May 28, 2010 |
The 1974 and '75 Flyers won back-to-back Stanley Cups and captivated the city. The Broad Street Bullies will live forever in Philadelphia, much as coach Fred Shero promised the players that if they won the deciding Game 6 over Boston in '74, they would walk together forever. Given the remarkable way this season's Flyers have advanced to the finals, the Daily News asked members of the 1974-75 teams to talk about their counterparts. On this page, owner Ed Snider talks about how he has changed, his champions and the team he hopes will join them in Philadelphia sports lore.
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.
January 31, 2010 |
Based on e-mails, some fans took offense to this sentence that appeared in my game story in last Sunday's Inquirer: "For the second time in the last three games, Ian Laperriere energized the Flyers with a fight as he helped them outlast the lowly Carolina Hurricanes . . . " My message to the e-mailers, with all due respect, is to take the advice offered by the late, great Fred Shero many moons ago: "If it's pretty skating they want to see, let...
April 19, 2009 |
Fred Shero, who coached the Flyers to Stanley Cup championships in the 1970s, once scribbled this message on a blackboard for his players: Win today and we walk together forever. For John Stevens' Flyers, it could be: Win today or you'll be known as an underachieving team forever. It's not an ideal situation, but that's where the desperate Flyers stand, down by two games to none to Pittsburgh in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinals heading into today's 3 p.m. game at the Wachovia Center.
November 4, 2008 |
You don't have to be a descendant of Fred Shero to figure out what the Flyers need to do most: improve the defense. And, though it might seem strange, they are tinkering with the idea of adding one of the great offensive players in history, Brendan Shanahan, to reduce the number of goals they are allowing. Shanahan, 39, a free-agent winger with 680 career goals, had a lengthy discussion with Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren yesterday. Holmgren lauded Shanahan's efforts as a two-way player and said his defense would help the Flyers.
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.
August 15, 2008 |
Volatile as ever, John McEnroe was tossed yesterday from his opening-round match in the Hall of Fame Champions Cup in Newport, R.I., for a new kind of triple fault: cursing, arguing with the chair umpire, and making an obscene gesture at fans. He was hardly the guy who played up his mellow side in those TV commercials last year before the U.S. Open. "Historically, there have been more issues with John's matches than the other guys, but this was over the top," supervisor Jon Venison said.
May 15, 2008 |
In the salary-cap world of the NHL, patience is not a virtue. An up-and-coming team can be down and going in a blink when a general manager has to shed players to clear cap space on a bloated payroll. With free agency, players change teams like underwear. So when the Stanley Cup seems within reach, you go for it. Now. Penguins general manager Ray Shero, son of Fred Shero, the only coach ever to mold the Flyers into Stanley Cup champions, considers himself a patient man. But when he took the measure of the Eastern Conference and saw the opportunity to nudge his team to the top of it, he made a move that prompted a fair number of hockey people to wonder if he had momentarily lost hold of his senses.
May 9, 2008 |
Game 1 Tonight 7:30 NATIVE SONS Pittsburgh knows how to grow hockey players. Flyers center R.J. Umberger grew up in Plum Borough, Pa., 13 miles east of Pittsburgh, and was a Penguins fan as a youngster. He signed as a free agent with the Flyers in 2004. The Penguins? Ryan Malone grew up in the wealthy suburb of Upper St. Clair, 10 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, where he also attended high school. His father, Greg Malone, a center, won two Stanley Cups with the Penguins, in 1990-91 and 1991-92.
February 17, 2007 |
Phantoms forward Tony Voce was dismissed from the club this week by general manager Paul Holmgren after instigating a fight with coach Kjell Samuelsson following an argument at practice. "They had a disagreement on the ice over how the practice was going," Holmgren said yesterday. "Most of it was on the ice. Sammy tried to say, 'Hold on and I'll talk to you in my office' and it never got to that point. " Holmgren met with the 26-year-old left wing to discuss the matter and then sent him home.