January 20, 2015 |
Three people died and dozens were injured Sunday - in big multicar crashes and countless smaller accidents - as rain splashing onto frozen asphalt coated highways with a thin, dangerous layer of ice. One wreck on Interstate 76 involved 60 cars and trucks. Another, on I-476 in Marple Township, smashed up a dozen vehicles after a tractor-trailer jackknifed. Hospitals across the region were busy treating people injured in wrecks - and pedestrians who broke bones when they fell on icy sidewalks.
January 16, 2015 |
ROOKIE SCOTT Laughton was held out of last night's matchup with Vancouver after he was railroaded by Washington's Matt Niskanen on Wednesday night. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall officially deemed Laughton "day-to-day" with an "upper-body" injury, with signs pointing to a concussion. He was replaced by Zac Rinaldo in the lineup. Hextall said after Wednesday's game in Washington that he had no real timeline for Laughton to return. Laughton, 20, undeniably had his bell rung when Niskanen's textbook shoulder-to-chest blow popped off his helmet and sent him crashing to the ice. He leaves a large hole in the Flyers' lineup after centering the team's second line for much of the last month, even though his numbers weren't gaudy: two goals and four assists in 27 games.
January 9, 2015 |
Claude Giroux said he didn't think about the "little details" that might distract him during the shootout win Tuesday over the Ottawa Senators. "The first few shifts were harder than usual. After that, the adrenaline kind of takes over," Giroux said Wednesday. "You just think about what you have to do on the ice and play the game. " The little details that might have bothered other players or kept them off the ice were the eight stitches required to close a deep, nasty gash on his left leg just above the ankle.
December 31, 2014 |
The Wells Fargo Center was packed Friday night for that rock concert of ice shows, Disney on Ice Presents Frozen . The Ed Sullivan-era Beatles could have shown up in Philadelphia and not received the adoration that Olaf the snowman got when he skated to center ice at the 19,500-seat arena. The audience - mainly children under 10, including hundreds of tiny girls in Elsa dresses, plus parents - likely wouldn't have cared if the skating was mediocre. Elsa and Anna were there and waving to them.
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.