The team announced on Tuesday that former head coach and general manager Keith Allen passed away at the age of 90. Allen joined the Flyers in 1966 and took over as general manager in 1969 building the foundation of the only two Stanley Cup Championship winning teams in franchise history in 1974 and 1975. His teams reached four Stanley Cup Finals during his tenure.
Allen was inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame in March of 1989 and was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in September 1992 along with Flyers' chairman Ed Snider in the Builders category.
Snider released a statement earlier on Allen,
"Keith was the first coach in the history of the Philadelphia Flyers and a man for whom I have tremendous respect. In my mind, he was and always will be one of the greatest General Managers in the history of hockey. He was known as 'Keith the Thief,' I never knew of a bad deal he made. This team would never have reached the level of success we have had over the past 48 years if it were not for Keith.
"Over the years he became one of my closest confidants and one of my best friends. I will never forget all of the many memories we shared together." added Snider. "I would like to extend my condolences to Keith's family, his wife Joyce, their sons, Brad and Blake, and their daughter, Traci, and their four grandchildren, Chelsea, Shay, Jillian, and Chase. He will sorely be missed by all of us."
In addition to his tremendous contributions to the Philadelphia Flyers, Allen also helped lead the Detroit Red Wings to the 1954 Stanley Cup Championship.
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