Dave Schultz, the enforcer who was a centerpiece of the Broad Street Bullies era, will be inducted into the Flyers' Hall of Fame before tomorrow's game against the refuse-to-lose-on-the-road New Jersey Devils.
"I get emotional just thinking about it, so I'm trying to get all that out of my system so I just act accordingly," Schultz, 60, said last night.
"My three sisters and their husbands and my two nephews came in today," he said. "My kids are going to be there, and my kids' mother. We're not married anymore, but she's my friend.
"Yeah, it's going to be [emotional]. To end up where I'm going to end up, it just doesn't get any better than that."
The Bullies produced Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and '75.
The Flyers' Chris Pronger was an infant when Schultz was in his heyday, but he has watched plenty of video highlights of the left winger, who led the league in penalty minutes three times in his four seasons with the Flyers.
"I certainly know of the Dave Schultz aura - the Hammer," Pronger said with a smile. "That era of hockey was certainly something. . . . If you happened to touch somebody, the gloves were off.
"The highlight tapes and fight tapes I've seen are incredible. I like watching a good scrap here and there."
Would Pronger, whom the Hockey News called the NHL's nastiest defenseman, have enjoyed playing in that era?
"I don't know," he said with a laugh. "They didn't get paid that much."
Pronger is making $6.25 million this season, and in the summer signed a seven-year, $34.7 million extension.
Schultz said he made $500,000 in his entire eight-year career, but he wasn't complaining. "We played to play the game," he said.
The Schultz ceremony will start at 6:45 p.m. About 600 tickets for the game remained.
- Sam Carchidi