There’s no doubt that the City of Brotherly Love is one of, if not the, most intimidating sports city in North America.
That factor can also go against Philadelphia’s hometown athletes if they struggle with the city’s pressure from the heated fans. Either way, the Philadelphia Flyers are overdue to hoist Lord Stanley considering the Broad Street Bullies haven’t won a championship since 1974-75.
There’s no questioning that aspect.
Fans shouldn’t question that the Flyers’ goal horn from the late 1990s through the mid-2000s was also the best in the NHL and goes down as one of the best of all-time. Philadelphia’s goal horn which first sounded off at the original CoreStates Center represented the city in prime fashion.
It was loud, dragged out and portrayed a sense of rowdiness that reminded opposing teams and fans that this ‘is our house.’ Let’s not forget that the Flyers thrived during that era in the “House that Lindros Built,” while appearing in three Eastern Conference Finals.
The goal horn was unique and arguably sounded louder compared to most NHL franchises around the league, especially in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers also did a great job at incorporating Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” to get the fans more pumped and involved after skaters such as John LecLair netted a power-play goal.
The Flyers’ goal horn has been modified over the past decade and still ranks in the top-10 for the NHL, but its overall allure still doesn’t compare to the original at the “new building.”
The chances are that Philadelphia won’t revert back to the horn, and will continue to stray towards more mainstream goal celebration songs and remixes in addition to its current horn.
Still, at the time, it’s arguable that the Flyers rewrote the book on how to produce a goal horn and in a state of the art arena.
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