Published: Aug 27, 2010 5:27 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 28, 2010 4:30 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. is about to let a bunch of former Bullies become citizens.

Four members of the Philadelphia Flyers championship Broad Street Bullies teams of the 1970s are close to getting their citizenship.

Canadians Bill Clement, Orest Kindrachuk, Bob Kelly and Dave Schultz are going through the necessary steps that will make them American citizens by the end of the year.

Kindrachuk and Kelly are set to be sworn in Sept. 17.

Schultz, who holds the NHL record for most penalty minutes in a season, was fingerprinted this week as part of the process.

Schultz laughs when he says he hopes his days as Flyers enforcer won't be held against him during the background check.

The former teammates were encouraged to become citizens by U.S. Rep. Bob Brady.