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February 22, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
A junior hockey tournament held to promote goodwill suffered a diplomatic setback when a 12-year-old American whacked a Russian on the back of the neck with his stick. James Gabriel, of the Seattle Junior Admirals, was suspended from the Beaverton, Ore., tournament, and might be suspended from the sport regionally, for deliberately hitting Vladimir Kirsanov, 13, of the Khabarovsk Amur Pee-Wee Team, near the end of Sunday's game. Kirsanov, who was treated and released at a hospital, had received a minor penalty for bumping Gabriel with his forearm.
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January 2, 2013
The United States advanced to the quarterfinals of the world junior hockey championships Monday with a 9-3 rout of Slovakia in Ufa, Russia. The Americans' prospects of reaching the knockout round had looked uncertain after a loss to Canada a day earlier, but they dominated the Slovaks. In Group A, the Czech Republic beat Switzerland, 4-3, in overtime. Canada stayed in first place in Group B by downing Russia, 4-1. BASEBALL: Former American League MVP Miguel Tejada said he has reached a deal with the Kansas City Royals.
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September 10, 2007 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One of the Flyers' most intriguing prospects reported to rookie camp yesterday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees with a mended shoulder and a new frame of mind. Right winger Steve Downie, the Flyers' first-round draft choice in 2005, might not make the roster out of training camp, but he certainly figures in the team's future. The 20-year-old Downie, who had surgery in late April to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, said he was feeling fine physically. In the past, his physical tools were never questioned, but Downie's fiery personality has resulted in several suspensions.
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June 9, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
BUFFALO - When the Flyers make the seventh overall pick in the NHL draft on June 26, they may have a choice between defenseman Ivan Provorov or forwards Lawson Crouse, Kyle Connor, Mathew Barzal, Mikko Rantanen, or Pavel Zacha. Craig Button, the former Calgary general manager who is a draft expert for TSN in Canada, admires all of the players, but he says Provorov, 18, is the best of the group. "He has everything," Button said while watching players go through fitness testing Saturday at the NHL scouting combine.
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February 6, 1992 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Eric Lindros needs the Winter Olympics like he needs a hockey stick to the head. He doesn't need the exposure. Lindros is already considered one of the very best players in the world. At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, he's already a Canadian teenage heartthrob. Lindros doesn't need to prove his value. He's already gotten multimillion dollar offers from the National Hockey League. In fact, a serious injury at the Olympics could ruin that prospect. And the 18-year-old center doesn't need the practice.
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October 10, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Former NHL star Theo Fleury claims in his autobiography that he was sexually abused by a junior hockey coach in Winnipeg. The account is detailed in "Playing With Fire. " The book is to be released next week; excerpts appeared online. The former Calgary Flames forward accused Graham James of abuse. James was jailed in 1997 after admitting to sexually abusing two players on his junior hockey team, one being ex-NHL player Sheldon Kennedy. James served 3 1/2 years in prison and currently coaches junior hockey in Europe.
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February 27, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
Second of two parts BOISBRIAND, Quebec - In NHL scouting circles, one of the phrases often kicked around is that an up-and-coming player needs to "find his chair. " The figure of speech originates from chairs in an orchestra, where key members are sprinkled around the room in different roles, ultimately working in unison to produce a harmony. In the hockey world, players sit in different chairs within an organization, expected to fulfill different roles in order to help the team win. Samuel Morin, the Flyers' intimidating first-round pick selected 11th overall last summer at the age of 17, is searching for his chair.
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August 18, 1990 | By Gary Miles, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Russ Farwell was named general manager of the Flyers in June, Ken Hitchcock called the promotion a feather in the cap of every Western Hockey League executive. Farwell was the GM of the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds, and Hitchcock was the head coach at Kamloops, Seattle's toughest WHL rival. Although he saw Farwell's promotion as a positive sign for all junior hockey executives, Hitchcock wasn't sure what it meant for him. Less than two months later, Hitchcock discovered that it meant a promotion, when Farwell hired him to be an assistant to coach Paul Holmgren.
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February 4, 2013 | Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
They've come from typical hockey upbringings, growing up in Red Deer, Alberta, and Redfew, Ontario, and Cross Lake, Manitoba. A mix of Americans and Canadians, and one freshman Finnish defenseman, headquartered at a rink just off Route 452 in Aston, home of Neumann University, which has established itself in recent years as a hockey school. "The program, I think, has been going for 12 years," said Neumann coach Dominick Dawes, in his fifth year. "The first few years were pretty bleak.
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June 9, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
BUFFALO - When the Flyers make the seventh overall pick in the NHL draft on June 26, they may have a choice between defenseman Ivan Provorov or forwards Lawson Crouse, Kyle Connor, Mathew Barzal, Mikko Rantanen, or Pavel Zacha. Craig Button, the former Calgary general manager who is a draft expert for TSN in Canada, admires all of the players, but he says Provorov, 18, is the best of the group. "He has everything," Button said while watching players go through fitness testing Saturday at the NHL scouting combine.
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September 17, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
PAUL HOLMGREN remembered the pitch. Sitting at the NHL draft table, scouts occasionally pipe up to management to advocate for a player in their region they feel strongly about who might still be available. It was scout Mark Greig, who primarily covers the Western Hockey League for the Flyers, touting left winger Taylor Leier with the 117th overall pick in the fourth round. Greig's message to Holmgren was clear. "This kid is going to find a way to play in the NHL," Holmgren recalled Greig saying.
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July 1, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com Here is a peek inside the Flyers' 2014 draft: TRAVIS SANHEIM First round (17th overall) Position: Defense Height: 6-3 Weight: 181 Born: March 29, 1996 (18 years old) Birthplace: Elkhorn, Manitoba Team: Calgary (WHL) Stats: 2013-14: 67 GP, 5 G, 24 A, 29 pts, 14 PIM, plus-25. Notes: One calendar year ago, Sanheim wrapped up his season in Manitoba midget hockey, praying for a shot to make the Calgary Hitmen roster ... Finished ranked 53rd among North American-born skaters according to NHL Central Scouting ... Interviewed with all 30 NHL teams ... Ranked eighth overall by TSN analyst Craig Button, the Mel Kiper of NHL drafts ... Hometown of Elkhorn, Manitoba has a population of 461 ... Says he models his game after St.Louis defenseman Jay Bouwmeester ... Has a twin brother, Taylor, who plays junior hockey in Manitoba. Taylor Sanheim never sprouted past 5-10 ... Went from being a healthy scratch at the beginning of Calgary's season to Canada's top defenseman at the Under-18 World Championships in Finland. Sanheim says: "It's kind of crazy, the last year. I was playing midget hockey and not even thinking about the draft. I was just trying to crack the Calgary roster. Then I started to get my confidence. I started to see my name in the rankings and I felt good about myself, I knew I was doing stuff right." Ron Hextall says: "We feel we got the best player with the most upside. His path is one that is very intriguing. Player development coach Kjell Samuelsson might as well get a place in Calgary this year." Mike Moore says: "The Flyers are getting a guy who is taking off. He's very intelligent. He has terrific vision. He's very good in his own end. He finished high school by Christmas last season so he could focus on hockey - and you could see what that did for his second half of the year." - Moore is the Calgary Hitmen general manager. NICOLAS AUBE-KUBEL Second round (48th overall) Position: Right wing Height: 5-11 Weight: 190 Born: May 10, 1996 (18 years old) Birthplace: Sorel, Quebec Team: Val d'Or (QMJHL) Stats: 2012-13: 64 GP, 10 G, 17 A, 27 pts, 26 PIM, minus-4 2013-14: 65 GP 22 G, 31 A, 53 pts, 61 PIM, minus-1 Notes: Picked up 13 points in 24 playoff games, as Val d'Or represented the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in this year's Memorial Cup ... His agent is Phil Lecavalier, the brother of Flyers forward Vinny Lecavalier ... Said he had not spoken yet to Vinny Lecavalier about the Flyers ... Hails from Sorel, a suburb of Montreal ... His favorite movie is "Step Brothers" ... Says he patterns his game a little after Ottawa's Kyle Turris with his skating ability and size ... Plays primarily wing, but says he can also play center. Has played wing exclusively the last 4 years ... Finished ranked 40th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting after being ranked 45th at midpoint of the season. Aube-Kubel says: "When I put the jersey on, it was very special. To hear the screams in the stands, it was amazing. I know they draft some Quebec guys often. I know Philadelphia fans are loud. It was awesome just to hear them screaming for the Flyers when they made their pick. I have a good hockey sense, defensively, and my skating ability is really good. This year, I'll work hard at being better defensively and my consistency." Scout says: "He reminds me a little of Jason Pominville, only a little stronger at the same age. He's very involved and shoots the puck really well. He plays in all situations." - NHL Central Scouting's Chris Bordeleau. Chris Pryor says: "He's another guy that is probably a little bit under the radar because the big line there got a lot of the minutes. We're excited because I think next year we're going to see big things from him with the quality ice time that the big line got this year. He brings speed. He's a good hockey player. He plays both sides of the ice and he's competitive." - Flyers' director of scouting. MARK FRIEDMAN Third round (86th overall) Position: Defense Height: 5-11 Weight: 185 Born: Dec. 25, 1995 (18 years old) Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario Team: Waterloo (USHL) Stats: 2012-13: 64 GP, 8 G, 27 A, 35 pts, 44 PIM, plus-22 2013-14: 51 GP, 10 G, 30 A, 40 pts, 30 PIM, plus-22 Notes: Flyers scout Nick Pryor, who covers primarily the USHL, had a big impact on the Flyers targeting Friedman, who will attend Bowling Green State University in the fall ... Was originally supposed to enroll at Bowling Green before the 2013-14 season, but ended up back in Waterloo after a mix-up in class registration with the NCAA clearinghouse ... Ranked 124th among North American skaters in the final NHL Central Scouting rankings after coming in at 133rd on the midpoint list. Friedman says: "I'm a two-way defenseman. I can skate the puck, but I really rely on my defense more than my offense. I compare my game kind of to Johnny Oduya of the Chicago Blackhawks. I had a screw-up in my courses and I saw Waterloo had a few guys drafted, so I wanted to come back. I think it absolutely helped me. I didn't think I was mature enough as a person and a player and the extra year helped me out. To be drafted in Philly, by the Flyers, it's a dream come true." Pryor says: "He's a competitive, skilled defenseman. He's got some skill, he can run the power play, he's mobile and he competes. He's going to a good situation in Bowling Green where he will get a lot of ice time. He committed early and stuck with his commitment in Bowling Green." OSKAR LINDBLOM Fifth round (138th overall) Position: Winger Height: 6-1 Weight: 192 Born: Aug. 15, 1996 (17 years old) Birthplace: Gavle, Sweden Team: Brynas (Swedish Hockey League) Stats: 2013-14: (Swedish Elite League) 4 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 pts, 0 PIM, minus-2 2013-14: (Swedish Under 20) 43 GP, 13 G, 20 A, 33 pts, 28 PIM, plus-2 2014 Under 18 World Champs: 7 GP, 3 G, 3 A, 6 pts, 2 PIM, plus-5 Notes: After skating in four games with Brynas in the Swedish Elite League last season as a 17-year-old, Lindblom has already signed to play with the big club next season ... He was impressive in seven games at the Under-18 World Championships for Sweden, registering six points in seven games ... His father, Johan Lindblom, played professionally in Sweden ... Oskar Lindblom outscored his older brother, Marcus, on the same Brynas junior team last season ... Finished ranked 23rd among European skaters according to NHL Central Scouting. Gunderson says: "I would say he is a good pick for a late round. He has decent size. He can still fill out more. He seemed smart with the puck. He could be really good when he develops physically." - Ryan Gunderson, Philadelphia native, who was the leading scorer for Brynas in the Swedish Elite League last season and played four games with Lindblom. Gunderson has signed to play for Jokerit in Finland next season when they move to Russia's KHL. Scout says: "Lindblom is a powerful skater with a strong, two-way game. He isn't shy to do the dirty work and is a pain to move out in front from the net. He gets himself open to create offensive chances but isn't overly flashy." - FutureConsiderations.ca Pryor says: "If you would have looked at our projections late last summer, he could have been a late first or early second round pick. For whatever reason, it happens, he slipped a little this year. We were on him from Day 1. He's a big body. From the blue line in, he's really good. He could have easily been an early second pick. We didn't think he would be there when we picked him." RADEL FAZLEEV Sixth round (168th overall) Position: Left wing Height: 6-0 Weight: 178 Born: Jan. 7, 1996 (18 years ago) Birthplace: Kazan, Russia Team: Calgary (WHL) Stats: 2013-14: 38 GP, 5 G, 20 A, 25 pts, 12 PIM, plus-1 Notes: Suffered a broken wrist in Calgary in January that kept him out of the lineup until the start of the WHL playoffs ... Actually finished ahead of Flyers' third-round pick, Mark Friedman, in the final NHL Central Scouting rankings. He ranked 121st among North American skaters, Friedman ... This was Fazleev's first season in North America. He skated in Kazan in the Russian junior league prior to joining Calgary ... Represented Russia in the 2013 Under 18 Ivan Hlinka tournament. Pryor says: "One thing about Radel, he plays a North American game. I don't want to say that's atypical of a Russian style of game, but this guy plays both ends, a hard-working game. He got hurt this year so he was a little under the radar, but if you look at his playoff numbers, he had really good numbers. They're both on the upward trend. Right now, he's got a really good chance of making that Russian Under-20 world junior team next year." JESPER PETTERSSON Seventh round (198th overall) Position: Defense Height: 5-8 Weight: 187 Born: July 16, 1994 (19 years old) Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden Team: Linkoping (Swedish Hockey League) Stats: 2013-14: 48 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 pt, 30 PIM, minus-8 Notes: Lacking in size at just 5-8 ... Listed as a good two-way defenseman who likes to join the rush but doesn't have a hefty shot ... Helped Sweden capture a gold medal at the Under-18 World Championships. Pryor says: "He's a little bit of an older guy, he's been through the draft a couple times. We've seen a lot in the last couple years, scouting at tournaments. He's not an overly flashy guy, he just plays the game the right way. He's not big, but he's really thick. He's competitive. He's got a good stick, a good head for the game. He's a big leader with the Swedes. I don't know if you remember Freddy Meyer, but there are a lot of similarities. He's not real big but he's good on his feet and he's competitive."
Here is a peek inside the Flyers' 2014 draft: TRAVIS SANHEIM First round (17th overall) Position: Defense Height: 6-3 Weight: 181 Born: March 29, 1996 (18 years old) Birthplace: Elkhorn, Manitoba Team: Calgary (WHL) Stats: 2013-14: 67 GP, 5 G, 24 A, 29 pts, 14 PIM, plus-25. Notes: One calendar year ago, Sanheim wrapped up his season in Manitoba midget hockey, praying for a shot to make the Calgary Hitmen roster ... Finished ranked 53rd among North American-born skaters according to NHL Central Scouting ... Interviewed with all 30 NHL teams ... Ranked eighth overall by TSN analyst Craig Button, the Mel Kiper of NHL drafts ... Hometown of Elkhorn, Manitoba has a population of 461 ... Says he models his game after St.Louis defenseman Jay Bouwmeester ... Has a twin brother, Taylor, who plays junior hockey in Manitoba.
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February 27, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
Second of two parts BOISBRIAND, Quebec - In NHL scouting circles, one of the phrases often kicked around is that an up-and-coming player needs to "find his chair. " The figure of speech originates from chairs in an orchestra, where key members are sprinkled around the room in different roles, ultimately working in unison to produce a harmony. In the hockey world, players sit in different chairs within an organization, expected to fulfill different roles in order to help the team win. Samuel Morin, the Flyers' intimidating first-round pick selected 11th overall last summer at the age of 17, is searching for his chair.
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May 8, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Highly regarded Niagara University goalie Carsen Chubak signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, and is expected to compete for the job next season with Cal Heeter. Chubak, a 24-year-old junior, was one of 10 finalists this season for the Hobey Baker award, given to the top player in collegiate hockey. Boston College forward Johnny Gaudreau, who attended Gloucester Catholic High, was also a finalist. St. Cloud (Minn.) State's Drew LeBlanc, a forward who has signed with the Chicago Blackhawks, won the award.
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February 19, 2013 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, For the Daily News
A MAKESHIFT SIGN on an 8 1/2-by-11-inch computer printout greets you on the far right door of Hollydell Ice Arena in Sewell, N.J. It reads: WELCOME TO THE HOME OF 'JOHNNY HOCKEY' A certain buzz now surrounds this rink, where locals of all ages have laced up the skates since 1992. Everyone knows South Jersey's own John Gaudreau, the 19-year-old Boston College standout who starred in the recent world junior hockey championships. Now, the kids walk around in their USA hockey jerseys.
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February 4, 2013 | Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
They've come from typical hockey upbringings, growing up in Red Deer, Alberta, and Redfew, Ontario, and Cross Lake, Manitoba. A mix of Americans and Canadians, and one freshman Finnish defenseman, headquartered at a rink just off Route 452 in Aston, home of Neumann University, which has established itself in recent years as a hockey school. "The program, I think, has been going for 12 years," said Neumann coach Dominick Dawes, in his fifth year. "The first few years were pretty bleak.
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January 18, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
AFTER A crash-course introduction to the big leagues this week, Flyers rookie Scott Laughton says that his first 4 days in training camp have him more convinced than ever that he can play in the NHL. Laughton, 18, will find out Friday afternoon whether or not he's sticking with the Flyers, as 23-man rosters are to be submitted by 3 o'clock. All signs point to Laughton earning a five-game tryout with the Flyers, before they must decide whether to send him back to junior hockey, especially with the expected absence of Danny Briere.
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January 13, 2013 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Columnist
Claude Giroux was more than a little concerned when Scott Hartnell suggested they finish off their first day on ice together in months by taking in a Sixers game. Giroux knew how annoyed he was about the NHL lockout, how it denied what he sees as his destiny in life. "I was born to play hockey," he was saying at his locker the other day. "And I couldn't do that, at least in the NHL. It was a pretty tough couple of months. " He also knew that if it bothered him that much, it bothered fans, too. He was one of them the last time the NHL locked out its players in 2004-05, and while he doesn't remember much of the details, he remembered being a little ticked then, too. So as he took his courtside seat with Hartnell and Matt Read for Tuesday night's game between the Sixers and the Nets, he did so warily.
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January 6, 2013
The United States won the world junior ice hockey championship on Saturday after Rocco Grimaldi scored twice and Vince Trocheck added an empty-netter to clinch a 3-1 win over defending champion Sweden in the gold-medal final in Ufa, Russia. American goalie John Gibson made 26 saves for the victory and was the MVP of the tournament. Valeri Nichushkin scored an overtime winner to give Russia a 6-5 victory over Canada in the bronze-medal match. CYCLING: Countering a New York Times report on Friday, Lance Armstrong 's attorney said that the cyclist hasn't reached out to the USADA about admitting that he used performance-enhancing drugs.
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