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December 9, 1998 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
We can safely assume this is not what the Flyers or John Vanbiesbrouck had in mind. The Beezer, the free-agent goalie the Flyers signed for $3.5 million a year over the summer, was yanked after 40 minutes last night, yanked after allowing three goals on five shots in a horrific second period. The Flyers eventually came back to tie the host New Jersey Devils, 5-5, and none of the three goalies on display - Vanbiesbrouck, Ron Hextall or the Devils' Martin Brodeur - emerged as the favorite for the Vezina Trophy.
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March 19, 1998 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said there was "no chance" he would trade for Florida Panthers goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck. "He hasn't exactly done a lot for them this season, has he?" Clarke asked yesterday. The Panthers, 18-36-12, are winless in their last 12 games. Vanbiesbrouck, who stoned the Flyers in the 1996 playoffs, has a 2.89 goals-against and a .898 save percentage. Of course, given Clarke's record on being truthful with reporters, the Beezer is probably lugging his equipment through Philadelphia International Airport as you read this.
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June 2, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
Goalie John Vanbiesbrouck probably won't return to the Florida Panthers next season, his agent, Lloyd Friedland, said yesterday. The goalie who took the Panthers to the Stanley Cup finals two years ago becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1. His agent said there has been no discussion for six months. Panthers general manager Bryan Murray said the agent turned down a $10.5 million offer that included a two-year extension, and asked for $13.5 million. PREDATORS: FIRST PLAYER The expansion Nashville Predators acquired their first player, right wing Marian Cisar, from the Los Angeles Kings for future considerations.
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February 11, 2000 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
It was an absolutely ridiculous loss. In order for the Flyers to fall, 3-2, to the visiting Edmonton Oilers last night, the home team had to: Miss better than half a dozen open nets. Have its embattled, 36-year-old, No. 1 goalie, John Vanbiesbrouck, reach up for a shot that was high and wide and somehow put the puck in his own net. And, get a goal taken away that would have been perfectly legal a week ago, a goal that might still have been legal last night, had referee Dave Jackson been in a better position to see it. That's a deadly trifecta.
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June 26, 2000 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
A month ago, when the Flyers' season ended, it seemed likely goalie John Vanbiesbrouck would return for at least one more year as the backup to Brian Boucher, the rookie who supplanted the Beezer down the stretch and led the Flyers to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final series. That certainly was what Boucher wanted - he spoke eloquently at the team breakup press gathering about how much he enjoyed Vanbiesbrouck's mentoring, how comfortable he was working with the veteran. And Vanbiesbrouck seemed amenable, as well, even though he knew the Flyers were unlikely to exercise their $3.5 million contract option for a backup goalie.
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December 19, 1991 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
Just in case you haven't been keeping up with the latest fads in the NHL, you should know that goalie tandems are passe. The trend lately is for each team to establish a strong No. 1 (although the Flyers certainly haven't done this). In Edmonton, Bill Ranford has played in 30 of the Oilers' 34 games. In Boston, Andy Moog has played in 25 of 31. In Detroit, Tim Cheveldae has played in an amazing 34 of 34, although he hasn't played every minute. This brings us to New York, and the league's most productive 1990-91 tandem, John Vanbiesbrouck and Mike Richter.
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February 15, 1999 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
The Flyers' goal-tending had a lot to do with the two losses that opened this road trip. It had a lot to do with yesterday's 4-4 tie with Colorado as well - but in a different way. "It was his point," Flyers captain Eric Lindros said, with a nod toward goalie John Vanbiesbrouck. "We did nothing to deserve it . . . We've got to start giving the guy some help. " The Beezer might have played one of his best games of the season, and he still gave up four goals. That says something about the Avalanche's firepower, and something about the Flyers' defensive efforts.
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March 5, 1999 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
On Dec. 5, 1981, the New York Rangers had to play at the Colorado Rockies, with both goalies, John Davidson and Steve Baker, suffering from groin pulls. The call went out for an 18-year-old kid playing junior at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, a fourth-round draft pick the previous June named John Vanbiesbrouck. "Things were different back then. I don't think they were overly happy to see me," the Beezer said yesterday, before watching Jean-Marc Pelletier become the youngest goalie ever to start a game for the Flyers, absorbing an undeserved 5-0 beating from the Ottawa Senators on his 21st birthday.
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March 17, 2000 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
As games go, it was pretty darned forgettable. The main thing to come out of the Flyers' diligent but unspectacular 1-1 tie with the visiting Montreal Canadiens last night was a third successive strong performance in net by John Vanbiesbrouck, the 36-year-old veteran who seemed written out of the postseason plans a few weeks back. Vanbiesbrouck got successive starts for the first time this month, and allowed a lone goal in each, doing a solid job in Monday's 4-1 victory at Phoenix, as well.
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December 18, 1998 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
Clearly, this was not a journey John Vanbiesbrouck looked forward to making. The Beezer, all 5 foot, 8 inches and 176 pounds of him, is not looking for goaltending's welterweight title, especially at age 35. But he saw his counterpart, Calgary's Jean-Sebastien Giguere, storm out of the crease to grab angry Flyer Roman Vopat, who was looking for someone to fight after some rough stuff had transpired in the corner. Giguere might have been afraid Vopat would do harm to 35-year-old Calgary defenseman Steve Smith, who came out of retirement this season after serving as an assistant coach last year.
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February 8, 2011 | by Frank Seravalli
PRESSURE. In professional sports, it's something that players either feed off or cave under. And the pressure cooker doesn't get any hotter than in a rookie goaltender's crease during March and April as each point and each goal becomes more and more crucial. For Sergei Bobrovsky, the final examinations have already started. Now, as the Flyers move into the final 25 to 30 games of the season, coach Peter Laviolette administered his first test last Thursday against Nashville - to see if Bobrovsky would bounce back after a being pulled in the first period on Tuesday at Tampa Bay. He passed.
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March 14, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Former NHL goalie John Vanbiesbrouck plans to sell his share of a junior hockey team following his resignation as coach and general manager for using a racial slur, the team said. Vanbiesbrouck owns 25 percent of the Ontario Hockey League's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. The team said Vanbiesbrouck was not ordered to sell his stake by the league. Vanbiesbrouck played for the Flyers from 1998 to 2000. He has apologized for the slur he used in describing his team captain, Trevor Daley, who is black.
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March 13, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
John Vanbiesbrouck apologized yesterday to the Ontario Hockey League for a racial slur against a player. The former NHL goaltender, who played for the Flyers from 1998 to 2000, resigned Monday as coach and general manager of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds after the slur against his team captain, Trevor Daley, a defenseman who is black. "John Vanbiesbrouck requested permission to speak to the board, which was granted to him, and then he left," OHL commissioner David Branch said.
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February 5, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
The New Jersey Devils' search for a veteran backup for goaltender Martin Brodeur ended yesterday where it began - with John Vanbiesbrouck. Vanbiesbrouck agreed to contract terms, ending a retirement that began moments after the Devils lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals to the Colorado Avalanche. Vanbiesbrouck worked out with goaltender coach Jacques Caron after the Devils practiced at South Mountain Arena. However, the 38-year-old probably won't sign his contract until after the NHL break for the Olympics, which would be the final week of February.
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December 4, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
John Vanbiesbrouck managed to see everything the New Jersey Devils sent at him. He nearly stopped it all, too. Vanbiesbrouck turned aside 45 shots as the Islanders earned a 1-1 tie against the visiting Devils yesterday. His effort came just two days after he stopped 26 New Jersey shots in a 0-0 tie Friday night. "When you see the pucks through traffic, that's when you know you're at your best," Vanbiesbrouck said. "You just have to put your surviving gear on against the best.
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June 26, 2000 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
A month ago, when the Flyers' season ended, it seemed likely goalie John Vanbiesbrouck would return for at least one more year as the backup to Brian Boucher, the rookie who supplanted the Beezer down the stretch and led the Flyers to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final series. That certainly was what Boucher wanted - he spoke eloquently at the team breakup press gathering about how much he enjoyed Vanbiesbrouck's mentoring, how comfortable he was working with the veteran. And Vanbiesbrouck seemed amenable, as well, even though he knew the Flyers were unlikely to exercise their $3.5 million contract option for a backup goalie.
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June 24, 2000 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
As the Flyers expected, the high-profile names they left unprotected in yesterday's expansion draft were not pounced upon by the Columbus Blue Jackets or the Minnesota Wild. Instead, the Wild took Artem Anisimov, a Russian defenseman the Flyers drafted in the third round back in 1994 but never signed, and the Blue Jackets took Czech winger Martin Streit, a 1995 Flyers seventh-rounder, who also was not signed. "We didn't think they were going to play for the Flyers," Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said.
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June 19, 2000 | By Craig Donnelly, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Grundlefoot, lagging far behind in the early going, unleashed a powerful rally in the stretch to capture yesterday's $200,000 Leonard Richards Stakes for 3-year-olds at Delaware Park. Perfect Cat finished second, 1 3/4 lengths behind, despite lacking room from the far turn to midstretch. Mercaldo ran third, followed by the 7-10 favorite, Snuck In. Pickupspeed, Big E E, Lightning Paces, and Painted Pistol followed in that order. Grundlefoot is owned by Paul Fowler Jr., vice president of the Morgan Stanley brokerage firm, and is trained by Gary Capuano at his stable in Bowie, Md.. Grundlefoot, while wearing blinkers for the first time, capped quite a weekend for jockey Travis Dunkelberger.
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March 27, 2000 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
Eric Lindros was never in the building, and Jaromir Jagr left the ice for good 4 minutes, 59 seconds into the game, before most of the TV advertisers even got a chance to pitch their wares. The Flyers' hardscrabble 3-1 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins yesterday at the First Union Center probably was not what ABC envisioned for its game of the week, but it suited the Flyers just fine. "We played a pretty emotional game today," goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck said after his team, with a game in hand, pulled within two points of first-place New Jersey in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference.
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March 17, 2000 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
As games go, it was pretty darned forgettable. The main thing to come out of the Flyers' diligent but unspectacular 1-1 tie with the visiting Montreal Canadiens last night was a third successive strong performance in net by John Vanbiesbrouck, the 36-year-old veteran who seemed written out of the postseason plans a few weeks back. Vanbiesbrouck got successive starts for the first time this month, and allowed a lone goal in each, doing a solid job in Monday's 4-1 victory at Phoenix, as well.
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