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.
September 29, 2014 |
By now, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, a 29-year-old rookie who signed as a free agent, had hoped to have opened eyes in the Flyers' training camp - and be close to nailing down the fourth-line center spot. But an undisclosed injury suffered early in camp has limited him to just one preseason game. Bellemare, who grew up in Paris and played the previous eight years in Sweden, rejoined the team at Saturday's practice in Voorhees and said he felt "pretty close" to being ready to return to the lineup.
September 18, 2014 |
AT ONE END of the ice, Flyers prospect Nick Cousins was flying around like a maniac, trying to decapitate Washington Capitals rookies. At the other end, 6-7 first-round pick Samuel Morin was trading blows in a first-period fight with pesky Capital Liam O'Brien. Another tussle broke out only 27 seconds later, much to the delight of the more than 1,000 fans who showed up yesterday for the annual rookie scrimmage in Voorhees, N.J. "It was a high-energy game," Phantoms assistant coach Riley Cote said.
September 16, 2014
C OLEMAN and Ilene Poses, of West Mount Airy, founded Chilly Philly Ice Cream in 1998. Coleman, 66, retired last month from research and information management in the city's Department of Behavioral Health. Ilene, 63, is a retired special-education teacher in the Philadelphia School District. I spoke with Coleman. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Chilly Philly? A: We came back from a vacation in 1995 and learned that Breyers had decided to leave the city. That upset me because I grew up close to their plant [in West Philadelphia]
September 11, 2014
Even though the Flyers' veteran camp doesn't start until Sept. 19, several of the players have already started skating and working out at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. "I got here yesterday and thought I'd be one of the first ones here," defenseman Andrew MacDonald said after skating Tuesday, "and it turns out I was one of the last ones. The boys are eager to get going. " The Flyers' rookie camp starts Friday in Voorhees, and Scott Laughton is among the numerous prospects who have also been skating at the team's practice facility in Voorhees.