May 28, 2015 |
Wednesday marks the 40th anniversary of the Flyers' last Stanley Cup, and many of the players from that 1974-75 team can't believe two things: that four decades have passed since that dramatic 2-0 win in Buffalo, and that the franchise hasn't won another championship. "My God, you look back, and 40 years went just like that ," said Bernie Parent, the Hall of Fame goalie who steered the Flyers to titles in 1974 and 1975. "I tell people don't waste time because it flies by, for sure.
April 2, 2015 |
THIS MAY HAVE been a disappointing year in Philadelphia sports, but mankind once again came through with plenty of missteps for our annual report on the year in fools. While social media was again a big contributor, there are plenty of other examples of man having the proverbial chair pulled out from under him. From KKK outfits to the stadium design that resembled a toilet, we certainly fumbled our way through these last 365 days. As always, we start with the easiest target in this annual exercise of tossing boulders from the living room of our glass house.
April 1, 2015 |
THE FIRST thing Nick Schultz does whenever he walks into the Flyers' locker room after a game or practice is to swap his helmet for a black, flat-brim hat - pulled low over his eyes. He jokes it makes him fit in with a younger team. It also conveniently hides his receding hairline, though he didn't mention that part. Aside from Vinny Lecavalier, Schultz has played 214 more NHL games than the next closest player on the Flyers' roster. He arrived in Philadelphia without another game guaranteed, signed as a spare defenseman last summer.
March 23, 2015 |
Most of the 68,000-plus fans who cram into Lincoln Financial Field on a given Sunday during the NFL season are too young to have any recollection of Chuck Bednarik's decorated playing career. They know, however, who he is, what he did, and what he meant to the Eagles. Is that not the ultimate sign of greatness? How many living athletes in this or any other city will be able to say that more than 50 years after their careers ended they were still remembered and revered? Here's a hint: You can cut off some fingers and still count the ones in Philadelphia.
March 15, 2015 |
Bobby Kiefer turned to his left and looked to head up ice. The Downingtown East senior took two strides before losing an edge. Instead of trying to regain his balance, Kiefer threw both arms forward and slid on his stomach. This was as good a way as any to celebrate a Flyers Cup championship. Earlier, he had slammed home a one-timer to give East a two-goal lead with less than four minutes to go and sealed a 4-1 win over North Penn Friday night in the Flyers Cup Class AA final at Hatfield Ice Arena.
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.
November 21, 2014 |
'I WAS conflicted," said Michael Sabatina. Everyone was, all the time, it seemed, when it came to Eric Lindros. Everyone still is. It is a disease that affects the legacy of most Philadelphia stars, even upon their enshrinements. Name them: Donovan McNabb, Allen Iverson, Mike Schmidt; and, of course, the Big E. When the largest Eric Lindros controversy engulfed a tottering Eastern Conference power, Sabatina sensed angst between his team and his hero. And he was just 11. He was not a typical 11-year-old; but then, Flyers fans aren't typical, are they?
May 3, 2014 |
Claude Giroux was rewarded Thursday for finishing third in the NHL scoring race and engineering the Flyers' turnaround from a 1-7 start. The 26-year-old center was named a finalist for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the league's MVP. Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, who is the heavy favorite, and Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf also are finalists. The winner will be announced June 24 in Las Vegas. Giroux collected 86 points, putting him behind only Crosby (104) and Getzlaf (87). He is the fifth-ever Flyer named a Hart finalist.
May 2, 2014 |
ON A SOLEMN DAY usually reserved for locker cleanout and one last team excursion to Atlantic City to drown a long season, Claude Giroux did one better yesterday. Giroux earned himself a trip to Las Vegas for the NHL Awards. The Flyers' captain was announced as one of three finalists for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the NHL's most valuable player, along with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf. The winner will be announced June 24 at the Wynn Las Vegas. "To be nominated is a great honor," Giroux said in a statement.
April 1, 2013 |
With about 400 fans cheering loudly, the Flyers unveiled a statue of Bobby Clarke and Bernie Parent hoisting the Stanley Cup during a ceremony Saturday morning outside Xfinity Live. The seven-foot bronze statue commemorates the Flyers' championship teams in 1974 and 1975, and it sits outside the pub Broad Street Bullies, the nickname of those teams. Clarke, Parent, and club officials spoke at the ceremony, which was attended by former Flyers Reggie Leach, Bill Barber, Joe Watson, Don Saleski, Orest Kindrachuk, and Bob Kelly.