August 29, 2014 |
Thomas Poole, 55, of Moorestown, sports fields manager for Moorestown Township for 27 years and a former assistant chief of its volunteer fire department, died of pneumonia Sunday, Aug. 24, at Virtua Voorhees hospital. Mr. Poole grew up in Cherry Hill and graduated in 1977 from Cherry Hill High School East. Though the school did not have a hockey team, Mr. Poole "was an ice hockey player for years and years," his wife, Patricia, said. "He really enjoyed that" - even though in later years, she said, "it was old guys getting together at 4 o'clock in the morning," the only hour when a hockey rink would have time available.
August 8, 2014 |
Marian Brandt Hagan, 82 of Deptford, who was named to the hall of fame at Gloucester City Junior-Senior High School in 1995, died of congestive heart failure on Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Sicklerville home of her daughter, Marian Malinowski. Born in Gloucester City, Mrs. Hagan graduated in 1951 from Gloucester High, where she was a starting defensive left wing on the field hockey team for her final three years. "It's one of the harder positions because all the hockey sticks were right-handed," son Robert J. Jr. said.
August 2, 2014 |
Eliza Pentz picked up her first field hockey stick about the time that most children are learning to count by twos. The Radnor teenager was 6, and her mother had played the game before her. But not all potential youth athletes have field hockey in their DNA, so the sport's governing body is taking its own steps toward early recruitment. USA Field Hockey has started a national summer-camp program aimed at growing a sport that is played in the United States mostly by females - and that competes with overseas programs that train athletes who start swinging sticks at age 3. The organization hosted the inaugural sessions of the four-day camps at five sites on the East Coast this week, including Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School in Montgomery County.
July 6, 2014 |
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.
July 1, 2014 |
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.
June 27, 2014 |
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.
June 25, 2014 |
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.
June 25, 2014 |
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.
May 19, 2014 |
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.
April 24, 2014 |
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.