June 13, 2016 |
Gordie Howe, the rough-and-tumble Canadian farm boy whose boundless blend of talent and toughness made him the NHL's quintessential star during a career that lasted into his 50s, died Friday. The man forever known as "Mr. Hockey" was 88. "We are celebrating the life of a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a friend to all," his family said in a statement sent by the Detroit Red Wings, Mr. Howe 's longtime team which also confirmed that Mr. Howe died in Sylvania, Ohio, at the home of Murray Howe.
April 22, 2016 |
OSTENSIBLY, it was a celebration of the life of Philadelphia sports and philanthropic icon Ed Snider, but toward the end of the program, Jay Snider, Ed's son, revealed some of the last words his father spoke to him in their last conversation before he passed on April 11 at age 83. "This is what he said, not just for me or the family," Jay Snider said. "He told me, and so I'll tell you. "Quote - the last sentence he ever spoke was, 'I can't thank the Flyers enough for everything they've given to me and my family.' " Perhaps the most amazing thing about the event at the Wells Fargo Center, which was attended by thousands, was the variety of people who spoke to memorialize the man referred to as "Mr. Snider," but whose great wish was for people simply to call him "Ed. " From hockey representatives such as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Flyers captain for life Bob Clarke to businessmen such as Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and former PRISM/Comcast SportsNet president Jack Williams to even Mayor Kenney, the list of speakers illustrated the many segments of Philadelphia society Snider impacted.
April 20, 2016 |
THE OFFICIAL tribute to Ed Snider before Monday night's Flyers-Caps first-round playoff series Game 3 was brief and understated, qualities that were rarely ascribed to the man himself. As the scenes from years gone by flickered past on the center-ice scoreboard, it was unsettling to reflect on how many of the people pictured along with the late Flyers owner also are alive only in memory now: Pat Quinn. Gene Hart. Joe Scott. Keith Allen. Gene's daughter Lauren Hart, sporting a "Snider 67" jersey that connoted the year the team was founded, did the God Bless America duet with Kate Smith, and the team wearing the "EMS" patches came out with more jump than it had shown in losing the first two games of the series, in Washington.
September 11, 2015 |
After a 12-year hiatus, the World Cup of Hockey will return next year, and it is expected to feature more than 150 NHL players, including several Flyers. The eight-team, two-week international tourney, a joint effort by the NHL and the league's players association, will be held just before the 2016-17 NHL season and will take place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The schedule was announced Wednesday, and the tournament could end as late as Oct. 1, 2016, about a week before the season starts.
February 6, 2015 |
FORMER FLYERS president Peter Luukko, who abruptly resigned 14 months ago, is moving south to join the NHL's Florida Panthers as an executive chairman, the Daily News learned yesterday. Seeking an executive with both a hockey and business acumen, the South Florida franchise was recommended to Luukko by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. His official title is still being determined, but Luukko is expected to work alongside current Panthers president and CEO Rory A. Babich. An announcement is expected to come today, the Miami Herald reported.
January 27, 2015 |
COLUMBUS - First he was in, then he was out, then he was in again. It was a rush of emotion for Flames forward and South Jersey native Johnny Gaudreau. But it culminated with the Carneys Point product appearing in his first NHL All-Star Game as an injury replacement for Sidney Crosby. His addition to the roster meant Gaudreau would reportedly pocket an extra $212,500, per performance-based bonuses on his entry-level contract. "It was really special for me," Gaudreau said.
December 5, 2014 |
MINNEAPOLIS - Flyers president Paul Holmgren joined the prestigious list of Lester Patrick Trophy winners last night at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony. The ceremony, led by ESPN's Steve Levy, honored 2014 Hall of Fame inductees Karyn Bye Dietz, Brian Rafalski, Jeff Sauer and Lou Vairo, and Lester Patrick Award winners Holmgren and Bill Daly. Nearly 500 people watched as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman paid tribute to the efforts of Holmgren and Daly and presented the trophies.
October 14, 2014 |
WHAT'S THE BEST WAY to bury embarrassing news in the hockey world? Send out a press release at 6:46 p.m. on a Friday, before a long, holiday weekend, that completely skirts the issues at hand. That's what the NHL attempted to do last week, with today being Thanksgiving in Canada, to complete their icky hiring of Chris Pronger in the Department of Player Safety. Conveniently, the press release failed to mention that Pronger is still on the Flyers' roster. Or that he is still owed another $5.15 million from the Flyers, payable through April 2017.
October 11, 2014 |
Even though Chris Pronger is still on the Flyers' payroll, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he wouldn't have a problem if the onetime defensive standout worked in the league's player-safety department. And that's apparently what happened Thursday night, when Pronger was hired, according to TSN, which also reported that he remained on the Flyers' long-term injured list, meaning the team would still get $4.9 million in salary-cap relief. The Flyers owe Pronger a total of $5.15 million for the final three years of his contract.