Marcel Pelletier, part of Flyers front office during Cup years, dies at 89

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Marcel Pellletier, an original member of the Flyers' operations staff, has died at 89.

The Flyers are mourning the death of Marcel Pelletier, an original member of the team's operations staff who played a key role in helping build the 1974 and 1975 Stanley Cup championship teams.

Mr. Pelletier, 89, died Saturday in Cherry Hill.

"Marcel worked closely with Keith Allen as they put together a team that would turn the hockey world upside down by winning back-to-back Stanley Cups," Flyers president Paul Holmgren said in a statement released by the team. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Marcel's family at this difficult time."

A longtime minor-league goalie, Mr. Pelletier saw action in eight NHL games for the Chicago Blackhawks and the New York Rangers. He played six games with Chicago in the 1950-51 season and two for the Rangers in 1962-63.

Mr. Pelletier joined the Flyers in 1966 as a special representative assisting original general manager Bud Poile. Among the team's first hires, Mr. Pelletier had an extensive scouting role as the Flyers prepared to form their first roster.

As a minor-league goalie, among the teams he played for was the St. Paul Rangers, coached by Fred Shero, who later guided the Flyers to their two Stanley Cup championships.

After Allen was named general manager in 1969, Mr. Pelletier became player personnel director, helping the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Finals in three straight years.

He stayed with the Flyers through the 1970s before joining the front office of the Boston Bruins. He continued to maintain a home in the Philadelphia area.

Services will be private.

Ed Snider Way

The city will dedicate Ed Snider Way on Thursday at the South Philadelphia Sports Complex.

A section of 11th Street from Pattison Avenue south to Terminal Avenue will be renamed in honor of the late Flyers founder and former Comcast Spectacor chairman, who died of cancer in April 2016.

mnarducci@phillynews.com

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