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.
December 21, 2003 |
Mike Comrie says there is a sense of relief knowing he is finally under contract for the season. The Flyers signed the 23-year-old former Edmonton Oiler to a one-year deal Friday just hours before the NHL holiday roster freeze. His rights had been acquired Tuesday in exchange for Flyers defensive prospect Jeff Woywitka and two draft picks. "I'm real excited that Bobby Clarke traded for my rights and then got this deal done," Comrie said yesterday morning from his home in Edmonton.
May 8, 2002
WHY NOT save all the energy it will take to predict who the Flyers' next head coach will be and take the only logical step? Poll the players and see who they would like to coach them - they will ultimately make that decision anyway. A very disgruntled fan, Bridget Greenwald Philadelphia As a fan, I always stood behind Bob Clarke and his decisions - until this year. The firing of Bill Barber is already a mistake for the next season. If Clarke wants to keep firing coaches before they have a chance to make an improvement, then maybe he should be the general manager/coach.
April 28, 2002 |
Petr Svoboda, the agent who represents Roman Cechmanek and Jiri Dopita, said yesterday that given what happened this season with his clients, it might be better if they were traded. In Game 4 of the playoff series between the Flyers and Ottawa Senators, Cechmanek exploded with a tamper tantrum at center ice, yelling at his teammates and appearing to ask to be taken out of the game. Svoboda acknowledged that the tirade would make it difficult for Cechmanek to remain a Flyer, since his teammates probably have lost faith in him. "It might be better for both my players if [general manager]
March 25, 2001 |
Hockey got a double dose of John LeClair yesterday. The Flyers' left wing was in the starting lineup for the first time in more than three months, and USA Hockey named him to the 2002 Olympic team. "I'm incredibly excited," LeClair said. "I really enjoyed it the last time [in Nagano, Japan]. That was something to look forward to and now, with the U.S. hosting it, it's going to be great. " LeClair said the U.S. team feels it has to make up for the poor showing in 1998, especially after expectations were high when the United States won the World Cup preceding the Olympics.