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I shook Orest Kindrachuk's hand! Then I washed thoroughly

Mrs. WatchDog and I attended a screening of HBO's documentary, "Broad Street Bullies" Tuesday night at the Wachovia Center along with several thousand Flyers fans, owner Ed Snider and a dozen or so players from the Flyers' two Stanley Cup winners.

I could have waited for the New York screening, or for the TV premiere May 4, but even after Sunday I figured I might as well head into enemy territory to relive my youth.

Plus, Mrs. WatchDog was a regular at the Spectrum in olden times, and her father was an original Flyers season ticketholder.

Here is a post I did on that subject in September of 2008 upon her father's passing. (Scroll down to find it.)

The post references how the fact she could recite the roster of the mid-1970s Flyers, including one Orest Kindrachuk, was among the attributes that attracted me.

I shared this information Tuesday with Kindrachuk. He expressed his condolences upon learning I grew up a Rangers fan, and said the 1974 semifinal against the Blueshirts was the Flyers' toughest en route to their first Cup.

We also spoke to Flyers owner Ed Snider. Let's just say Tuesday's party would not have been quite the same had the Rangers won Sunday.

Mr. Snider seemed excited about the series against the Devils that starts Wednesday. If it lasts more than five games, I'll be shocked. But don't tell him I said so.

More on the documentary closer to the premiere date.

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