May 28, 2010 |
BILL CLEMENT, a gritty center for the Broad Street Bullies' 1974 and '75 Stanley Cup-winning teams, paused for a moment when asked to ponder which current Flyer he resembled when he played. "I think Blair Betts," said Clement, now an analyst on the Flyers' pregame and postgame shows on Comcast SportsNet. "I was a penalty killer and more of a defensive player when I was here. I had a 20-goal season 1 year [21 in '75], and I was good on faceoffs. That was one of my roles. Bobby Clarke and I took the majority of the big faceoffs.
May 15, 2012 |
CLAUDE GIROUX became the face of the Flyers this year. By winning the 2012 John Wanamaker Athletic Award, he has become the embodiment of Philadelphia sports. Giroux was selected from among 10 finalists for the award, a list that included LeSean McCoy, Bernard Hopkins and Hunter Pence. He had a career-high 93 points. "This year's recipients are wonderful representatives of the caliber of individuals in the Philadelphia sports community," said David Montgomery, the chairman of the Philadelphia Sports Congress.
June 16, 1987 |
Looking very much the gentleman, Robert Earle Clarke was formally inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last night. It was a black-tie affair, and Clarke not only arrived with his two false front teeth snapped in place, he didn't even have a single drop of blood smeared across the front of his tuxedo. You think about the 15-year playing career that Clarke had with the Flyers, and the memories always go to that gap-toothed smile. Those who trace memories back to his earlier years also will recall his shock of curly hair.
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?
March 7, 2001
Phils' hopes dim Another baseball season is almost here, and once again, sportswriters write ridiculous articles about how the Phillies should be competitive. Anyone who can tie their own shoelaces knows the Phillies will stink again this year. MIKE SLANE, Philadelphia Fed up with Flyers? Both Bob Clarke and Eric Lindros are acting like immature brats, embarrassing the Flyers and Philadelphia. Ed Snider should hire Pat Croce to take care of this. He could fire Clarke and trade Lindros for a pair of those long pants the Flyers used to wear as uniforms.
January 19, 1989 |
The Springfield Spartans haven't been doing so well in the Suburban One American Conference Freedom Division lately. So when the Liberty Division's Upper Merion came to town Tuesday night, Spartans coach Jack Spinella hoped the change might do his team good, even though the Vikings had won five straight games. He was wrong. Upper Merion dashed those hopes behind the spectacular shooting of Bobby Clarke, and the Spartans fell, 74-55. Clarke tallied a game-high 38 points to pace Upper Merion, which led at the end of each period.
August 28, 1989 |
Defenseman Jiri Latal, a highly regarded prospect from Czechoslovakia, has left his club team to join the Flyers. Latal, a 6th-round draft choice of Toronto in 1985 who was never signed by the Leafs, recently sent word through intermediaries that he wished to leave his homeland to play in the NHL. Toronto has agreed to trade Latal's rights to the Flyers in exchange for a conditional draft choice. Flyers assistant coach Andy Murray met with Latal in Frankfurt, West Germany.
April 30, 1990 |
Nothing so much as the firing of hockey superstar Bobby Clarke as general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers points up the obvious: After all is said and done, sports is first a business. Clarke's firing proves again that sports can be a cruel enterprise. But you would have thought that Hall of Famer Clarke would have been an exception because he spent the bulk of his playing days breathing life into an otherwise unspectacular franchise. Indeed, during the '70s Clarke was the franchise.
April 17, 1990 |
Bob Clarke, who personified the Philadelphia Flyers' smoldering work ethic in his playing days, was fired last night as the club's general manager because of what team president Jay Snider termed their "fundamental differences" over the future direction of the team. Speaking at a hastily called news conference, Snider said he and Clarke had disagreed for the last six months about the proper course for the Flyers, who recently completed their first losing season in 18 years and failed to make the playoffs for the first time in the same span.