February 15, 2013 |
NICK COUSINS laughed. Surely, the Flyers' third-round pick in 2011 thought his new coach was joking when Sheldon Keefe challenged him in December to lead the OHL in scoring this season. It was Keefe's first day on the job as coach of the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, brought in to replace Mike Stapleton midway through the season. His first objective was to meet with Cousins, a player he inherited with plenty of potential but a poor reputation. "He was a guy I'd heard a lot about, from a lot of different people," Keefe said.
September 6, 2012 |
OK, so Phillies fans have had to endure a long, tough summer, one in which their expectations turned out to be as inflated as the bullpen ERA. The sellout streak ended. So too, almost certainly, will the postseason streak. Two of the team's aces - Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay - never got going. And on a few now notorious occasions, neither did Jimmy Rollins, who gave new meaning to baseball's "dog" days. There was little relief from the misery. Nothing but misery from the relief corps.
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.
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.
April 22, 2012 |
THE DAY WAS May 9, 1974. Bobby Clarke had just scored two goals against the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals, including the game-winner in overtime. The Flyers had not won a game in Boston in 7 years and 19 attempts, and that moment is widely viewed as the turning point of a series that brought the Flyers their first Cup. That day, his coach, Fred Shero, said, "You know, Clarke is the best player in the league, not just from me . . . [The Russians think] Clarke, he's the best we have over here.
January 30, 2012
OTTAWA - It's going to be a whirlwind few days for Flyers center Claude Giroux. Giroux, playing in front of family and old friends, scored a goal in Sunday's All-Star Game in Ottawa, which is near where he spent his high school years. On Monday, he will be honored by the Philadelphia Sportswriters Association for being named the city's athlete of the year. It is an award that has been won by such Philadelphia icons as Wilt Chamberlain, Joe Frazier, Mike Schmidt, Bobby Clarke and Steve Van Buren.
January 3, 2012
PAT YOURSELVES on the back, Philly. Tear your rotator if you have to. So it wasn't perfect, so your team didn't get the necessary two points in Game 37 of the 82-game regular season against the hated division rivals, so they blew a two-goal lead in front of 46,967, tainting this snow-globed day ever so slightly. That's not what we will remember tomorrow, a week from now, and certainly in the years to come. We will remember Bernie Parent stymieing Ron Duguay, and we will forever think of Duguay more fondly than we ever did when he was a player.
December 13, 2011 |
CHICAGO - As he was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night, Flyers owner Ed Snider took time to reflect on some of his favorite moments in running the franchise since 1966. Of course, the two Stanley Cup championships in the 1970s stood out. "When the Flyers won the Stanley Cup in  my seventh year of existence, that was my greatest thrill," Snider, 78, said. "Then we had two million people at the parade the next day. That was probably my No. 1 experience.
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.
February 2, 2011
IN THE MIDDLE of today's paper is a special page commemorating the Flyers' 1,000th regular-season home win. Since the Flyers were born in 1967-68, only Montreal and Boston have won more at home. It is a franchise accomplishment created by individual feats. One of Mike Emrick's favorites occurred nearly 30 years ago. Before Emrick became the voice of the NHL, he was a Flyers' announcer for a couple of seasons in the early 1980s. He recalled quickly (and with impressive detail)