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)
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.
January 4, 2009 |
The Flyers have had 16 different captains in their 41-year history. They have come in many shapes, sizes and toothless grins. Some of the captains were hardy souls. No-frills, net-clearing players. Ed Van Impe comes to mind. Some of the captains were physical on the ice and vocal off it. They were unafraid to lash the team, when needed, in the media. Hello, Derian Hatcher. Some of the captains weren't dominating players, but stood up for their teammates with their physical play - and didn't shy away from a fight or four.
November 6, 2008 |
With his team near the bottom of the NHL in face-off percentage, Flyers coach John Stevens had the legendary Bob Clarke spend time with his players yesterday on draws. Clarke, the Hall of Fame center and the Flyers' senior vice president, worked with the players at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, attempting to improve their 46 percent success rate, which places them 27th out of 30 teams. "He was one of the best ever in the face-off circle," Flyers coach John Stevens said, "and anytime you can hear from a guy like that who's a great resource right at our fingertips, we need to take advantage of it. " Clarke's message?
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.