February 28, 2015 |
Gabe Polsky's Red Army is a documentary about hockey - call it a hockumentary, or a puckumentary, if you must. (I must, apparently.) But this madly entertaining account of the Soviets' historic domination of the game - repeatedly winning Olympic gold, then famously losing it to the upstart Americans at the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid - is much more than a sports movie. It's about Cold War politics, about national pride, about how we affix our hopes and dreams to athletes and athletic competitions, how we identify with sports and sports identifies us. It is about one charismatic Russian, Vyacheslav Fetisov, whose skating and shooting - and diplomatic - skills have proved remarkable.
January 16, 2015 |
REMEMBER the old commercials with multisport star Bo Jackson clad in different types of athletic equipment? Well, before Chris Clover starred on the basketball court for St. Joseph's Prep, you could find him in football pads or fiddling a lacrosse stick or perhaps even on ice skates. In fact, the West Philadelphia resident took up ice hockey at about age 10 at The Laura Sims Skate House, gliding effortlessly as he perfected his stick work. Well, not exactly. "I mean, at first it was kind of bad, because the skates weren't really that sharp, and I kept falling and getting up," Clover said yesterday after Prep routed visiting Bishop McDevitt, 75-42.
November 2, 2014 |
The Rowan University ice hockey team arrived at 6:30 a.m. for conditioning. While most students slept, the athletes did suicide sprints, lunges, and push-ups during an hour-long workout in the Rowan recreation center just over a week ago. It was a scene similar to any NCAA team workout, except this wasn't an NCAA team. Ice hockey is a club sport at Rowan, but don't tell that these players. "I don't think it should be classified as a club sport," said Alec Nicolai, a junior right wing.
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.
April 11, 2014 |
NICK MATTSON'S first memory of one of college hockey's greatest rivalries dates to when he was in fourth or fifth grade. Minnesota defenseman Keith Ballard pulled a North Dakota player's jersey over his head, skated up the ice and banged in a rebound to win the game. Raised in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen, Mattson was a Minnesota fan back then. As were - and are - all of his friends. But a few years later, a trip to the Golden Gophers' Mariucci Arena to see a game featuring UND's Jonathan Toews and T.J. Oshie started to change that.
February 13, 2014 |
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.
October 26, 2013 |
James H. McFarlane liked playing ice hockey far more than he liked sitting in a classroom. Mr. McFarlane had four offers of "scholarships for playing ice hockey for colleges," his wife, Jeannette, said. He accepted none. "He ended up playing for a farm team to the New York Rangers," she said. On Tuesday, Oct. 22, Mr. McFarlane, 84, a resident of Mount Laurel for 23 years who retired in 1984 as senior vice president of sales for Cunard Line Ltd. in New York City, died of pneumonia at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
April 12, 2013 |
MATT MANDES is experiencing one of those go-figure springs. He played some shaky baseball when the weather was cold, then emerged as the ultimate hero on an early April day with outrageously warm temperatures. The 5-9, 175-pound Mandes, a junior and lefty swinger, serves Archbishop Wood High as the second baseman and leadoff hitter. His other sport - and he's the only diamond Viking who plays this - is ice hockey, and this past winter, skating at center, he finished second on the team in scoring.
March 7, 2013
Ice Hockey FLYERS CUP CLASS A West Chester East 3, Downingtown West 2 (OT) West Chester Rustin 5, Moorestown 1 FLYERS CUP CLASS AA Wilson 3, Souderton 1 Parkland 3, Abington 1 Ice Hockey FLYERS CUP CLASS A NONLEAGUE Garnet Valley vs. Upper Moreland at Warwick Ice Arena, 8:30 Unionville vs. Archbishop Wood at Bucks County Ice Rink, 8:30 FLYERS CUP CLASS AA Central Bucks East vs. Central Bucks South at...
January 18, 2013 |
Penn State, competing in men's ice hockey at a major-college level for the first time in 66 years, makes its debut at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night against Vermont in the inaugural Philadelphia College Hockey Faceoff. Faceoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. The start time was pushed back one hour because of the Flyers' NHL season opener in the afternoon against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Nittany Lions (8-12-0), who last played Division I hockey in the 1946-47 season, are competing as an independent this season and will begin play in the Big Ten next season.