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April 15, 1997 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
John LeClair is browsing through South Philly's new sports palace after a mid-January Flyers game, pointing out to Mark McGinn, his close friend and fellow Vermonter, some of the amenities $200 million can buy. McGinn interrupts. Did LeClair notice during the game that his photo kept appearing on the CoreStates Center's large screen above center ice, announcing that LeClair had won a local humanitarian award? "Must be a slow year in Philly sports or something," LeClair said, quickly changing the subject.
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May 5, 1999 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Summer officially began for the shocked Flyers yesterday, at least a month sooner than planned, following Sunday's 1-0 loss to Toronto in the Stanley Cup playoffs. "It's hard right now," said forward Mikael Renberg, who had a pile of his sweaters to autograph before departing. Even on Monday, "it was hard to believe we were out," Renberg said. "But that is life. This is sports. Sometimes you win, next time you lose. " The consensus yesterday was that the Flyers' first-round exit was not comparable to last season's Buffalo disaster.
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April 1, 1996 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If he keeps this up, John LeClair will have more headgear than the Mad Hatter. The Flyers left winger added a couple of hundred caps to his already sizable collection yesterday when he notched his second hat trick in four home games to lead the Flyers to an impressive 4-1 romp over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Spectrum. This game was a test for the Flyers. After winning seven of their last eight games against teams with losing records, the Flyers finally faced Stanley Cup contenders, and they thrashed them soundly.
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October 16, 1997 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Flyers had played with the Mighty Ducks as if they were toys for all of two periods, until it finally dawned on them that this wasn't a game that could be stolen with feigned effort, which is what they had done Monday night at San Jose. So Eric Lindros and John LeClair, the two leading scorers in the National Hockey League heading into play last night, decided it was time to dunk the Ducks - with a huge assist from their pal, Paul Coffey. Scoring two goals less than six minutes apart, Lindros and LeClair rallied the Flyers to a momentary lead, only to see Anaheim force a 2-2 overtime tie last night at Arrowhead Pond.
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February 1, 1998 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This used to be a railroad town, a no-nonsense, open-your-heart-and-shut-your-mouth workingman's town. That legacy survives even though yuppie-favorite Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream has replaced the Central Vermont Railroad as the big industry along Lake Champlain's picturesque eastern shore. The artificial gingerbread cuteness infecting so many New England communities is missing. St. Albans, "The Rail City," looks lived in. The big clapboard houses along Main Street are neat but unadorned.
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November 15, 2000 | By Todd Zolecki, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Flyers coach Craig Ramsay needed to see two things from Mark Recchi to know he was ready to play again. He needed to see some "jump" or "quickness" from Recchi on the ice. And he needed to see him make good decisions on it, too. But because it's hard for Ramsay to judge a player's decision-making abilities in practice, he had to rely more on his first criterion. "He certainly showed that," Ramsay said after yesterday's practice at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees. So Recchi, who has been recovering from the symptoms of a concussion, will probably play tonight against Toronto.
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April 19, 1999 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Flyers' 3-1 victory over the Boston Bruins in the regular-season finale yesterday at the First Union Center accomplished several things. The Flyers wanted to finish strong: They were 3-1-1 in their last five games. They wanted to emphasize tighter checking: They held Boston to a season-low 11 shots. They wanted to feel good about themselves: They clinched the fifth playoff seed - the highest they could go - and will open the playoffs with games Thursday and Saturday night in Toronto.
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April 17, 2000 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The guns of the old warships anchored outside on Lake Erie were trained on the HSBC Arena late yesterday afternoon. One more bad call against the Sabres, they seemed to threaten, and we can't be responsible for the consequences. The Buffalo Sabres never summoned the Navy in Game 3, but they did call on all the emotional firepower they could muster. That's why coach Lindy Ruff whined about Mark Recchi's penalty-drawing dives yesterday afternoon. That's why the pregame atmosphere, with lasers and fireworks, resembled Fort McHenry at its rockets-red-glaringest.
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March 18, 1996 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
John LeClair made them bring out the wheelbarrow last night. The San Jose Sharks could have used a stretcher instead. LeClair scored his third NHL hat trick, and the Flyers scored seven goals on their first 17 shots, en route to an 8-2 shellacking of the toothless Sharks at the Spectrum. "I got some breaks," said LeClair, who had been held to two goals in the previous seven games. "Eric Desjardins made an incredible pass on that first one, and the next two went off some sticks.
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September 12, 1997 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He walks quietly through the Flyers' dressing room wearing a polite smile and trying not to be noticed, which is hard when you're 6-foot-3 and 212 pounds. For the first two days of Flyers training camp, Chris Gratton is technically John LeClair's replacement on the first line. And in an unfortunate way, Gratton is also part of the reason LeClair isn't in camp. "It's a little awkward for me," Gratton said yesterday. It's awkward because general manager Bob Clarke's contract problems began in earnest when he raised the ante by making a five-year, $16.5 million offer to Gratton that included a $9 million signing bonus.
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November 21, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Growing up, Zac Rinaldo used to have Eric Lindros posters hanging all over his bedroom walls. As a youngster, Brayden Schenn always felt his hockey-card collection was special if it included cards of Lindros and John LeClair, and R.J. Umberger used to study the way LeClair controlled the front of the net and had "unbelievable hands" for a big guy. In other words, it won't just be an adoring sellout crowd that will understand the emotion that unravels...
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November 21, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eric Lindros and John LeClair were inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame on Thursday, and during a stirring, 30-minute ceremony, both said the fans pushed their careers to a higher level. "You guys are awesome," LeClair told the standing fans before a banner with his name and his former linemate's was raised to the rafters. "You didn't accept losing. " LeClair, 45, then thanked the fans for "the continuous energy" they gave him. Lindros, 41, had a similar theme. "Night in and night out, you brought passion to the Wells Fargo Center," he said.
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November 21, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
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.
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November 21, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ASK ERIC LINDROS what he remembers about his first practice with John LeClair after that franchise-altering, midseason trade with Montreal and he doesn't hesitate. "I didn't know a whole lot about John," Lindros said. "Things seemed to click within the first practice. We had a great deal of fun, we worked hard, but we really wanted to score in practice as much as we could. "[We were] really focusing on making sure that the bottom line was not only that we got a shot, but it went in. " The man tasked with stopping most of those shots from 1995-99 was Ron Hextall.
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August 2, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Eric Desjardins will be inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame this season, the team announced Thursday. Lindros and LeClair, who played together in the 1990s, will be inducted Nov. 20 before the team's game against the Minnesota Wild. Desjardins will be inducted before the Feb. 19 game against the Buffalo Sabres. "I think we had really good teams and really good years in the '90s," Desjardins, 45, said Thursday in a telephone interview. "It was a lot of fun and we had good success, except we didn't win the Cup. To be recognized with those guys means we did pretty good.
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August 1, 2014 | Staff Report
THERE WAS a time when the only way Eric Lindros was going to be inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame was if he bought the team. His relationship with Flyers general manager Bob Clarke had deteriorated to the point where Lindros was stripped of his captaincy. It got so ugly that Lindros' father, Carl, accused the Flyers of negligence and putting Eric's life in danger by refusing to treat a collapsed lung. But time heals all wounds, even those deep enough to drive a Zamboni through.
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July 16, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
STONE HARBOR, N.J. - Defenseman Sam Morin knew the answer right away. Who was the first American to score 50 goals as a Flyer? The coaching staff asked and Morin answered, giddily shouting: "John LeClair. " The Flyers prospects participated in the annual Trial on the Isle during development camp Monday. And in the opening part of the day they had to answer a trivia question before beginning a racecourse on the beach in their smaller teams of four. Morin got his team started with the LeClair answer.
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June 24, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers released their 2014-15 schedule on Sunday, and it includes an early visit from the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings - a team with three key players who used to play for the Orange and Black. Of the Flyers' first 39 games, 23 will be on the road. The Kings, whose lineup includes ex-Flyers Jeff Carter, Justin Williams, and Mike Richards, visit the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 28. The Flyers open their 48th season at Boston on Oct. 8, then host Jaromir Jagr and the New Jersey Devils the next night, starting a three-game homestand.
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November 21, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
BOBBY RYAN'S journey to NHL stardom had its share of well-documented potholes. But when times were toughest, he often recalled that special night in South Philadelphia in 1996. Ryan, an Ottawa Senator who is on his way to another 30-goal season, was 9 years old and among the raucous crowd for Team USA's opening game against Team Canada in the best-of-three inaugural World Cup championship series at what is now the Wells Fargo Center. NHL players were not yet participating in the Olympics, so there was a wonderful novelty to the competition.
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