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.
November 9, 2010 |
As Dino Ciccarelli, Jim Devellano, Cammi Granato, Angela James and Daryl Seaman became the latest to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last night in Toronto, an outcry begging for Pat Burns to be included bellowed across Canada. More than 71,000 people have signed a petition online, urging the Hall of Fame committee's 18 members to consider honoring Burns, the former NHL coach, before he loses his on-going battle with cancer. It really is a nice gesture. But with all due respect, Burns belongs in line behind a forgotten former Flyers coach, Fred Shero.
September 21, 2010
Penguins general manager Ray Shero , whose deft handling of the salary cap and midseason hiring of coach Dan Bylsma in 2008-09 helped Pittsburgh win its first Stanley Cup in 17 years, has agreed to a five-year contract extension that runs through the 2015-16 season. Shero's current five-year contract, signed at the start of the 2006-07 season, would have expired at the end of this season. The Penguins have twice played for the Stanley Cup and won it once under Shero, an assistant general manager in the NHL for 14 seasons before being hired by the Penguins.
June 23, 2010 |
The Flyers will have a favorable early-season schedule - nine of their first 13 games are at home - when they open defense of their Eastern Conference championship in 2010-11. It will be the Flyers' first full season under coach Peter Laviolette, who took over Dec. 4 and directed the team to within two wins of their first Stanley Cup since 1975. The team released its schedule Tuesday for its 44th season, and it includes one matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks, who defeated the Flyers, four games to two, in the Stanley Cup Finals.
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.
June 3, 2010 |
DEEP IN the orange belly of the beast, Broad Street Bully joined 20,000 fellow-diehards at the Wachovia Center last night, hoping to power our desperate Flyers to victory by shrieking our crazed heads off. A MAN & HIS CUP: Bully will never forget seeing Fritz Schoeninger, 58 - who has seen more than 1,000 Flyers games since 1967 and says that his hometown is "Flyerdelphia" - hoisting his homemade Stanley Cup seconds after the Flyers beat Montreal...
May 28, 2010 |
THIS CAN BE great for Jeff Carter. This Stanley Cup run can raise his star higher. It can enhance his versatility. It can prove his toughness. Bill Barber is holding his breath, hoping it all is so. "He's a great addition," Barber said. "I'm just hoping he can maintain this. " Barber loves the comparison between him and Carter. Yes, Carter is a purebred center, whereas Barber slid over to the left wing upon hitting the NHL, a move that helped pave his road to the Hall of Fame, winning those Cups in 1974 and '75 with the Broad Street Bullies en route.
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...