December 27, 2014 |
Ten years after the sudden death of one of his hockey players, longtime Cherokee High coach Scott McKay still gets emotional when he talks about Jeff Burd. Burd, McKay said, was a "coach's dream" because of his work ethic and the way he treated people. When Burd's father, Pete, attends a Cherokee game now, the Chiefs players skate next to him by the boards and tap their sticks against the glass at intermission, a sign of respect for him and his son. "I have to look away," McKay said last week, "because I get too choked up. " Tragically, Burd, 16, died in 2004 of meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
December 15, 2014 |
So who are the 2014-15 Flyers, anyway? Come to think of it, that's one of their many problems: They don't have an identity. They aren't an offensively explosive team like Tampa Bay or Toronto. They don't play suffocating, in-your-face defense like Los Angeles or Chicago. They aren't speedy like the Rangers or Montreal, and they don't play a physical, hard-on-the-puck game like Boston or Columbus. What they are is nondescript. When last season started and Peter Laviolette was still the coach, the Flyers were known as a hell-bent, attacking team - which, besides a five-year, $22.5 million contract, was one of the reasons Vinny Lecavalier came here.
November 30, 2014 |
Jackson Davis smiled and nodded in delight in response to his mother's question. "Do you like to go fast?" Kristine Davis had asked her 4-year-old son as he prepared to enter the Pennsauken ice rink Friday afternoon. The young boy's parents secured a black hockey helmet to his head before putting him on the Winterfest Ice Skating Rink at Cooper River Park. Before long, his small skates were kicking atop the ice as his father, Bryan, trailed behind in supervision. "He does better than me," Kristine Davis, 40, of Oaklyn, said of her son, who takes weekly skating lessons.
November 29, 2014 |
Antarctica: A Year on Ice isn't a nature documentary, though it does contain some wonderful panoramic time-lapse footage of the frozen continent. This labor of love from Anthony Powell (producer, director, writer, cinematographer) is more of a work diary, tracing the extreme ebbs and flows of staff living and toiling at McMurdo Station, Antarctica's largest research facility, over the course of a year. During the summer, which begins in October, upward of 5,000 people fly into the polar region to staff the roughly 30 international outposts.
November 21, 2014 |
MIKAEL RENBERG stepped onto the ice and the "Legion of Doom" was together once more for the first time since 1997. The thing is, Renberg wasn't planning on being in South Philadelphia last night. He received the Flyers' invitation for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony for linemates Eric Lindros and John LeClair and decided he couldn't make it. Like scores of other teammates and close friends, Renberg was busy. Living in his native Sweden, Renberg has two children, a job as a broadcaster on Swedish TV and is closing in on finishing a professional degree to become a physical therapist.
November 12, 2014 |
KHALIL ROANE should never have to carry another book through the halls of Ss. Neumann-Goretti High. His hands should be unencumbered, free to flip through his phone, look up stats and maybe even watch some game film. That's because the 5-8, 185-pound junior running back leads the city in carries. In the last two games alone, Roane has rushed 70 times (39 and 31, respectively). Oh, and he also plays outside linebacker. So, double-dipping must be tough, right? "It's not really hard," Roane said.
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.
October 17, 2014 |
IT MAY seem Dilworth Park just opened. The fountains are spouting, the Center City District is on guard to stop any rabble-rousers and the flowers are still in bloom from the park ribbon-cutting. But soon, those bubbling fountains will be frozen over to become a winter ice-skating rink. The new 11,600-square-foot Rothman Institute Ice Rink on the west flank of City Hall will open Nov. 14. "We are delighted that residents from across the region, as well as workers and visitors who have been enjoying the many amenities at the new Dilworth Park, will be able to have such a great attraction when the weather turns cold," CCD president Paul Levy said in a news release.
October 17, 2014 |
While it seemed hardly the weather Wednesday to be thinking of winter sports, ice skating is coming in just weeks to Dilworth Park, the city's revamped public square west of City Hall. The new Rothman Institute Ice Rink will open there Nov. 14, said Paul R. Levy, president and chief executive officer of the Center City District. The rink will be open seven days a week through Feb. 22. It will be managed by Rink Management Services Corp. (RMSC) of Mechanicsville, Va., which was selected after competitively bidding for the contract, Levy said.
October 16, 2014 |
WHEN THE horn blew at the end of regulation on Saturday night and the Zambonis rolled onto the ice, there had to be an audible sigh of relief from the Flyers' bench. On the other side, the Canadiens had to groan at one of the NHL's new wrinkles for this season: a dry scrape of the whole ice surface by both Zambonis to scoop up loose snow. Coupled with the teams changing sides for overtime, forcing both to be at the disadvantage of a long line change, the dry scrape was put into place to create a faster surface of play and theoretically produce more scoring.