November 21, 2013 |
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.
November 1, 2013 |
IT SEEMS like only a few years ago when a few local sports fans came up with the concept of a Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame and, through their energy and passion, made it happen. Next Thursday at the Sheraton Society Hill, Class X will be inducted. Given the strength of this class, it is becoming more apparent it will take organizers many years to run out of qualified candidates. Basketball is especially well represented with this group, which includes Sixers all-timer Andrew Toney, La Salle legend Michael Brooks, Penn all-time leading scorer Ernie Beck, Dobbins great Linda Page (she once scored 100 points in a game)
July 11, 2013 |
After being snubbed for about three decades, Fred Shero, who directed the Flyers to Stanley Cup titles in 1974 and 1975, was elected into hockey's Hall of Fame on Tuesday. "Long overdue," said Flyers scouting consultant Bill Barber, a former Philadelphia winger who is also a Hall of Famer. The induction ceremony will be Nov. 11 in Toronto. Right winger Brendan Shanahan and defensemen Chris Chelios and Scott Niedermayer were also selected, along with Canadian women's national team defenseman Geraldine Heaney.
June 6, 2013
Boxing promoter Joe Hand Sr. and former 76ers general manager Pat Williams will be honored with the Legacy of Excellence award by the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, which announced its 10th class of inductees. The induction ceremony will be Nov. 7. Also named to the class were Geno Auriemma, John LeClair, Ernie Beck, Greg Luzinski, Michael Brooks, Linda Page, Bob Brown, Carl Robie, Joe Burk, Dave Robinson, Henry "Shag" Crawford, Tina Sloane Green, Eddie George, Andrew Toney, and William "Bucky" Waters.
December 13, 2012 |
Face it. Most of us only do things when faced with a deadline. For the NHL and the players union - which will resume talks, with federal mediators by their sides, on Wednesday - that deadline is almost upon them. From here, the sides have just two weeks, maximum, to get a deal done. Why two weeks? Gary Bettman, the NHL commissioner, says teams need to play at least a 48-game season to protect the game's supposed integrity. (The game's integrity has disappeared because of the third work stoppage under Bettman, but that's another story.)
June 30, 2012 |
The Flyers on Friday welcomed back a former player and a former coach to serve in different roles next season. Recently retired Ian Laperriere, who recorded 20 points for the Flyers in the 2009-2010 season, will serve as the team's director of player development, and former head coach Terry Murray will return to the Flyers as the head coach of the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms. Laperriere, 38, played in 1,038 games over 16 NHL seasons, recording 336 points. Because of post-concussion dyndrome, he didn't appear in an NHL game after the Flyers lost in the playoffs in 2010, but didn't officially retire until two weeks ago. "It's a job that suits me well," Laperriere said in a statement.
June 1, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. — Dainius Zubrus is 15 years removed from his first trip to the Stanley Cup finals, though he still feels the pain and heartache from that sweep in Detroit. He can recite the Flyers' route to the finals that spring, knocking off Pittsburgh, Buffalo and the Rangers in succession on their way to the Red Wings. He still gushes about beating the Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals as a star-struck 18-year-old, just as his Devils did this year. "Mark Messier was there, Wayne Gretzky, Mike Richter, the list goes on and on," Zubrus said of that New York team the Flyers defeated in five games.
April 8, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - To paraphrase a certain Russian goalie, the Flyers' regular season was a six-month journey through the humongous big schedule, and it produced more highlights than lowlights, more thrills than spills. Here is a look at some of the best and worst: Biggest surprise: Scott Hartnell went from a laughingstock for his falls to an all-star. From someone most fans wanted traded to one of the league's best power forwards. Hartnell began the season on the third line with rookies Sean Couturier and Matt Read.
March 6, 2012
PETE ROSE, Eric Lindros, John LeClair, Doug Collins, Andrew Toney and Eric Allen highlight this year's ballot for the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. The ballot for the ninth annual induction class is in the hands of the Hall's voting panel, which includes more than 220 participants. The Hall's ballot committee has nominated 37 people in 15 sports. The Class IX Induction Ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 8 at the Society Hill Sheraton. The ballot is divided into those whose careers primarily occurred more than 50 years ago (Heritage Nominees)
January 3, 2012
PAT YOURSELVES on the back, Philly. Tear your rotator if you have to. So it wasn't perfect, so your team didn't get the necessary two points in Game 37 of the 82-game regular season against the hated division rivals, so they blew a two-goal lead in front of 46,967, tainting this snow-globed day ever so slightly. That's not what we will remember tomorrow, a week from now, and certainly in the years to come. We will remember Bernie Parent stymieing Ron Duguay, and we will forever think of Duguay more fondly than we ever did when he was a player.