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 27, 2014 |
Second of two parts BOISBRIAND, Quebec - In NHL scouting circles, one of the phrases often kicked around is that an up-and-coming player needs to "find his chair. " The figure of speech originates from chairs in an orchestra, where key members are sprinkled around the room in different roles, ultimately working in unison to produce a harmony. In the hockey world, players sit in different chairs within an organization, expected to fulfill different roles in order to help the team win. Samuel Morin, the Flyers' intimidating first-round pick selected 11th overall last summer at the age of 17, is searching for his chair.
February 6, 2014 |
AFTER ESCORTING Bill Barber and Brian Propp to the 1982 NHL All-Star Game, Flyers director of team services Joe Kadlec returned to the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington and stopped at the bar for a drink. When Kadlec arrived at the lounge, he saw not one but two familiar faces singing on stage near the piano. The first one, singer and actress Gloria Loring - married to Alan Thicke at the time - was easily recognizable. The second one, his boss and Flyers general manager Keith Allen, was a little more surprising.
April 10, 2013 |
AMANDA KESSEL scored the winner early in the third period and the United States beat Canada, 3-2, in the gold-medal game of the women's world hockey championship on Tuesday in Ottawa. The sister of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel moved in on a two-on-one and roofed a shot over goalie Shannon Szabados at 3:09 of the third. Brianna Decker and Megan Bozek had the other goals for the U.S. team, which got two assists from Kendall Coyne . Courtney Birchard and Caroline Ouellette scored for Canada.
January 8, 2013 |
WHEN THE PUCK last dropped on a shortened season, on Jan. 21, 1995, at the Spectrum against the Quebec Nordiques, the 103-day NHL lockout ended up serving the Flyers well. During that 48-game season, the Flyers (28-16-4) won the Atlantic Division by a healthy eight-point margin over New Jersey and Washington. They advanced to the Eastern Conference finals (after not making the playoffs for five straight seasons) before bowing out to the Devils, who eventually swept Detroit for the Stanley Cup. There are a lot of comparisons that could be drawn from that 1995 team, given that we're likely to see a similar format and number of scheduled games, and that both versions of the Flyers featured MVP-caliber players ready for blastoff in Eric Lindros and Claude Giroux.
July 3, 2012 |
ZACH PARISE stood outside a nondescript office building in suburban Toronto on Monday and made an important announcement, with the entire hockey world — general managers, fans and fellow free agents alike — hanging on every word. Except, Parise's announcement wasn't much of an announcement at all. He needs more time to decide his future. Nearly everyone in said hockey world collectively grumbled. Parise's decision is the domino holding up nearly every other marginal free agent from signing.
May 19, 2012
Jesse Joensuu 's winning goal with nine seconds left lifted Finland past the United States, 3-2, on Thursday for a place in the semifinals of the hockey world championships in Helsinki. Joensuu opened the scoring at 13 minutes, 27 seconds in the second period, before the Anaheim Ducks' Kyle Palmieri scored 20 seconds later. Bobby Ryan added a goal for the U.S. early in the third period. The Minnesota Wild's Mikko Koivu tied it with 6:58 left in the third.
May 12, 2012
Justin Faulk of the Carolina Hurricanes scored four minutes into overtime for his second goal of the game Friday, sending the United States to a 3-2 win over Kazakstan at hockey's world championships in Helsinki. The U.S. improved to 3-1-1 in Group A. Also in Group A, Canada beat defending champion Finland, 5-3. TENNIS: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic was upset by fellow Serb Janko Tipsarevic , 7-6 (2), 6-3, in the Madrid Open quarterfinals, becoming the latest top seed to lose on the new blue-clay court.
January 3, 2012
THE FINAL electronic undressing of Flyers coach Peter Laviolette occurred in the hallway outside the home manager's office in Citizens Bank Park. One HBO technician began removing some kind of transmitter gizmo from its designated hiding place, presumably on Laviolette's belt. Then another guy came for the microphone, tangled a little in his clothing, that had recorded the coach's every word - three letters, four letters, more letters. Laviolette shared a laugh with them, then made sure to shake the hand of one of the camera guys lurking there outside of the rooms that Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and his coaches usually inhabit.
April 26, 2011
AFTER THE Flyers finished the 2006-2007 season with just 22 victories, many of us took a look at the free-agent pool and made our lists. Scott Gomez was a goal-scorer, a sizable body, a Stanley Cup winner for the Devils. Chris Drury? Who wouldn't want an Olympian, a Stanley Cup champion with Colorado, the heart and soul of an upstart Buffalo Sabres squad that reached the Eastern Conference finals that year? And then there was little Danny Briere, one of the stars in that Sabres run. Too small, wouldn't hold up for any lengthy contract, many said.