February 20, 2015 |
ERIC DESJARDINS never liked to be the focal point of a conversation. He never wanted it to be about him. Desjardins is, after all, the only one of the 19 captains in the 48-year history of the Flyers to voluntarily remove the "C" from his jersey. Buried beneath his humble and even shy French-Canadian shell, there was a burning competitive edge that raged on quietly. Like, that one time Desjardins was fired up about a selfish comment goaltender Roman Cechmanek made in a newspaper one day during the 2000-01 season, when he was still captain.
February 6, 2015 |
DOWN ON the ice, the Flyers had begun another game in a painfully familiar pattern, pucks bouncing dangerously around their own crease, players scrambling helter-skelter just to push it across their own blue line, just to buy some temporary relief from the onslaught. Simultaneous to this, and perhaps symbolically, too, an announcement was made in the press box that general manager Ron Hextall and sidelined defenseman Kimmo Timonen would hold an impromptu news conference once the period ended.
June 24, 2014 |
BOB CLARKE has been Eric Lindros' biggest advocate for an invitation to the Hockey Hall of Fame for years. But even Clarke, now part of the Hall's 18-member selection committee for the first time, might not be able to swing enough votes to avoid his controversial former superstar being passed over for the fifth straight summer. The Hockey Hall of Fame will announce its induction class of 2014 this afternoon in Toronto. This year's first-ballot group - full of Philadelphia connections - may be powerful enough to bump Lindros again.
May 5, 2014 |
On the morning of what, to that point, would be the most important hockey game of his life, Steve Mason wasn't certain he would play until after they had removed the needles from his head. The headaches had returned the day before, that same dull throbbing that he'd lived with for a week after suffering a concussion against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 12. Only now Game 4 of the Flyers' first-round series against the Rangers was less than 12 hours away, and Mason had expected to start in goal.
April 24, 2014 |
This article has been corrected. An earlier version stated that Dave Poulin was the only captain to lead the Flyers to multiple appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals. He was the last one, not the only one. IT IS CLEAR through three games that the Rangers intend to bump, harass, slash and aggravate Flyers captain Claude Giroux every chance they get. So, how are they doing? Last night marked the 13th consecutive game Giroux did not score a goal against the Rangers, who took a 2-1 series lead with a suffocating 4-1 victory.
September 13, 2011 |
ONE OF THE proudest moments of Keith Primeau's hockey career was blasting a wrist shot over Ron Tugnutt's left shoulder on May 4, 2000, to end the longest game in modern NHL history, the Flyers beating the Penguins in the fifth overtime. An equally proud "life" moment was when he was able to finally phone his parents, Mike and Peg, in Whitby, Ontario, last fall to tell them he had completed all his curriculum requirements to earn a degree in liberal studies from Neumann University in Aston.
February 9, 2011
SO HERE WE GO AGAIN. One week off has turned into 1 month off and counting. The latest number thrown around is that Sidney Crosby will be re-evaluated in 7 to 10 days. There is even talk that he might not return to the ice until March, which invites this rather obvious question: Why at all? Oh, right. Because the Penguins need their 23-year-old captain if they are to make any serious run at a Stanley Cup. "It's a bad day if we're making the Stanley Cup relevant to the conversation," Keith Primeau was saying yesterday.
July 23, 2010 |
It seemed only fitting that Derian Hatcher referenced his relatives when he expressed his gratitude for his selection to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. After all, his big brother, Kevin, will be inducted with him. The Hatchers and former Flyers center Jeremy Roenick are part of the 2010 class that will be inducted Oct. 21 in Buffalo. They are joined by Team USA physician Dr. V. George Nagobads and administrator Art Berglund, both of whom have been involved with the organization since the 1960s.
June 10, 2010
THEY TELL THE STORIES, fans of this team do, tell the stories of valiant efforts in face of all odds. They tell of Hexy carrying an injury-plagued team past a more talented Montreal team in 1987, tell of that rally from 3-1 to scare Wayne Gretzky and the greatest hockey team ever assembled in a seventh game. They still talk about what might have been if Leon Stickle wasn't so awfully human in 1980, what might have been if Keith Primeau had not been so hurt and worn down in that Game 7 against Tampa Bay in 2004.
June 4, 2010 |
EVERYBODY HAS A theory, an innovation that will bring the NHL to national prominence. Some big, some small. Designate a weekly hockey night, former Flyers captain Keith Primeau says. That's how his family - like so many others - came to love the game in Canada. Focus on the barely breathing small-market teams, a sports business expert at Temple University says. And why not give the viewer a window into the players' personalities during the broadcast? Rick Tocchet, who has spent 27 years in the NHL as a player and a coach and is now an analyst for Comcast SportsNet, remembers seeing Flyers captain Dave Poulin take seven needles to his ribs before every game of the 1987 Stanley Cup finals.