April 12, 1987
Several years ago an American couple vacationing in Canada by car stopped at a small motel in a remote area of Ontario. A friendly innkeeper greeted them and asked where they were from. Upon being told Philadelphia, he beamed and said: "You must be very proud of Bobby Clarke. " Philadelphia is indeed very proud of Bobby Clarke, and that incident dramatizes the esteem in which he is held not only in Canada, where ice hockey is the national pastime, but wherever the game is played.
October 27, 2006 |
The first time I met Bob Clarke, who resigned as Flyers general manager on Sunday, I didn't know who he was, but I couldn't take my eyes off him. He looked like an angel, an honest-to-God "Gloria in excelsis Deo" angel. His exquisitely calm, beatific face was framed by a natural halo of soft, golden-brown curls that gently flew backward against his shoulders as he skated over to where I stood along the boards of an ice-skating rink in Radnor Township. It was the summer of 1973, and Bobby Clarke, as he will always be known in our hearts, was 23 years old and still unknown to the majority of Philadelphia sports fans who would grow to admire, love and worship him, his sport, and his team - the Flyers.
May 21, 1994 |
The Flyers rearranged the deck chairs on the Titanic yesterday. Five weeks after the ship sank again. After missing the NHL playoffs for a fifth straight spring, the Flyers decided that Terry Simpson was not the man to lead them again next season. So yesterday, five weeks after the regular season ended, they fired their third coach in three years. In dismissing the tight-lipped, stone-faced, gum-chewing Simpson after only one season, the Flyers took the latest step in their unchecked downturn and created the shortest coaching tenure in the history of this city's once- proudest sports franchise.
April 20, 2016 |
Before he walked into the Flyers' locker room Monday night and addressed the team after Game 3 of their playoff series against Washington, Jay Snider said it would be one of the most emotional moments of his life. "Normally," he said with conviction and deep admiration, "it would be Dad in there. " He was talking about Ed Snider, the Flyers chairman and cofounder who died of bladder cancer April 11 at age 83. During most of his 50 years with the team, Snider would walk from locker to locker after each home game, get to know the players, and, whether they won or lost, thank them for their effort.
April 17, 1990 |
Naturally, there was some shock. And disbelief. Still, several Flyers who played with or for Bob Clarke said they could sense something like this was about to occur. Most of all, they find it difficult to envision the franchise without him. "I am (surprised), and I'm not," said Bob Taylor, a former teammate and current Flyers radio broadcaster. "I knew there were some changes coming at the end of the season. I just can't imagine him not being with the Flyers. " "I don't know what goes on behind the scenes," said Mark Howe, another ex-teammate and employee.
May 22, 2012 |
The Flyers signed two prospects - forwards Derek Mathers and Andrew Johnston - to entry-level deals on Monday. Mathers, 18, was the Flyers' last draft pick in 2011, 206th overall in the sixth round. He collected an astounding 348 penalty minutes over the last two seasons, including 49 fighting majors, with Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot-3 bruiser added two more fights in nine games with the AHL's Phantoms this spring on an amateur tryout contract once his OHL season was finished.
November 28, 1988 |
The Flyers finally might have some relief for their crippled center-ice position when they return home tomorrow night to face Boston. Dave Poulin said yesterday that the shoulder that has kept him out of the lineup for 13 days is feeling better and that he hopes to be able to play against the Bruins. "The range of motion is much better and it feels a lot stronger," said Poulin, who has missed seven games, only one of which the Flyers have won. Poulin said he has been told that had he not been wearing heavy-grade shoulder pads, the ones that make him look like the hunchback of Notre Dame, the slight separation could have been as severe as the one that put Brad McCrimmon into surgery during the 1985 playoffs.
April 17, 1990 |
When he arrived here in 1969, a wide-eyed second-round draft pick from Western Canada, he wasn't even sure he would last through a Flyers training camp. But Bobby Clarke not only made the Flyers, he made them champions. Clarke's indomitable spirit and drive guided a youthful franchise to two Stanley Cups in the mid-1970s, in the process turning him into one of Philadelphia's sports legends. A city unfamiliar with hockey soon grew to admire the fierce passion with which Clarke and the Flyers played.
November 14, 2011
FORMER FLYERS defenseman Mark Howe will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame tonight in Toronto. He will be joined by Ed Belfour, Doug Gilmour and Joe Nieuwendyk in the player category. Terry Jones, who has covered the Edmonton Oilers from their infancy, will be honored for excellence in hockey journalism, and Detroit Red Wings color commentator Mickey Redmon will be honored for outstanding contributions in broadcasting. The ceremony will be broadcast at 7:30 on the NHL Network.
March 2, 2015 |
Ralph V. Cacciutti, 77, of Gladwyne, owner and operator of his family's foundry for many years, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, of a stroke at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Cacciutti was the CEO and chairman of West Philadelphia Bronze Corp., a bronze foundry and one of the leading national manufacturers of large castings for the shipbuilding industry. The business was established in 1947 in West Philadelphia by his father, Ralph Cacciutti, and uncle, Charles Cacciutti, both now deceased. In 1986, the firm moved to Chester, Delaware County, after acquiring the Crown Foundry there.