This past weekend was "throw back" night at the Wells Fargo Center. Before the game we had a moment of silence in honor of former Wings goalie Wayne Platt. Platt was a long time member of the Wings and former league MVP. I'm sorry to say that I had never heard of Wayne. It opened my eyes and reminded me just how long the Wings have been around in Philly.
In a league that has been unstable for so many years, the Wings have been one of the few constants. Expansion and contraction, expansion and contraction (most players in the league have at least one fallen team jersey in their closet, … RIP Portland). The Wings have persevered and have remained a staple in the league since its inception. That is pretty impressive. That is due to a few factors -- strong ownership and loyal fans. When we had our annual meet-and-greet with the season ticket holders at the beginning of the year, it dawned on me that we have some fans that have been season ticket holders for longer than Kevin Crowley has been alive.
I examined the Wings game day poster highlighting some old championship teams and noticed some recognizable faces -- some of the game's all-time greats: Hall of Fame players like Dallas Eliuk, John Grant Sr., Tom Marechek, the Gait brothers, Hall of Fame coach Tony Resch.
Talk to former Wings Captain Scott Gaberialson, and you quickly get a sense of the pride and the connection that former Wings players still have with the team. It is pretty rare one of the game's all-time greats is your owner (I would mention that guy named Mario in Pittsburgh, but I know better to recognize a Penguin in this city). Mike French lives and breathes Wings lacrosse and I think he remembers every player to have ever played for the organization.