Flyers’ Stanley Cup Winning Zamboni Driver Ed Fletcher


Ed Fletcher, from the Packer Park area of South Philadelphia was the Flyers' Stanley Cup winning Zamboni driver. Fletcher was one of many unsung Spectrum heroes. Fletcher, one of two assistant directors of operations, was a dedicated man, who often worked 14-hour days. He was well respected, and dedicated to his job.© ROGER BARONE 1976

Ed Fletcher, from the Packer Park area of South Philadelphia, was the Flyers' Stanley Cup winning Zamboni driver. Fletcher was one of many unsung Spectrum heroes. Fletcher, one of two assistant directors of operations, was a dedicated man, who often worked 14-hour days. He was well respected, and passionate about his work. The man thrived under pressure and never lost his temper or humiliated anyone.© ROGER BARONE 1976

Ed Fletcher: Flyers’ Stanley Cup Winning Zamboni Driver (1973-1974; 1974-1975)

Ed Fletcher often took his young son, Patrick, to work with him. Patrick would run small errands thorughout the night. Ed Fletcher became seriously ill in the ’80s, while his son was last seen working as a policeman for the City of Philadelphia.

One for the road:

During George Harrison’s concerts in 1974, we wrote Ravi Shankar’s name on the nightly employee sign-in sheet. Fletcher, who wasn’t keen on rock music, didn’t know that Shankar was a world-famous sitar player from India and part of the tour. Fletcher was asking everyone who this “Shankar guy was.” It was hysterically funny.

Tom Dorff, a beloved crew chief, about 54 years old with the spirit of a teenager, eventually told Fletcher, but it became a running joke for several years afterward.

Furthermore, Ravi Shankar, as George Harrison noted, before the show, “Is Ill and will not be performing tonight.”

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~ by photosfromphilly on May 25, 2009.

One Response to “Flyers’ Stanley Cup Winning Zamboni Driver Ed Fletcher”

  1. Hi Ray,

    Ed Fletcher is my uncle. Can I get a copy of his picture.

    Thanks,
    Ken

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