On Tuesday, Keith Allen, the first coach of the Philadelphia Flyers and former Flyers GM, passed away at the age of 90.
From the Associated Press,
Allen joined the Flyers in 1966, before the franchise’s inaugural season. He was behind the bench for its inception in 1967 and won the West Division title that season. He coached the team through the 1969-70 season.
Allen became the general manager of the Flyers on Dec. 22, 1969, and held that position until May 27, 1983. During his tenure as GM, the Flyers won two Stanley Cups (1973-74 and 1974-75) and reached the Stanley Cup finals four times.
“Keith was the first coach in the history of the Philadelphia Flyers and a man for whom I have tremendous respect,” Flyers chairman Ed Snider said in a release. “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.”
It’s a tough loss for the Flyers, who are currently 28-23-6 on the season. They sit in third place in the Metropolitan division.