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
Local

Flying can of soybeans hits woman in the…

Police are looking for a man suspected of throwing a can of soybeans that hit a woman in the face inside a Bronx supermarket last week.

Local

Body of 9-year-old boy found atop scaffolding around…

Police found the body of a 9-year-old boy atop scaffolding at his high-rise apartment building in the Bronx late Wednesday.

Local

Winners of the 2014 #NYCPoetweet contest

Every year, Metro partners with the mayor's office to promote Poem in your Pocket Day with a Twitter contest. Here are the winning entries.

Local

Where to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day…

Here are some ways you can get poetic today and for the rest of April, National Poetry Month.

Movies

What to see at the Tribeca Film Festival…

There's only a few more days left in this year's sprawling Tribeca Film Festival. Consider these for your weekend moviegoing (and get tickets and more…

Movies

Review: The parkour film 'Brick Mansions' needs more…

"Brick Mansions," the American remake of the French parkour film "District B13," is a rough, cheap retread that ruins its best stunts with hectic editing.

The Word

Is Avril Lavigne's new music video racist?

Some fans say Avril Lavigne's new music video is offensive to Japanese people.

Television

Jodie Foster married girlfriend Alexandra Hedison this weekend

No need to rely on cryptic Golden Globe speeches for your movie star sexual orientation questions anymore: Jodie Foster is married to a lady. Foster…

MLB

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda ejected for using pine…

Pineda was thrown out of the game against the Red Sox Wednesday for having pine tar on his neck -- for all the world to see.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

NFL

Giants 2014 regular season schedule

The Giants will play five prime-time games — against the Lions, Redskins, Eagles, Colts and Cowboys.

MLB

Jets 2014 regular season schedule

The Jets will play three prime-time games — against the Bears, Patriots and Dolphins — as well as a CBS national game in Week 2 at Green Bay.

Tech

Spider-Man's web shooters get real

A German lab technician has created a working Spider-Man web shooter, which fires pellets and a harpoon-tipped, retractable fishing line instead of a liquid web.

Style

Pippa Middleton's Etsy pick: Golden Thread Jewelry

Get a look at the jewelry Pippa Middleton loves and find out how you can buy it too.

Parenting

What every parent needs to know to get…

Mom and author of "Small Talk," Tracey Blake, shares her five practical tips to help you develop your children's language skills.

Sex

Subway crush: Meet your soulmate on your commute

Read about a couple who has been 40 years after meeting on the train.