Report: Flyers owner Ed Snider has 'non-life threatening' form of cancer

Ed Snider flanked by Paul Holmgren and Ron Hextall. (Getty Images)
Ed Snider flanked by Paul Holmgren and Ron Hextall. (Getty Images)

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Ed Snider, the only owner the Philadelphia Flyers have ever had, has a fight of his own; Snider is battling cancer.

According to Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer Snider has an unspecificed cancer and has already undergone chemotherapy. The good news is that from the sounds of things, his cancer could be a lot worse.

"He's going to work every day and it's treatable," a source in the organization said.

The condition is "non-life-threatening" and Snider is "doing well," said Ike Richman, a spokesman for Comcast-Spectacor, the Flyers' parent company. "He is happy and healthy."

Snider's involvement with the team and the company was not affected by his condition or treatment, Richman said. He added that the team would not comment further.

Snider, who is also the chairman of Comcast-Spectacor, took part in the Flyers' press conference earlier this offseason to announce a change in the organization's management structure, moving Paul Holmgren to President and naming Ron Hextall the new GM.

Snider, now 81, helped bring the NHL to Philadelphia in 1967 when the league expanded. He was instrumental in getting the Spectrum built to host the Flyers as well as the NBA's 76ers and for all of his work as an owner, he was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988.

In his tenure the Flyers became the first team not from the Original Six to win the Stanley Cup as the Broad Street Bullies won back-to-back Cups in 1974 and 1975 before losing in the Final the next season.

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