The oldest hockey franchise in the United States, the Philadelphia Redshirts, will celebrate one hundred seasons of existence in 1998-99. The team was founded in 1899 as the Philadelphia Hockey Club and dominated the amateur hockey leagues in the eastern United States until 1924, when the team went professional as a member of the American Professional Hockey Association. In 1939, the team was one of the founding members of the Professional Hockey League.
For their 100th anniversary celebration, the Redshirts will bring back several important players from their history, including the oldest surviving player in franchise history, 87-year-old Ben Jenkins. "This is an important season in our history" said franchise owner Bob Wells Jr. "We have a lot to be proud of as a franchise and we look forward to celebrating it with our fans."