September 04, 2015
Before Bernie Parent and Bobby Clarke brought the Flyers to the promise land, there were a few other hockey teams that played in the City of Brotherly Love. The first of these teams was the Philadelphia Arrows. The Arrows played their games at the Philadelphia Arena at 4530 Market Street in the Canadian-American Hockey League.
The team had past Hart Trophy winner Herb Gardiner coaching the squad and future winner Tommy Anderson playing on defense. The Arrows were affiliated with the Boston Bruins (ugh) until 1935 when they became the Ramblers who were affiliated with the New York Rangers (UGH).
The Arrows would actually stymy the NHL's first attempt to bring a team to Philly. In 1930, the Pittsburgh Pirates moved to town to become the Philadelphia Quakers. The Quakers only lasted one season, going 4-36-4, and were outdrawn by the Arrows as well.
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