The name appears to have been chosen after a brainstorming session. A
competition was announced to choose the name but before it closed, Ed
Snider, Bill Putnam and their wives had a brain storming session on
the name and Phyllis Snider came up with the name ?flier?. Why it was
changed to flyer no-one could later remember. As the competition was
still open they eventually gave the prize to a Alec Stockard who also
suggested the name.
From the Philadelphia Flyers web site
?Did you know...
Alec Stockard, a nine-year-old boy from Narberth, PA, named the
?Flyers? in a contest.?
This appears to be a fan?s page which is now only available on Google cache.
?Philadelphia Flyers Team History
?Suddenly, Phyllis Snider blirted out the word 'Flyers.' Phyllis
recalls: 'I was thinking of people skating and sliding around the ice
and 'Flyers' just popped into my head. Everybody thought it was
great.' This posed a problem, however, since the contest was still
running. On August 3, 1966, the team announced its new name. An untold
number of entries had suggested the name 'Flyers', but 9-year old Alec
Stockard was the chosen winner of the contest, who had suggested the
name, 'Fliers.' Nobody can really remember why they decided to spell
the name with a 'y' rather than an 'i'.? ?
According to this discussion board the story above is taken from a
book by Jay Greenberg.
Full Spectrum: Philadelphia Flyers (Hardcover)
by Jay Greenberg
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