Flyers Notes: Flyers 2-0 since Snider met the Pope

Lin Snider (left) and Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider meet the Pope at the Vatican in Rome. (Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Flyers)

Move over, Kate Smith.

The Flyers apparently have a new good-luck charm, Pope Francis.

Flyers founder Ed Snider met with Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome last week. Since then, the Flyers are 2-0.

"I think that's a coincidence," Snider said. "I'd like to think he had something to do with it, but I think the team is finally turning it around and has learned Chief's system."

"Chief" is the nickname of new Flyers coach Craig Berube.

Snider was part of a 60-member Simon Wiesenthal Center delegation that had a private audience with the pontiff. The group included Holocaust survivors, Christians, and a prominent Muslim.

"We discussed anti-Semitism and discussed the Pope's upcoming visit to Israel and the significance of his trip," Snider said.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human-rights organizations, with more than 400,000 member families in the United States.

- Sam Carchidi

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