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May 12, 2004
SANDY Burdsall writes that she has learned "to put up with" the Phillies, Eagles and Sixers getting news coverage before the Flyers. She must realize that those are real sports played by real athletes. Hockey is just something for Canadians to do during the winter. If not for the NHL, hockey players would be in some beer league playing softball. Joseph Hammell Lewisville, Texas
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March 30, 2002 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Audio webcasts of the three Pennsylvania Cup championship scholastic hockey games to be played today will be available by connecting to two Web sites, according to the Flyers. The Class A championship game between Flyers Cup champion Radnor and Penguins Cup champion Serra Catholic at noon can be heard on www.nsnsports.com. The Class AA championship game between Flyers Cup champion Archbishop Carroll and Penguins Cup champion Peters Township at 2:30 can be heard on www.wjpa.
NEWS
May 10, 1988
Hockey may still lack the necessary popular apppeal to get a network television contract, but the game between the Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils Sunday night had no trouble making the network news. This was thanks mainly to a complex low comedy that started with the alleged assault of an official by the Devils' coach. It eventually involved everyone from a New Jersey Superior Court judge to three hastily rounded-up game officials, who initially skated onto the ice in what appeared to be green-and-yellow clown suits.
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July 27, 2012
Olympic field hockey schedule At Olympic Park-Hockey Centre Sunday, July 29 Prelims (2 matches), 3:30 a.m. Prelims (2 matches), 8:45 a.m. Prelims (2 matches), 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 31 Prelims (2 matches), 3:30 a.m. Prelims (2 matches), 8:45 a.m. Prelims (2 matches), 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 Prelims (2 matches), 3:30 a.m. Prelims (2 matches), 8:45 a.m. Prelims (2 matches), 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 Women Prelims (2 matches), 3:30 a.m. Prelims (2 matches)
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March 13, 2000 | by Frank Dougherty, Daily News Staff Writer
Comly Auctioneers on Wednesday will handle a bankruptcy auction that will enrich the lives of hockey fans, on and off the ice. "This will be a sale of quantity and quality, the liquidation of all new equipment, obtained through a store now in bankruptcy," said Dan Comly Jr. "Some lots are so arranged to appeal to dealers, like bundles of sticks or helmets by the dozen," Comly said. "But other lots are small enough to attract the attention of individuals like parents, the non-dealer buyers.
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May 28, 2010 | By Gary Miles, Inquirer Staff Writer
Webster's defines superstition as "a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance or a false conception of causation. " That makes it sound as if superstitions are ridiculous rituals that we perform only because we don't know how else to affect events or other people. Balderdash! Is wearing the same underwear every time you play H-O-R-S-E silly just because you wore them the first time you shut out your fourth-grade son in the driveway?
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February 13, 1986 | By Gary Miles, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joe Paul played ice hockey in the Wintersports organization and for La Salle High School 17 years ago, but even all that did not quench his thirst for participation. So Paul, a resident of Warminster, decided to help the resurrected team at William Tennent High School by taking on the coaching job. "I've been involved with hockey since I was 8 years old," Paul said. "I like the opportunities that sports give the kids to compete and I love the sport of hockey itself. I'll do almost anything I can to help the kids.
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January 21, 2011 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Conor H. O'Kane, 19, of Haddon Heights, an ice hockey standout who played on the Bishop Eustace Preparatory School varsity team and the La Salle University club team, died after collapsing at his home Saturday, Jan. 15. Doctors have suggested that the cause of death was heart-related, family members said. A final determination is pending. In high school and college, Mr. O'Kane was the team jokester everyone loved. Before games and during practices, he would enter the locker room and turn on an exaggerated Canadian accent.
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February 10, 1990 | By Tim Panaccio, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dwight Maetche's first love may be lacrosse, but it's his second love that has enabled the Philadelphia Wings' goalie to be named "All-World" three times during his nine-year career in Canadian box lacrosse. "Hockey has done a lot for me," said Maetche. "I grew up in Edmonton. When the lacrosse season was over (in July), there wasn't much else to do but hockey. The puck moves faster, but it is actually less accurate than a lacrosse ball. " Maetche, 29, will start in the nets during tomorrow's 2 p.m. Spectrum matinee, when the Wings (2-0)
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December 18, 2011 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
As with football, the hitting of opponents - both legally and otherwise - is seen as being part of the game in ice hockey. So it comes as no surprise that players suffer concussions, as Flyers Claude Giroux, Chris Pronger, and Brayden Schenn have this season. But head-injury experts suspect that the true number of concussions is far greater than what is reported, both in hockey and other sports, both in professional and youth leagues. And in some respects, hockey players may be at greater risk than athletes in other sports, said Douglas H. Smith, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Brain Injury and Repair.
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July 6, 2014 | By Rachel Zamzow, Inquirer Staff Writer
David J. Baldwin, 50, of Northeast Philadelphia, former director of local advertising at The Inquirer, died Thursday, July 3, of colon cancer. "Everyone he met was a friend," said his wife, Joanne. "He would do anything for anybody. " Mr. Baldwin was passionate about his children and hockey. "My whole house is hockey, hockey, hockey," said Joanne Baldwin, whose family could always be found at a Flyers game. Mr. Baldwin didn't just attend games. He coached hockey at Archbishop Ryan High School in Philadelphia and served on the board of directors at the Parkwood Youth Organization, where he also coached soccer.
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July 1, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com Here is a peek inside the Flyers' 2014 draft: TRAVIS SANHEIM First round (17th overall) Position: Defense Height: 6-3 Weight: 181 Born: March 29, 1996 (18 years old) Birthplace: Elkhorn, Manitoba Team: Calgary (WHL) Stats: 2013-14: 67 GP, 5 G, 24 A, 29 pts, 14 PIM, plus-25. Notes: One calendar year ago, Sanheim wrapped up his season in Manitoba midget hockey, praying for a shot to make the Calgary Hitmen roster ... Finished ranked 53rd among North American-born skaters according to NHL Central Scouting ... Interviewed with all 30 NHL teams ... Ranked eighth overall by TSN analyst Craig Button, the Mel Kiper of NHL drafts ... Hometown of Elkhorn, Manitoba has a population of 461 ... Says he models his game after St.Louis defenseman Jay Bouwmeester ... Has a twin brother, Taylor, who plays junior hockey in Manitoba. Taylor Sanheim never sprouted past 5-10 ... Went from being a healthy scratch at the beginning of Calgary's season to Canada's top defenseman at the Under-18 World Championships in Finland. Sanheim says: "It's kind of crazy, the last year. I was playing midget hockey and not even thinking about the draft. I was just trying to crack the Calgary roster. Then I started to get my confidence. I started to see my name in the rankings and I felt good about myself, I knew I was doing stuff right." Ron Hextall says: "We feel we got the best player with the most upside. His path is one that is very intriguing. Player development coach Kjell Samuelsson might as well get a place in Calgary this year." Mike Moore says: "The Flyers are getting a guy who is taking off. He's very intelligent. He has terrific vision. He's very good in his own end. He finished high school by Christmas last season so he could focus on hockey - and you could see what that did for his second half of the year." - Moore is the Calgary Hitmen general manager. NICOLAS AUBE-KUBEL Second round (48th overall) Position: Right wing Height: 5-11 Weight: 190 Born: May 10, 1996 (18 years old) Birthplace: Sorel, Quebec Team: Val d'Or (QMJHL) Stats: 2012-13: 64 GP, 10 G, 17 A, 27 pts, 26 PIM, minus-4 2013-14: 65 GP 22 G, 31 A, 53 pts, 61 PIM, minus-1 Notes: Picked up 13 points in 24 playoff games, as Val d'Or represented the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in this year's Memorial Cup ... His agent is Phil Lecavalier, the brother of Flyers forward Vinny Lecavalier ... Said he had not spoken yet to Vinny Lecavalier about the Flyers ... Hails from Sorel, a suburb of Montreal ... His favorite movie is "Step Brothers" ... Says he patterns his game a little after Ottawa's Kyle Turris with his skating ability and size ... Plays primarily wing, but says he can also play center. Has played wing exclusively the last 4 years ... Finished ranked 40th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting after being ranked 45th at midpoint of the season. Aube-Kubel says: "When I put the jersey on, it was very special. To hear the screams in the stands, it was amazing. I know they draft some Quebec guys often. I know Philadelphia fans are loud. It was awesome just to hear them screaming for the Flyers when they made their pick. I have a good hockey sense, defensively, and my skating ability is really good. This year, I'll work hard at being better defensively and my consistency." Scout says: "He reminds me a little of Jason Pominville, only a little stronger at the same age. He's very involved and shoots the puck really well. He plays in all situations." - NHL Central Scouting's Chris Bordeleau. Chris Pryor says: "He's another guy that is probably a little bit under the radar because the big line there got a lot of the minutes. We're excited because I think next year we're going to see big things from him with the quality ice time that the big line got this year. He brings speed. He's a good hockey player. He plays both sides of the ice and he's competitive." - Flyers' director of scouting. MARK FRIEDMAN Third round (86th overall) Position: Defense Height: 5-11 Weight: 185 Born: Dec. 25, 1995 (18 years old) Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario Team: Waterloo (USHL) Stats: 2012-13: 64 GP, 8 G, 27 A, 35 pts, 44 PIM, plus-22 2013-14: 51 GP, 10 G, 30 A, 40 pts, 30 PIM, plus-22 Notes: Flyers scout Nick Pryor, who covers primarily the USHL, had a big impact on the Flyers targeting Friedman, who will attend Bowling Green State University in the fall ... Was originally supposed to enroll at Bowling Green before the 2013-14 season, but ended up back in Waterloo after a mix-up in class registration with the NCAA clearinghouse ... Ranked 124th among North American skaters in the final NHL Central Scouting rankings after coming in at 133rd on the midpoint list. Friedman says: "I'm a two-way defenseman. I can skate the puck, but I really rely on my defense more than my offense. I compare my game kind of to Johnny Oduya of the Chicago Blackhawks. I had a screw-up in my courses and I saw Waterloo had a few guys drafted, so I wanted to come back. I think it absolutely helped me. I didn't think I was mature enough as a person and a player and the extra year helped me out. To be drafted in Philly, by the Flyers, it's a dream come true." Pryor says: "He's a competitive, skilled defenseman. He's got some skill, he can run the power play, he's mobile and he competes. He's going to a good situation in Bowling Green where he will get a lot of ice time. He committed early and stuck with his commitment in Bowling Green." OSKAR LINDBLOM Fifth round (138th overall) Position: Winger Height: 6-1 Weight: 192 Born: Aug. 15, 1996 (17 years old) Birthplace: Gavle, Sweden Team: Brynas (Swedish Hockey League) Stats: 2013-14: (Swedish Elite League) 4 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 pts, 0 PIM, minus-2 2013-14: (Swedish Under 20) 43 GP, 13 G, 20 A, 33 pts, 28 PIM, plus-2 2014 Under 18 World Champs: 7 GP, 3 G, 3 A, 6 pts, 2 PIM, plus-5 Notes: After skating in four games with Brynas in the Swedish Elite League last season as a 17-year-old, Lindblom has already signed to play with the big club next season ... He was impressive in seven games at the Under-18 World Championships for Sweden, registering six points in seven games ... His father, Johan Lindblom, played professionally in Sweden ... Oskar Lindblom outscored his older brother, Marcus, on the same Brynas junior team last season ... Finished ranked 23rd among European skaters according to NHL Central Scouting. Gunderson says: "I would say he is a good pick for a late round. He has decent size. He can still fill out more. He seemed smart with the puck. He could be really good when he develops physically." - Ryan Gunderson, Philadelphia native, who was the leading scorer for Brynas in the Swedish Elite League last season and played four games with Lindblom. Gunderson has signed to play for Jokerit in Finland next season when they move to Russia's KHL. Scout says: "Lindblom is a powerful skater with a strong, two-way game. He isn't shy to do the dirty work and is a pain to move out in front from the net. He gets himself open to create offensive chances but isn't overly flashy." - FutureConsiderations.ca Pryor says: "If you would have looked at our projections late last summer, he could have been a late first or early second round pick. For whatever reason, it happens, he slipped a little this year. We were on him from Day 1. He's a big body. From the blue line in, he's really good. He could have easily been an early second pick. We didn't think he would be there when we picked him." RADEL FAZLEEV Sixth round (168th overall) Position: Left wing Height: 6-0 Weight: 178 Born: Jan. 7, 1996 (18 years ago) Birthplace: Kazan, Russia Team: Calgary (WHL) Stats: 2013-14: 38 GP, 5 G, 20 A, 25 pts, 12 PIM, plus-1 Notes: Suffered a broken wrist in Calgary in January that kept him out of the lineup until the start of the WHL playoffs ... Actually finished ahead of Flyers' third-round pick, Mark Friedman, in the final NHL Central Scouting rankings. He ranked 121st among North American skaters, Friedman ... This was Fazleev's first season in North America. He skated in Kazan in the Russian junior league prior to joining Calgary ... Represented Russia in the 2013 Under 18 Ivan Hlinka tournament. Pryor says: "One thing about Radel, he plays a North American game. I don't want to say that's atypical of a Russian style of game, but this guy plays both ends, a hard-working game. He got hurt this year so he was a little under the radar, but if you look at his playoff numbers, he had really good numbers. They're both on the upward trend. Right now, he's got a really good chance of making that Russian Under-20 world junior team next year." JESPER PETTERSSON Seventh round (198th overall) Position: Defense Height: 5-8 Weight: 187 Born: July 16, 1994 (19 years old) Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden Team: Linkoping (Swedish Hockey League) Stats: 2013-14: 48 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 pt, 30 PIM, minus-8 Notes: Lacking in size at just 5-8 ... Listed as a good two-way defenseman who likes to join the rush but doesn't have a hefty shot ... Helped Sweden capture a gold medal at the Under-18 World Championships. Pryor says: "He's a little bit of an older guy, he's been through the draft a couple times. We've seen a lot in the last couple years, scouting at tournaments. He's not an overly flashy guy, he just plays the game the right way. He's not big, but he's really thick. He's competitive. He's got a good stick, a good head for the game. He's a big leader with the Swedes. I don't know if you remember Freddy Meyer, but there are a lot of similarities. He's not real big but he's good on his feet and he's competitive."
Here is a peek inside the Flyers' 2014 draft: TRAVIS SANHEIM First round (17th overall) Position: Defense Height: 6-3 Weight: 181 Born: March 29, 1996 (18 years old) Birthplace: Elkhorn, Manitoba Team: Calgary (WHL) Stats: 2013-14: 67 GP, 5 G, 24 A, 29 pts, 14 PIM, plus-25. Notes: One calendar year ago, Sanheim wrapped up his season in Manitoba midget hockey, praying for a shot to make the Calgary Hitmen roster ... Finished ranked 53rd among North American-born skaters according to NHL Central Scouting ... Interviewed with all 30 NHL teams ... Ranked eighth overall by TSN analyst Craig Button, the Mel Kiper of NHL drafts ... Hometown of Elkhorn, Manitoba has a population of 461 ... Says he models his game after St.Louis defenseman Jay Bouwmeester ... Has a twin brother, Taylor, who plays junior hockey in Manitoba.
NEWS
June 27, 2014 | BY MATT NESTOR, Daily News Staff Writer nestorm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
ONTARIO native and painter Michael Slotwinski was never determined to be a professional hockey player, like the 17- and 18-year-old kids whose NHL careers will begin at tonight's NHL draft. But while Philadelphia hosts its first draft, it also will be the first American city to host Slotwinski's "Hockey's Masked Men" series, which pays homage to NHL goalies past and present. The 24-year-old artist started the series two years ago while he was a student at the University of Guelph, when he juxtaposed Maple Leafs icon Gerry Cheevers' old-school mask with the more modern mask worn by Hall of Fame-bound goalie Dominik Hasek.
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June 25, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia has become a big player on the national hockey stage. With the NHL draft at the Wells Fargo Center this weekend, it caps a four-year span in which the city has also hosted the Stanley Cup Finals, the Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park, and the NCAA's Frozen Four. In other words, Philly has come a long way since it held a parade to welcome an NHL expansion team in 1967 and about 25 people showed up. "It's obvious we are one of the top hockey cities in America," said Larry Needle, executive director of the Philadelphia Sports Congress, "and this is another in a long line of hockey events in the city.
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June 25, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
Second part in a series previewing the top prospects coming to Philadelphia for this week's NHL draft .   MAKING HIS way to Madison Square Garden in New York 2 weeks ago to take in his first-ever NHL game - and Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final, at that - Leon Draisaitl was surprised to see the number of Rangers shirts and hats lining the street. In his native Germany, the streets are filled with soccer paraphernalia. "It's all about soccer," Draisaitl said with a laugh.
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May 19, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
As he waited to be selected in the 1982 draft, a budding young goalie named Ron Hextall had particular disdain for one NHL team. The Flyers. Growing up and watching the Flyers try to intimidate his father and uncle - feisty NHL players during the Broad Street Bullies' heyday - Hextall did not have a warm and fuzzy feeling about the Orange and Black.   "I absolutely hated them," he said from his Voorhees office last week, five days after he got what he called his "dream job" - becoming the seventh general manager in Flyers history.
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April 24, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman addressed several issues - including goalie fights, shootouts, and the new playoff format - during a news conference at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night before the Flyers faced the New York Rangers. Bettman also said his "ballpark guess" is that the 2014-15 salary cap will rise to between $69 million and $70 million - it is now at $64.3 million - and he talked about the NHL draft, which will be at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27 and 28. "Philadelphia, from the outset, has always been a terrific hockey town," he said, mentioning the area's strong youth programs.
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April 13, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Top-flight college hockey doesn't exist in the Philadelphia area. Yet, the new award presented to the NCAA's top goaltender is named for a Montgomery County native, one whose geographical disadvantage was overcome by a will as unyielding as his glove hand. Mike Richter, back in Philadelphia on Friday to present the first Mike Richter Award to UMass Lowell goalie Connor Hellebuyck on a Frozen Four off-day, was as much a hockey anomaly as his Flourtown roots. He preferred orange juice and vegetables to beer and sandwiches.
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April 11, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Oddity is commonplace at Union College. The tiny liberal-arts school in Schenectady, N.Y., has a bizarre motto - "We All Become Brothers Under the Laws of Minerva. " Its campus contains one of the world's only 16-sided buildings. And it has had not one but two presidents with the first name Eliphalet. So no one should be shocked if, odd as it sounds, this college of 2,100 students, with no athletic scholarships and a sports budget comparable to what its three Frozen Four rivals spend on hockey alone, departs Philadelphia this weekend as the 2014 NCAA men's ice hockey champion.
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April 7, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
This Friday, when the Hobey Baker Award is presented to 2014's top NCAA hockey player, the ceremony at the Loews Hotel in Center City should be more poignant than usual. For a first time, it will happen in the hometown and final resting place of the award's namesake, an early 20th-century hero whose astonishing legend spanned sports, war, and literature. Hobart Amory Hare Baker was a flesh-and-blood Philadelphia Main Liner whose accomplishments were as fantastic as any in fiction.
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