When the late Fred Shero is inducted Monday into hockey's Hall of Fame in Toronto, 15 of his former Flyers players - 14 of whom played on at least one of the franchise's two Stanley Cup champions - will attend the ceremony.

Shero, who died in 1990 at age 65, coached the Flyers for seven years in the 1970s before joining the New York Rangers. He will be inducted in the builder's category.

Ed Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, is paying for the ex-players' expenses, and those who live in this area will be aboard his private plane en route to Toronto.

"Fred meant everything to these players," Snider said. "I firmly believe this is the ultimate tribute to Fred to have his team there for this occasion."

Snider; Peter Luukko, the Flyers president; and general manager Paul Holmgren will attend. Holmgren played for Shero after the team won Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975.

The following former players also will attend: Bob Clarke, Bill Barber, Bernie Parent, Bob Kelly, Gary Dornhoefer, Joe Watson, Larry Goodenough, Jimmy Watson, Don Saleski, Orest Kindrachuk, Andre Dupont, Terry Crisp, Reggie Leach, and Ed Van Impe.


The Flyers recalled Kris Newbury from the Adirondack Phantoms and sent Tye McGinn back to their AHL affiliate. . . . Steve Downie, sidelined with a concussion, skated before practice and is listed as day-to-day. . . . When the Flyers host New Jersey on Thursday, the Devils will have center Travis Zajac and defenseman Anton Volchenkov back in the lineup after missing time because of injuries. Winger Patrik Elias (back) remains sidelined. . . . Goalie Martin Brodeur will start for New Jersey.