May 28, 2015 |
Wednesday marks the 40th anniversary of the Flyers' last Stanley Cup, and many of the players from that 1974-75 team can't believe two things: that four decades have passed since that dramatic 2-0 win in Buffalo, and that the franchise hasn't won another championship. "My God, you look back, and 40 years went just like that ," said Bernie Parent, the Hall of Fame goalie who steered the Flyers to titles in 1974 and 1975. "I tell people don't waste time because it flies by, for sure.
May 20, 2015 |
THE DARKEST of clouds hovered over the Wells Fargo Center at noon yesterday, threatening a downpour of epic proportions. Inside, though, the sun's high beams were on. Accolades for a coach who has never dipped his toes into the NHL, from a first-year general manager who has never hired a head coach before. Accolades for both from an 82-year-old chairman whose very approval of it clearly indicates a mindset that is now all-in. Give the old man credit for this. Ed Snider defended the hiring of a career college coach yesterday by referencing the humble starts of Fred Shero and Mike Keenan, reminding us not only that his stewardship has not always been about hiring known quantities and former players, but also how long his tenure as head of this team has been.
April 21, 2015 |
TODAY IS Day 4 of the Flyers' head coaching vacancy. That in itself is a rarity in franchise history - a rather long length of time in between coaches for a team with an innately itchy trigger finger. In fact, six of the seven Flyers coaches hired since 1998 replaced their predecessor on the same day. Ken Hitchcock, who succeeded Jack Adams Trophy winner Bill Barber on May 14, 2002, was the lone exception. Eleven of the 17 coaches hired in franchise history after original boss Keith Allen were same-day replacements.
November 26, 2014 |
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Pat Quinn, according to Flyers president Paul Holmgren, was someone whom those in sports like to call "a player's coach. " "I think most of us would've done whatever he asked us to do," Holmgren, who played for the team in each of Quinn's 4 years as head coach, said yesterday by phone. "Run through that wall? Sure. How many bricks do you want left over? We would've done anything for him. " Holmgren, a member of the 1979-80 club that "The Big Irishman" led to a 35-game unbeaten streak and a trip to the Stanley Cup finals, is among many in the hockey world mourning the loss of Quinn, who died Sunday night in Vancouver after a lengthy illness.
May 20, 2014
HOCKEY HALL of Famer Bernie Parent played in a remarkable 73 games during the 1973-74 NHL season (47-13-12 record, 12 shutouts). His 1.89 goals-against average was off the charts. In the Stanley Cup-clinching sixth game of the '74 finals, he shut out powerful Boston, 1-0. Rick MacLeish scored the memorable game's only goal at 14:48 of the first period. Parent is a two-time NHL first-team All-Star. Bill Fleischman, the Daily News' Flyers beat writer when the Flyers won their Stanley Cups, spoke with Parent, now 69, about his time as the Flyers goaltender and his life after hockey.
May 20, 2014 |
THE QUIET neighborhoods. That's one memory of the May 19, 1974 Sunday afternoon - 40 years ago today - when the Flyers clinched their first Stanley Cup, beating favored Boston, 1-0, at the Spectrum. While I was in the Spectrum, with the usual sellout audience of 17,007, Philly residents later told me how eerily quiet their neighborhoods were that sunny afternoon. Folks were either at the game, watching it on television or listening on the radio. It was as if the city stood still, waiting for the outcome.
April 18, 2014 |
JAKE VORACEK was not shy. Thinking back to the Flyers' 3-1 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on March 26, Voracek said New York defenseman Ryan McDonagh "owned" his line. "We were overthinking it too much against him," Voracek said. "He's a very smart defenseman; he reads the ice very well. He's so good at picking off passes. " With Ray Emery filling in for the injured Steve Mason in Game 1, and even less room for error, McDonagh's stout work at the blue line has forced Flyers coach Craig Berube to alter his game plan.
March 17, 2014 |
Glorious weather. Hundreds of adoring fans. A "Who's Who" of former Flyers among those paying tribute as the organization unveiled a statue of the late Fred Shero on Saturday morning outside Xfinity Live. Oh, and Ray Shero, who happens to be the general manager of the Flyers' most bitter enemy, taking some good-natured jabs from a rather influential heckler. Shero, the architect of the Pittsburgh Penguins' powerhouses, walked to the podium and talked about his father's remarkable coaching tenure in Philadelphia.
March 12, 2014
The Flyers will unveil an eight-foot tall, 1,300-pound bronze statue of the late Fred Shero on Saturday at Xfinity Live at 11 a.m. The ceremony, which will take place in front of the Spectrum Grill, is free and open to the public. The Flyers host the Penguins Saturday at 1 p.m. Shero coached the Flyers to Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975, and he was inducted into hockey's Hall of Fame in November. - Sam Carchidi
November 13, 2013 |
TORONTO - Ray Shero, accepting the Hall of Fame honor Monday night on behalf of his father, the late Fred Shero, recited the famous words the Flyers coach scribbled on the blackboard during the 1974 Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins: "Win today and we walk together forever. " "Thirty-nine years later, it's safe to say that not only has that team not broken a bond to this day, but the city of Philadelphia still has a love affair with a bunch of feisty Canadian kids," said Shero, now the highly respected Pittsburgh Penguins general manager.