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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, 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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November 1, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
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)
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July 11, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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December 13, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.)
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June 30, 2012 | By Chad Graff, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 1, 2012 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI and Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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April 8, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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)
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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.
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