October 22, 2015 |
THE VILLAGE of Warburg, Alberta, is home to 789 people, according to Canadian census data from 2011. Just under 400 of them are men. What are the odds, then, that two boys from that town grow up and one day coach against each other in the National Hockey League? The math would show that it's, well . . . pretty improbable, all things considered. "It's a coaching hotbed, Warburg," Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff said with a laugh after Tuesday's morning skate at Wells Fargo Center.
June 9, 2015 |
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.
September 17, 2014 |
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.
July 1, 2014 |
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.
February 27, 2014 |
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.
May 8, 2013 |
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.
February 19, 2013 |
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.
February 4, 2013 |
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.
January 18, 2013 |
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.
January 13, 2013 |
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.