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The Wackness: Pelle’s death and the odd start to the 1985-86 season

For the third straight year, Flyers Faithful will honor the memory and impact of Pelle Lindbergh with a piece dedicated in his honor. This time around, a reflection on the odd set of circumstances that surrounded the start to the 1985-86 season and how Pelle’s accident and death contributed to the surreal feel of what should have been a triumphant return to form in Mike Keenan’s second year at the helm. The front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer on Monday, November 11, 1985 announced the simple, but chilling news: “Flyers star ‘brain-dead’ after crash.” Below that, the first sentence in …

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Lokomotiv: One year later

Today marks the one year anniversary of the Lokomotiv air tragedy, during which all 45 members of the team, coaching staff and crew perished as their plane failed to take off from an air field near the club’s home city of Yaroslavl. Among those killed was head coach Brad McCrimmon, who starred as a defenseman for Philadelphia from 1982 to 1987 — three of those years in a memorable pairing alongside Flyers and NHL Hall of Famer Mark Howe. Marcello D and Bob H, the two senior members of Flyers Faithful who were old enough to remember McCrimmon’s playing days, …

Remembering Pelle

First, a simple tribute to Number 31, with musical accompaniment. I think this particular clip plays perfectly to the emotions of the time, even if you’re not a fan of 80′s hair metal. Here’s Connie Chung hosting a short-lived NBC magazine show called “American Almanac,” early in calendar year 1986, and the report on the circumstances surrounding Pelle’s death. And finally, an interview of unknown origin (though I suspect it was either broadcast on CBC or PRISM) from the Summer of 1985.