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February 13, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOCHI - Someone obviously told this U.S. men's hockey team the story of their 1998 predecessors, the Monsters Who Destroyed Japan. That veteran-laden American team, the night of its elimination at Nagano, trashed some Olympic Village rooms. Unidentified players smashed chairs, spewed the foamy contents of two fire extinguishers over a few apartments and heaved a third from a fifth-floor window. They left Japan in disgrace, their vandalism having embarrassed their country more thoroughly than their medal-less performance.
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February 13, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOCHI - It was 1:20 p.m. Tuesday when, through a side door to the Main Media Center's vast Pushkin Hall, the red-and-white parade of Russia's hockey team commenced. Though they were 20 minutes late for a 1 p.m. news conference, and though the people who filled the aisles and most of the 465 seats ostensibly were journalists, the sighting triggered an excited eruption of cheers and flashes. Two young, blond Russian women were so moved by this up-close glimpse that they leaped to their feet, squealed, embraced, and hopped like snow bunnies.
NEWS
February 13, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
JASON WENTZELL, who has been a Philadelphia police officer for 17 years, grew up playing roller hockey at the Fishtown Rec Rink and firmly believes it saved his life. "There's two paths to go down in this neighborhood," the lifelong Fishtowner said. "As a kid, I hung around with a rough crowd. Some of them went one way. A lot of them went the other way. "I lived two, three blocks away from the rink," Wentzell continued. "As soon as school was out, we'd go right over there. I was a lot better off playing hockey than hanging on the street corner.
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February 10, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOCHI - It sure didn't feel like an Olympic women's hockey game, not with temperatures outside Shayba Arena in the mid-50s and a soft Black Sea breeze bending rows of nearby palm trees. And it sure didn't look like an Olympic women's hockey game, not with the building less than half-filled and three Finnish cheerleaders shaking their pom-poms in the aisles. But the U.S. women's 3-1 triumph over Finland on Saturday afternoon was indeed an Olympic hockey game, and, for the Americans at least, a surprisingly significant one. The solid victory over one of the top four teams here validated their unusual decision to skip Friday night's opening ceremonies in order to focus and rest for the noon game.
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February 10, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - While the NHL has been criticized in some quarters for shutting down its season while the Olympic hockey tournament takes place in Sochi, Russia, the enthusiasm of the participants can't be emphasized enough. Take Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, for example. There is no bigger name in the sport. The NHL superstar certainly boosted his international profile by scoring the game-winning goal during Canada's 3-2 overtime win against the United States during the 2010 Olympic gold-medal game in Vancouver.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
The Center for Autism presents its second annual Winter Classic Charity Hockey Game on Saturday featuring Flyers alumni going up against the Center for Autism Puzzlers. The Phillie Phanatic will drop the puck at 8 p.m. at the IceWorks Skating Complex in Aston. Doors open at 7:30. Attendees can also participate in a silent auction of tickets and memorabilia. Postgame, Flyers alumni will be available for photo ops and autographs. Other activities include a 50/50 Raffle and Chuck-a-Puck Contest.
SPORTS
February 7, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
FLYERS CHAIRMAN Ed Snider came down to talk to reporters after the game. He came to say a few kind words about the late Keith Allen, the architect of all of the franchise's early successes, words to accompany the nice tribute that the team staged before the game for Allen, who died Tuesday at the age of 90. Then Ed stayed around to chat. And it was like the old days. The target this night was the Olympics, and pretty much everything touched by those five interlocking rings.
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January 16, 2014 | By Stan Hochman, Daily News Staff Writer
GORDIE HOWE'S son made the U.S. Olympic hockey team in 1972, because he was young and tough and smart and not just because he was Gordie Howe's son. USA won the silver medal. Gordie Howe's son was 16. Youngest guy to ever win an Olympic hockey medal. Still is. You remember Gordie Howe, fierce competitor, Mr. Hockey, Hall of Famer? Scored all those goals after he created space for himself, with his fists, with his elbows, with both ends of his stick. His fatherly advice on how to deal with a mouthy, clutch-and-grab pest?
SPORTS
December 13, 2013 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
HE KNEW THIS would be the toughest part. When Paul Holmgren called Danny Briere into his office last summer for the meeting both realized was inevitable, the popular center knew he would have to find a new team and a new town, and he knew that meant leaving the three boys who so sustained his spirit through times triumphant and trying over his six seasons with the Flyers. So yesterday, as reporters peppered him with shots about pending emotions playing against his old team in his old town, the only time his voice seemed to wilt was when he spoke about sleeping in his own bed the night before, and about having the boys with him for at least one night of what may be, just 22 games into it, the most trying season of a career that began just before the first one was born.
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December 5, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Is there another college sport in which one area provides as much talent as the Philadelphia suburbs routinely offer up in field hockey? The National Field Hockey Coaches Association player of the year award, a relatively new honor, was announced Tuesday, and it went to Connecticut's Marie Elena Bolles, a star of the Huskies' run to the NCAA championship. As usual - as always, in fact - the association's top award went to a woman from the local suburbs. Bolles is from Phoenixville, a Villa Maria Academy graduate.
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