Sep 16

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Four Broad Street Bullies become U.S. citizens

Posted 3 years, 7 months ago.


Thanks to the urging of Senator Bob Brady (D-Penn.), four Broad Street Bullies will finally become U.S. Citizens.

Canadians Bill Clement, Orest Kindrachuk, Bob Kelly and Dave Schultz helped lead the Flyers to the franchise’s two Stanley Cups in the mid-70s. The team, known for its rough, physical style came to be known as the “Broad Street Bullies” and its members are beloved by the notoriously fickle Philadelphia sports fans.

From the AP story:

The former Flyers have lived here on green cards since their pro careers started in the late 1960s and 1970s. The idea of adding some red, white and blue to their orange and black had been talked about for years. With an assist from Brady, the plan took off.

For Kindrachuk and Schultz, a main motivation was wanting to vote.

“I’ve never voted in my life. I’ve never seen a voting booth,” Schultz said. “I guess I’m going to vote. Hopefully by this November, I’ll be able to vote.”

Added Kindrachuk: “I do read and pay attention to politics. It’s hard to give your comment on it when you can’t vote.”

On Constitution Day, the National Constitution Center will help 78 new citizens join the Bullies during our Naturalization Ceremony at the F.M. Kirby Auditorium here at the Center.

These newly crowned citizens are diverse men and women from countries around the world will take the Oath of Citizenship and receive certificates confirming their new status as United States citizens.
Over 400 students will watch a feed of the ceremony broadcasted on the Grand Hall Overlook.

Though the Bullies wont be there, we encourage you to follow along here as we liveblog all of the ceremonies.