Statue to honor Fly­ers’ founder

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - SPORTS -

PHILADEL­PHIA — Philadel­phia Fly­ers founder Ed Snider will be hon­ored with a 9-foot bronze statue out­side the Wells Fargo Cen­ter.

Snider founded the team in the 1960s and re­mained chair­man un­til his death in April 2016. The statue will be un­veiled on Oct. 19 to mark the 50th an­niver­sary of the Fly­ers’ first home game in 1967.

Chad Fisher, of Fisher Sculp­ture of Dills­burg, Penn­syl­va­nia, cre­ated and built the 1,300-pound bronze statue, which will stand on a 3-foot base en­cased by solid gran­ite.

Fly­ers pres­i­dent Paul Holm­gren will be among the dig­ni­taries speak­ing at the event.

Cana­di­ens place de­fense­man streit on waivers

MON­TREAL — A per­son with di­rect knowl­edge of the move tells The As­so­ci­ated Press the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens have placed vet­eran de­fense­man Mark Streit on waivers.

The per­son spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity Thurs­day be­cause the Cana­di­ens have not an­nounced the move.

The abrupt move comes four months af­ter Mon­treal signed the 39-year-old Streit to a one-year, $700,000 con­tract af­ter he won a Stan­ley Cup with Pitts­burgh last sea­son.

Streit spent a ma­jor­ity of his ca­reer with the Philadel­phia Fly­ers be­fore be­ing traded last sea­son.

They made the move to re­stock a de­pleted group of de­fense­man. An­drei Markov left to play in his na­tive Rus­sia, Alexei Emelin was claimed in the NHL ex­pan­sion draft and Nathan Beaulieu was traded to Buf­falo.

Streit had no points in play­ing just two of Mon­treal’s first four games.

This is Streit’s sec­ond stint with Mon­treal af­ter spend­ing his first three NHL sea­sons with the Cana­di­ens. He’s topped 40 points in six of 11 sea­sons and over­all has 96 goals and 338 as­sists in 786 games.

Devils’ McLeod has knee surger y

NE­WARK, N.J. — New Jer­sey Devils for­ward Michael McLeod had arthro­scopic surgery Thurs­day to re­pair a torn menis­cus in his left knee.

In­jured Sept. 25 in an ex­hi­bi­tion game against the New York Is­landers, McLeod is ex­pected to be side­lined 4-6 weeks.

The 19-year-old McLeod, drafted 12th over­all in 2016, had 27 goals and 46 as­sists in 57 reg­u­lar-sea­son games for Mis­sis­sauga last sea­son in the On­tario Hockey League.

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