July 11, 2013
A Winnipeg native, Fred Shero played parts of three seasons in the NHL as a defenseman with the New York Rangers, registering 20 points and 137 penalty minutes in 145 career games. He spent 13 years coaching in the minors before being hired by the Flyers in 1971. Shero coached the Flyers for seven seasons (1971-72 through 1977-78), compiling a 308-151-95 regular-season record and a 48-35 playoff mark. He is the club's all-time leader in seasons coached, games coached (554)
July 11, 2013 |
ON THE DAY he was inducted into the Flyers' Hall of Fame in 1990, Fred Shero was approached by one of his former players. "It's great to have you back, Freddie," Shero's son, Ray Shero, recounted the conversation. "My dad replied, 'Yeah, to be in the Flyers' Hall of Fame means a lot. Maybe one day, I'll be in the big one.' " Fred Shero passed away just 8 months later at the age of 65. Some 23 years later, "The Fog" has been lifted. Turns out, the Hockey Hall of Fame does have room for one of the game's great innovators.
December 5, 2010 |
In the season's first two months, the Flyers' power play has been either off-the-charts good or hard-to-fathom bad. It needs to develop some consistency or the regular season is going to be another roller-coaster ride. Or, as the late, great Gene Hart was fond of saying during a game's final minutes: "Fasten your seat belts, folks. " It may sound simplistic, but as the power play goes, so go the Flyers. The numbers, heading into Saturday, don't lie: In their 15 wins, the Flyers' power play was 17 for 70, a 24.3 percent success rate.
June 10, 2010
IN THE END, the ice was littered with the sticks and gloves of the celebrating Chicago Blackhawks, but littered also with the Flyers' dreams. They were entitled to those dreams, too. They had earned them through 8 thrilling weeks of hell. But there they were, those dreams, ready to be swept up with the trash. And Chris Pronger said, "I don't think this will set in for a while. " Thirty-five years. It is hard to believe sometimes that it has been that long since the Flyers hoisted the Stanley Cup. They just pushed us all to the brink with a playoff run that none of us will soon forget.
June 6, 2010
The Pennsylvania Plan The Flyers are following the script written last year by their hated rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins. They hope it has the same ending. The Penguins made an in-season coaching change last year and had to huff and puff to make the playoffs. Sound familiar? Yep, the same path taken by this year's Flyers. There are more similarities. Like Penguins captain Sidney Crosby last year, Flyers captain Mike Richards scoffed at a superstition by touching the Prince of Wales Trophy, awarded to the East champs.
June 4, 2010
A record 20,291 people heard "God Bless America" performed before Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday night. Lauren Hart wasn't one of them. The angel-voiced singer had to look up to the big screen and read Kate Smith's lips in order to keep their otherworldly duet in sync. That's how loud the crowd's roar was when Hart joined with the video image of the late great Kate for the finale of the Flyers' lucky song. "It has never been this loud," Hart said Thursday afternoon.
June 2, 2010 |
AT NEARLY every home game for at least a decade, Lauren Hart has given the Flyers and their fans exactly what her father, legendary sportscaster Gene Hart, gave them for nearly 30 years - her voice. But tonight, Hart, who will sing the national anthem for the first time at a Stanley Cup Finals game, is also looking forward to being just one voice in a swelling sea of many. "I can't imagine what it will feel like in that building," she said. "I know our fans and we won't do anything less than blow the roof off that stadium.
May 27, 2010 |
I'M BROAD STREET Bully, inviting all orange-blooded diehards to keep our Stanley Cup spirit going strong by e-mailing your Flyered-up family stories/photos to: Lifelong diehards Lorraine and Al Eschert, both 44, of Harrowgate, did such a great job passing on their Flyers love to sons Albert, 24, and Christopher, 22, that Albert's recent wedding in the Philadelphia Protestant Home chapel was totally Flyered up. At the rehearsal, all the...
April 19, 2009 |
There is a palpable rhythm to a baseball game, a leisurely, languorous, measured pace that builds to a peak, then subsides, then repeats, like the slow certainty of the tides. Its narrative is best served up by a rich, burnished baritone, a voice that evokes Moroccan leather, say, or polished mahogany, a voice that understands this is a game for the long run, not one to be force-fed to the audience but rather allowed to develop on its own, a voice attuned to a sedate unfolding, a voice that understands when to get out of the way and when to step center stage.
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.