January 16, 2014 |
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?
December 13, 2013 |
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.
December 5, 2013 |
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.
November 25, 2013 |
THE LONG HAIR may be gone, but the head underneath it appears unscathed. Scott Hartnell is still Scott Hartnell, thankfully, so sometimes the answer that comes out needs a double take or two, like the philosophies of Tigger in Winnie The Pooh. Such as this, when explaining yesterday his inability to put the puck past the goaltender for the first month of the season: "There are times things are bouncing your way and times that things are not bouncing your way," Hartnell said after Flyers practice at SkateZone in Voorhees.
November 24, 2013
Re: New-look Flyers (Nov. 22): Knew there was no way they were as bad as they had been playing earlier. There's a lot of talent on this team (something these guys had proven in the not so distant past). Hockey is about confidence and chemistry. Looks like they're plenty confident, and rolling 4 lines that click well together. No reason to think this team can't go deep into the playoffs, especially with the solid goaltending they're getting. vvvmetallicavvv, Philly.com
November 24, 2013 |
The Inquirer's All-Southeastern Pennsylvania field hockey first team: Attack / Player of the Year Moira Putsch, Notre Dame The senior standout offensive threat for the Pennsylvania Independent Schools champion, Putsch surely isn't just the best player in the area - she also is one of the best high school players in the country. Often facing double and triple teams, Putsch scored 54 goals and had 29 assists this season, accounting for almost two-thirds of Notre Dame's 135 goals.
November 22, 2013 |
THEIR ANCESTORS helped develop the game centuries ago. There have been Indians in the NHL for 60 years. But not until today will two Natives meet as head coaches in the NHL. They are First Nations men, to be precise; that is the correct nomenclature in Canada. Sabres coach Ted Nolan is an Ojibwe from Ontario. Flyers coach Craig Berube is part Cree, and from Alberta. "It's huge," Nolan said upon his arrival in Philadelphia yesterday. "The significance of it is not really what it means to me, or Craig Berube, but what it means when you think of what our ancestors went through.
November 15, 2013 |
If Gina Buggy had her way, a goal in the Episcopal Academy field hockey scorebook would be recorded something like this: "Goalie save, defender clear, across midfield, assist, goal. " A scoring play for her Churchwomen, she said, typically begins on the other end of the field. "When you call scoring, you give the direct assist, but I think for our team we recognize where that run started," said Buggy, the 28th-year Episcopal coach. "It's the defender who stepped up, cleared the ball, got it to [midfield]
November 12, 2013 |
TORONTO - It was early in the morning on Aug. 9, 1988 - usually a quiet time in the hockey world. Not so for Jay Greenberg, then the Daily News ' Flyers beat writer. Greenberg was one of the few sports writers in the world to sniff out "The Trade," which sent the greatest hockey player ever from Edmonton to Los Angeles. In fact, with the help of sources, Greenberg nearly nailed the exact specifications of the deal in that day's paper, hours before it was even consummated.
November 10, 2013 |
Five area field hockey schools will compete Saturday in the PIAA state quarterfinals, a collection of the best teams in the state. However, for four area teams, the competition will come from within Southeastern Pennsylvania. Gwynedd Mercy, the No. 3 seed from District 1, will face Archbishop Carroll, the top seed from District 12, in a local matchup in the Class AA bracket at noon at Wissahickon. Two other area teams - West Chester Henderson (No. 1 seed, District 1) and Hatboro-Horsham (No. 4)