April 21, 2016 |
A 39-year-old police officer in Haverford Township died Sunday after a sudden illness, his department announced Tuesday. William Albertus, a seven-year veteran of the force, suffered a medical emergency April 10 while playing ice hockey in a police league, said Chief John Viola. Albertus, who was married with three young children, died of natural causes at Crozier-Chester Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized for a week, Viola said. "He was a great family man," Viola said.
April 9, 2016 |
They are twins marked by differences as well as similarities. Ryan Lauk is tall and rangy. He throws and bats from the right side. He's a pitcher in addition to a first baseman, and he threw a no-hitter in Clearview's season opener last Friday against Delsea. Eric Lauk is more compact than his younger-by-a-minute sibling. He says his brother got the height and arm strength, and he got the foot speed. He bats from the left side and patrols center field "from foul line to foul line," according to Clearview coach Rocco Cornacchia.
May 30, 2015 |
Burton Ailes Fleming, 89, of Chestnut Hill, a Philadelphia-area psychiatrist, died Monday, May 11, following surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Born in Reading, he graduated from Mercersburg Academy and the University of Virginia. Dr. Fleming earned a degree from Temple University School of Medicine and became board certified in psychiatry and neurology. He was a graduate of the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute. He spent time in the Air Force Medical Corps before setting up a private practice in Chestnut Hill.
May 3, 2015 |
Ask any mother, "How are you?" and you'll be met with the answer "Busy" or "Crazy busy. " Usually, there's a knowing nod and exchange of information regarding each mother's busy schedule. Like it's a motherhood competition. Each mother displays her feathers, that is, her glorious plate spinning. For example: "I just had my fourth baby and I am running the parent-teacher organization at school. " "My three kids attend three different schools and I work full-time. " "I take my son to ice hockey five mornings per week before school.
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.