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December 31, 1995 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Flyers general manager Bob Clarke yesterday fired Jay Leach as coach of the Hershey Bears, the Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate, and replaced him with Bill Barber, the team's director of pro scouting. Barber, 43, took charge of the Bears for last night's home game against the Adirondack Red Wings. Clarke said the change was made because the Bears had not met expectations this season. Although they were 6-4-4 on the road, the Bears were just 8-11 at home and 14-15-2 overall.
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March 28, 2011
Flyers Notes The Flyers and the Spectrum are slowly parting ways. The venerable building was recently torn down, and construction of "Philly Live!" - a complex of eateries, retail shops, and perhaps an outdoor skating rink - is expected to start this week. On Thursday, before the game against Atlanta at the Wells Fargo Center, the final "banner night" of the season will be held, saluting a star player from the Spectrum era. Former Flyer and Hockey Hall of Famer Bill Barber will be presented with his No. 7 banner, the one that used to hang from the Spectrum rafters, and fans will receive replica banners.
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September 25, 1990 | By Gary Miles, Inquirer Staff Writer
On an evening devoted to hockey's sweetest memories, Bill Barber reached back across the years and thanked his old teammates, summoning up names from the days of the "Broad Street Bullies" - Ashbee, Leach and Parent; Clarke, Kindrachuk and Schultz; Van Impe, MacLeish and Watson. Barber, the top goal scorer in Flyers history, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last night. But as far as Barber was concerned, he accepted the honor on behalf of 25 other men. "I know why I'm here," Barber said, referring to his teammates and coaches on the 1974 and 1975 Flyers Stanley Cup championship teams.
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October 7, 1996 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bill Barber's rock 'em, sock 'em brand of hockey opened at the CoreStates Spectrum yesterday afternoon as the Phantoms defeated the Rochester Americans, 3-1, in the American Hockey League. Three games in three days, with two wins and a loss. "Everyone is gunning for us," said Barber, the Phantoms' coach. "We opened three buildings in a row, and that's hard on you. " Despite the fatigue that often accompanies minor-league hockey, the Phantoms played with the kind of energy that Barber's Broad Street Bullies once displayed at the Spectrum.
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December 8, 2001 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If nothing else, the Flyers certainly qualify right now for parts in The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight. You've got Keith Primeau in Jerry Orbach's role as Kid Sally Palumbo. Mark Recchi in Herve Villechaize's role as Beppo and finally, John LeClair in Robert De Niro's role as Mario Trantino. None of 'em could shoot their way out of a jam. Just like the Flyers. The Flyers shot the puck 82 times during Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Islanders and still couldn't score. Thirty-three shots were on net, 26 missed the net, and another 23 were blocked.
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February 1, 2001 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Even before he became head coach of the Flyers, Bill Barber was on a mission. "One of my chores when I came over here as an assistant was to get Dan McGillis on the power play and use that great wrist shot of his to make a difference," Barber said. Mission accomplished. McGillis, who works the first-unit power play, went into last night's game against the Penguins tied with Simon Gagne for the most power-play points on the Flyers with 14. The Flyers' 28-year-old defenseman has two power-play goals, 12 power-play assists.
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April 14, 2002 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
By 6 o'clock last night, the Flyers had clinched the Atlantic Division for the second time in three years with a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers at the First Union Center. Four hours later, Boston won the Eastern Conference with a 7-1 rout of Pittsburgh. That, along with New Jersey's win over Washington and Toronto's victory over Ottawa, means the Flyers will face the Senators this week in the playoffs. Ottawa fell to the seventh seed, while the Flyers finished second to the Bruins in the East.
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January 3, 2002 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Marty Murray continues to prove that size doesn't always matter in hockey. There he was, the Flyers' 5-foot-9 David, battling Ed Jovanovski, the Canucks' Goliath, who is five inches taller and 27 pounds heavier. Murray won the battle, getting the puck to winger John LeClair, who put it in the net on New Year's Eve during a 2-1 Flyers win over Vancouver. "Jovanovski did the right thing," Murray said. "He tried to play my body, and I did the right thing by spinning off and putting the puck to the net for Johnny.
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May 7, 2004 | By Shannon Ryan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Bill Barber was fired as head coach of the Flyers two years ago, discontented players accused him of having too much fire behind the bench. When Craig Ramsay, Barber's predecessor, was let go, he was criticized for not having enough. But as key figures in the rise of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Flyers' opponents in the NHL's Eastern Conference finals, the distinctive styles of Barber and Ramsay seem to fit a team that has blossomed into a legitimate title contender in three short seasons.
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December 24, 2001 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's not often you hear coaches say they want to get back on the road, but that's where the Flyers have played their best hockey this season. At 9-4-3-0 on the road, the Flyers have the second-best record among teams in the East, after the New York Islanders, who are 10-5-1-1. So, even though the Flyers went 3-1 on the homestand that concluded with Saturday's 4-3 overtime victory against the Carolina Hurricanes, they are eager to travel. The Flyers are 9-6-2-1 at home. "I think this road trip coming up will bring us closer," coach Bill Barber said.
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June 27, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Dan Marr, director of the NHL's Central Scouting service, says that after blue-chip centers Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are drafted Friday night, the talented prospects expected to be selected between Nos. 3 to 10 are evenly ranked. "It's like a jar of jelly beans," he said during the NHL's scouting combine earlier this month. "Throw them up and they'll scatter. You take your pick and you'll be happy. " Which "jelly bean" is the sweetest in the mind of Flyers general manager Ron Hextall?
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April 20, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Goalie Steve Mason said it would have been a "present" if the Flyers won the draft lottery Saturday night in Toronto and earned the right to select a center viewed as a generational player, Connor McDavid, with the first overall pick. Well, when the Ping-Pong balls were done falling, the gift was given to Edmonton. The Oilers won the lottery and will undoubtedly choose the player scouts call "The Next Crosby" on June 26 in Sunrise, Fla. The Flyers did not move up or down in the lottery, and they will pick No. 7 overall.
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November 19, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eric Lindros and John LeClair, two-thirds of the Flyers' famed Legion of Doom line, will enter the team's Hall of Fame before Thursday's game against Minnesota at the Wells Fargo Center. "Eric has been such a big part of my career, and to have him standing right there next to me will be quite immense," LeClair, who lives in Haverford, said in a conference call with Lindros and reporters Monday. "Philadelphia is where I played my best hockey," said Lindros, whose long feud with the organization ended a few years ago. "The fans in Philadelphia are extremely passionate.
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June 27, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since 2000, the Flyers have made some shrewd draft choices, but most of those great picks are now playing elsewhere, including Justin Williams, Patrick Sharp, Dennis Seidenberg, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, and James van Riemsdyk. Some of those ex-Flyers drew highly productive players in trades. Some didn't. New general manager Ron Hextall is preaching that the Flyers must be patient with their young players. That means recent draft picks - and those selected Friday and Saturday, when the draft is held at the Wells Fargo Center - will probably be given more time to blossom with the Orange and Black.
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March 3, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Play as a team. Concentrate on defense. Show more discipline. For Flyers coach Craig Berube, those are the simple keys to a strong finish that will give his team an advantageous playoff seeding. The first two goals, based on the team's play during the last few months, seem doable. The third one? Well, that's going to take the most work. Exhibit A: Scott Hartnell committed two penalties in the first 4 minutes, 5 seconds of Saturday's hard-fought, 4-2 win over the New York Rangers.
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January 29, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dave Schultz, the former Flyers enforcer aptly nicknamed "the Hammer", held out his left hand and displayed the ring on his finger. "It's called Stanley Cups," he said. That was the only explanation Schultz said he could offer as to why he and his former Flyers teammates remain so revered in Philadelphia. It has been 40 years since Schultz earned the 1974 championship ring. The anniversary was honored Monday night at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association's dinner at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill.
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January 23, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Forty years ago, the Flyers were the city's most popular team as they won the franchise's first Stanley Cup and were known as the Broad Street Bullies for their physical - opponents called it "dirty" - style of play. Former Flyers center Terry Crisp smiles at the nickname, which was created by Jack Chevalier of the old Evening Bulletin. Fact is, he loves the identity it gave to his team. "I'm still in the game and no matter where I go, people say, 'Oh, you were a Broad Street Bully,' " Crisp, now in his 16th season as a Nashville broadcaster, said last Thursday before the Predators faced the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.
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January 14, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Bill Barber once won the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL's best coach. Craig Ramsey and John Stevens both once led the Flyers to the brink of a Stanley Cup finals. Like Craig Berube, none of these men had been a head coach before they took control of the Flyers. And like Berube, their official scoresheet began right about now, in the middle of January, when the hot streaks during the first half of this 82-game grind begin to even out, and teams either develop a personality and prosper - or fade without one. The Flyers got stomped in two games over the weekend, and, boy, did it feel like October all over again.
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December 23, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Flyers forward Vinny Lecavalier made a surprise return Saturday night in Columbus, added to the lineup because of an injury to Steve Downie. Lecavalier, sidelined since he suffered a non-displaced fracture in his lower back against Nashville on Nov. 30, had been expected to be out until next Saturday in Edmonton. "A guy like Vinny has been around a long time, and you have to trust his judgment that he's ready to go," general manager Paul Holmgren said before the game.
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July 11, 2013
A Winnipeg native, Fred Shero played parts of three seasons in the NHL as a defenseman with the New York Rangers, registering 20 points and 137 penalty minutes in 145 career games. He spent 13 years coaching in the minors before being hired by the Flyers in 1971. Shero coached the Flyers for seven seasons (1971-72 through 1977-78), compiling a 308-151-95 regular-season record and a 48-35 playoff mark. He is the club's all-time leader in seasons coached, games coached (554)
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