June 20, 2016 |
Jane Hurwitz felt an obligation to the Jews of Svetlá nad Sázavou who, in the face of death, had prayed with the little Torah. The sacred scroll, just 14 inches high, had been used by scores of villagers who would be transported in 1942 to Theresienstadt concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, never to return. Hurwitz's sense of duty to them deepened as she delved into the Torah's history, part of a research project at Old York Road Temple-Beth Am. The Abington synagogue has three scrolls, on permanent loan from a London collection, that survived both the Holocaust and the 1948 Communist takeover of what is now the Czech Republic.
May 27, 2016 |
Claude Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere seem connected. Both had outstanding chemistry on the Flyers' top power-play unit this season, and both recently underwent hip and abdominal surgeries on the same day. And both could be added to their respective World Cup of Hockey teams this week. The 23-man rosters must be finalized by Friday. The eight-team, two-week tournament will be held in Toronto from Sept. 17 to Oct 1. Each team will carry 20 skaters and three goalies. Teams announced their first 16 roster selections in March.
January 31, 2016 |
NASHVILLE - Florida Panthers right winger Jaromir Jagr pleaded with fans not to vote for him as captain of the Atlantic Division all-star team, saying the new three-on-three format would be too taxing for someone 43 years old. They didn't listen. So there Jagr was, cracking self-deprecating one-liners to a swarm of reporters Friday, and talking about getting ready for Sunday's All-Star Game in Nashville. Jagr, who will turn 44 on Feb. 15, says his Florida teammates have kept him young.
December 26, 2015 |
General manager Ron Hextall says the IIHF World Junior Championships offer him more than a chance to see how some of the Flyers' top prospects perform on a huge international stage. "For me, you get a lot out of it because you see the top players from other countries for a week. Even if it's just questions for your scouts down the road, there's a lot of education you get in a short period of time," Hextall said, explaining why he will attend the 10-country tournament, which runs from Saturday through Jan. 5 in Helsinki, Finland.
December 12, 2015 |
DALLAS - For the first time this season, the same Flyers goalie started on consecutive nights. That goalie was Michal Neuvirth, who faced high-scoring Dallas on Friday after recording a 4-2 win in St. Louis the previous night. Neuvirth, the supposed backup, has been sharper than Steve Mason for most of the season, especially in the recent games. "I don't want to compare, I guess, but Neuvy has been sharp," coach Dave Hakstol said before the game Hakstol said it's important to reward a goalie when he is playing well.
October 17, 2015 |
Two areas that plagued the Flyers last season - backup goaltending and penalty killing - have played key roles in the team's impressive start. Unflappable Michal Neuvirth, thrust into the starter's role because Steve Mason was dealing with a family matter, has recorded consecutive shutouts, and the penalty-killing units have gone 11 for 11 in those two wins. Combined with contributions from all four lines and the three defensive pairings, the Flyers (2-1-1) are off to their best four-game start since 2011-12 (3-0-1)
May 22, 2015 |
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said he improved his crowded defense and its speed Wednesday by signing free-agent Yevgeni Medvedev, a three-time KHL all-star in Russia. The 6-foot-3, 187-pound Russian will be playing in the NHL for the first time after spending his career in the Russian Elite League and the KHL. He is regarded as a strong-skating two-way defenseman, and Hextall is banking on his making a quick adjustment to the smaller NHL rinks. "We just felt with the size, the mobility, the skating, that we upgraded our group here," said Hextall, who said Medvedev has the ability to play on the power play and penalty kill.
March 6, 2015 |
For the newest Flyer, Radko Gudas, life is good. The rugged defenseman, acquired along with first- and third-round draft picks in the deal that sent Braydon Coburn to Tampa Bay, is healing after knee surgery, is expecting his first child (a girl) in two weeks, and is being reunited with his longtime friend from the Czech Republic, Jake Voracek. "I'm happy to be on a team that wants me," he said Wednesday after arriving at the team's practice facility in Voorhees. "It's always exciting to be a part of something new. " Gudas, 24, who said his father (Leo, a onetime Calgary draftee)
December 31, 2014 |
REDISCOVERING HER strength in slalom, Mikaela Shiffrin became the most successful U.S. skier in the discipline yesterday in Kuehtai, Austria. Shiffrin, 19, racked up her 10th career slalom win, beating the records set in the 1980s by Tamara McKinney and on the men's side by Phil Mahre , who both had nine wins in ski racing's most technically demanding event. "I wasn't thinking about that today," Shiffrin said. "Somebody mentioned it and I was like, 'Ha, that is very cool.' I had no idea.
October 27, 2014 |
This article has been corrected. A previous version misspelled the name of Mirka Knapkova as Irka Knapkova. Kjetil Borch, a single sculler from Norway, saw the richest prize in his sport close to his grasp Saturday on the Schuylkill - and then he found out the Schuylkill had a little more adventure left for him. Out in front of the reigning world singles champion, with the reigning Olympic champion also in range, and a $10,000 first prize...