Schultz kicks off 40th anniversary of Bullies

Dave Schultz, Flyers
Former Flyers enforcer Dave Schultz will be greeting fans and signing autographs Saturday in Cherry Hill.

 

Flyers enforcer reinventing himself as pitchman

 

Most Flyers fans remember Dave Schultz as the ultimate enforcer, maybe even the basis for those crazy Hanson Brothers from “Slap Shot.”

After all, Schultz did set the record for most penalty minutes in a single season with 472. However, the former Flyer great will be embracing another role this weekend at the Cherry Hill Mall. He’ll be greeting fans and selling jerseys at the new sports store, Roster.

“I’ll be saying hi to people, signing autographs if you want, maybe telling some jokes,” Schultz said.

If you purchase an authentic Dave Schultz 1974-75 sweater — priced at $300 — you can skip the line and receive a Flyers goodie bag. Schultz, who is affiliated with vintage Philly brand Mitchell & Ness, has done plenty of promotional appearances since retiring after the 1979-80 season.

“[Wednesday night] I was at the Flyers game and a guy was wearing my jersey. It’s amazing. People actually still buy my jersey,” Schultz said. “Believe it or not, people remember back to the 1970s. With technology, you can go on your smartphone and see me in action, so even kids know who I am.”

May 19 will mark the 40th anniversary of the Broad Street Bullies beating the Boston Bruins and hoisting the Stanley Cup. Schultz confirmed that the Flyers’ organization has several tributes planned, including something special on Jan. 25 when the Flyers host the Bruins.

Several members of that Cup-winning team are making the trek up to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto to watch former coach Fred Shero get posthumously inducted. Shero, who died in 1990 at the age of 65, led the Bullies to Cups in 1974 and 1975.

“Sometimes, it seems like it wasn’t that long ago,” Schultz said. “For all of us, we’ll always remember. We played in a very unique, very specific era. But the game changes, that’s the nature of the National Hockey League.”

Of course, the Flyers haven’t added another one to the trophy case since Schultz was bullying people on the ice. When he looks out at the current state of the team, he admits that he’s a little concerned. The Flyers lost their season opener to the Maple Leafs, 3-1. They are back in action Saturday in Montreal.

“Toronto’s a good club, and one game isn’t fair to judge, so I’m not sure,” Schultz said. “One thing I know for sure, I think they have good goaltending. Can they play well as a team? That will be determined over the course of the season. They got to play better than they did [against Toronto]. The first 12 games, eight at home … they got to come out of that with a good record.”

 

If you go …

What: Meet-and-greet with Dave Schultz
Where: Cherry Hill Mall, ROSTER sports store
When: Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m.

 

» Follow Metro Philadelphia on Twitter: @metrophilly
» Follow Metro Philadelphia on Facebook: Metro Philadelphia
» Follow Mike Greger on Twitter: @mike_greger



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Local

De Blasio, Bratton defend city's efforts after Eric…

Mayor Bill de Blasio justified the city's response to the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while in police custody earlier this month.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.