November 2, 1990 |
Bob Clarke was in the center ring of the media circus last night, making his first official visit to the Spectrum since April 16, the afternoon he met with Flyers president Jay Snider and found he was being fired as general manager. The new Minnesota GM looked comfortable with a gold North Stars pin glittering in one lapel and a chaw of tobacco tucked in his cheek - when the minicams were turned off, of course. Clarke said he knew he'd be the featured attraction and really didn't mind.
January 30, 1992 |
Terry Crisp doesn't even attempt to keep his emotions under wraps. Never has. Probably never will. It's simply not his style. So when defenseman Gord Hynes scored a huge goal with a minute remaining in the third period to lift the Canadian national team into a 5-5 tie with Team USA in an Olympic Games prep, Crisp marched behind the home team's bench, conking heads together and slapping backs. Crisp couldn't have been more excited if he'd scored the goal himself. It would be hard to find a man happier to be back behind a hockey bench.
April 17, 1990 |
When he arrived here in 1969, a wide-eyed second-round draft pick from Western Canada, he wasn't even sure he would last through a Flyers training camp. But Bobby Clarke not only made the Flyers, he made them champions. Clarke's indomitable spirit and drive guided a youthful franchise to two Stanley Cups in the mid-1970s, in the process turning him into one of Philadelphia's sports legends. A city unfamiliar with hockey soon grew to admire the fierce passion with which Clarke and the Flyers played.
August 23, 1987 |
The careers of the Philadelphia Flyers who played during the Stanley Cup years of 1974 and 1975 are over, but the applause has not faded, and the players' desire to help others has not subsided. Those Flyers of the glory years remain active in the community, as evidenced by their fund-raising efforts in area benefit softball games. It is difficult to discern who gets more pleasure from the charitable events, the former Flyers or the beneficiaries. "We started playing these benefits in the early 70s when Fred Shero was coaching us," said former Flyers goalie and current broadcaster Bob Taylor, who resides in Medford.
October 8, 2008 |
"Win today and we'll walk together forever. " - Written on a blackboard by Flyers coach Fred Shero before the 1974 Stanley Cup final. They walked together onto the Spectrum ice - site of their dramatic Stanley Cup championship 34 years ago - for one last time last night. Bernie, Clarkie and Moose. Big Bird, Hound and Hammer. Dorny, Reggie the Rifle and Little "O. " And many, many others. This was the house where a blue-collar, pugnacious group of shaggy-haired players - the Broad Street Bullies, the Bulletin's Jack Chevalier labeled them - triggered parades that drew more than 2 million people in 1974 and again in 1975 after they won Cups and became a part of the city's sports lore.
November 13, 2011 |
SUNRISE, Fla. - Fifteen games into the season, Team Makeover has more pluses than minuses, more reasons to believe they are on the right track. The Flyers have had to overcome a slew of injuries - most notably to captain Chris Pronger - and an uneven beginning to goalie Ilya Bryzgalov's tenure here. They haven't been as efficient as their hated intrastate rivals - the Dan Bylsma-coached Penguins haven't skipped a beat despite their own injury woes - but they have managed to get points in 11 of 15 games.
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.
June 9, 2010
DON'T FRET about those "Broad Street Bullies," that rowdy gang of Flyers who won it all, back-to-back. They will continue to walk together forever, because the mystical coach promised them that. And because they are beloved for who they were and what they accomplished. If the current Flyers rally to win the Stanley Cup, they will walk right alongside them for who they are and the way they spit in the eye of adversity. Just don't ask the current bunch to brawl their way to a championship.
May 16, 2010 |
The other day, as the Flyers were preparing to leave for their epic Game 7 in Boston, the subject of Fred Shero's legendary blackboard scrawl, "Win today and we walk together forever," came up. Peter Laviolette, trying to become the first Flyers coach since Shero to hoist the Stanley Cup, smiled slyly. This was a big game, but a little perspective was in order. "Win tonight and we're halfway there," he said. "I really don't think that's going to get them going. " In a way, what the Flyers did against the Bruins was more remarkable than winning a championship.
November 4, 2011 |
AS A PROGNOSTICATOR, Chuck Newman made a great sportswriter. The occasion was the dramatic run-up to the Flyers' stunning first Stanley Cup win in 1974. Chuck had confidently picked the New York Rangers in the semifinals and the Boston Bruins for the Cup. The Flyers beat the Rangers in seven games and then the Bruins, despite the presence of the immortal Bobby Orr, in six to take the Cup. "Even the bookies won't handle my action anymore," Chuck wrote in his column in the Inquirer.