Two Philadelphia Flyers — center Scott Laughton and defenseman Tony DeAngelo — will be honored at Monday’s 118th annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association banquet in Cherry Hill.
Laughton was recently added to the association’s award winners. He will be the recipient of the Good Guy Award.
“It means a lot to me to be in this city and with this franchise, and to win that award,” said Laughton, who always makes himself available, whether it’s in good or bad times. “It kind of puts a little bit of things in perspective here with what’s gone on in the last couple years.”
Laughton, 28, is the only Flyer to wear a letter (“A”) this season because of leadership. He is having a career season, and has 11 goals and 27 points in 41 games.
DeAngelo, 27, a Sewell, N.J., native, is also having a strong season. He has seven goals and 26 points in 40 games, and he will be receive the Native Son Award.
“It’s pretty cool,” DeAngelo said. “Any time you get an award like that it means a lot.”
2nd local Flyer
He is only the second player from the Philadelphia area to be a regular with the Flyers. The first was defenseman Mark Eaton from Wilmington, Del.
As a youngster, DeAngelo played at the Hollydell Ice Arena in Sewell.
“I always wanted to play for the Flyers,” DeAngelo, whose parents are from South Philadelphia, said when he was traded to the Orange and Black in July. “It’s a dream come true for me.”
Among others who will attend the banquet and be honored: the Phillies, represented by manager Rob Thomson and Alec Bohm, will be saluted as Philadelphia’s Team of the Year; the 76ers’ Tyrese Maxey (Humanitarian of the Year), and former Villlanova men’s basketball coach Jay Wright (Lifetime Achievement Award), among others.
The Eagles’ Jalen Hurts will be named the Pro Athlete of the Year, but will not attend because of team commitments.
Among the media winners: Al Morganti (Special Achievement Award) a Hockey Hall of Fame member who works for NBC Sports Philadelphia and WIP; Jim Salisbury, the former Phillies reporter for The Inquirer and NBC Sports Philadelphia, who will receive the Stan Hochman Award for journalism excellence; and Tom McGinnis, the 76ers’ long-time radio voice, who is the winner of the Bill Campbell Award for broadcasting excellence.
Phillies public-address announcer Dan Baker is being honored for his remarkable 50-year career.
Joe Conklin will provide laughs with his irreverent spots humor. (Be prepared, Alec Bohm.)
The event will be held at DoubleTree by Hilton, formerly the Crowne Plaza, in Cherry Hill. The cocktail hour and silent auction starts at 5 p.m., followed by dinner. The silent auction benefits the Adam Taliaferro Foundation.
Tickets are available at phillysportswriters.com.