia-Hershey Hockey Wars of 1938-39

A Concise History of the American Hockey League
& Minor Pro Hockey in Philadelphia: 1927-2009

Scoop's Personal Hockey Images

"Slap Shot" Visits the Phantoms

1975-76 & 1976-77 Philadelphia Firebirds Image Gallery

Appearance on "The Heart of the Rink Hockey Show"

with Frank Block  --  January 9. 2015


Interview of Mike "Doc" Emrick of the NHL on NBC

by Jeff "Bones" Quake of WESS-FM

April 2, 2015  (22 minutes)

Interview of Kenny Albert of the NHL on NBC

by Jeff "Bones" Quake of WESS-FM

March 24, 2017  (15:30 minutes)

1975-76 Philadelphia Firebirds Highlight Film

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BCC & Howes

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:

The Central Pacific Railroad
Photographic History Museum

My Wikipedia User Page (Centpacrr)

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Email me at:

Bruce C. Cooper