October 12, 1995 |
Rod Brind'Amour, whose torso calls to mind statues of centaurs, is one of few players who go in and work out after a three-hour hockey game as a way to wind down. A half-hour or so after the final horn, a gaggle of reporters will be standing in the locker room, facing the showers, hoping someone will emerge from the mists before deadline, when Brind'Amour will come stalking up from the other direction, still in the gray sweats hockey players wear under their uniforms. What exactly has he been doing?
October 3, 1995 |
The NBA has one "Dream Team. " The NHL will have six. Following the lead of professional basketball, the NHL yesterday officially announced that it would close down for 16 days in 1998 so that its players can compete in the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Teams from the United States, Canada, Russia, Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic will be laden with NHL players, and will join two other national teams that pass through a qualifying tournament as hockey tries to capture the hearts of new fans around the world.
October 23, 1995 |
One of the keys to the Flyers' season, as you've probably heard by now, is the play of the second line. The first line is the dominant "Legion of Doom," widely considered the best in the league. The second line, until last night, was Rod Brind'Amour, flanked by Brent Fedyk and Patrik Juhlin. Their strong play through the exhibition season and the first few regular-season games was among the developments contributing to the Flyers' fast start. But that progress stalled during the road trip that ended with last night's 5-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
January 12, 1995 |
If all goes as expected, Terry Murray will retrieve his whistle from his desk drawer tomorrow afternoon and pick up where he was so rudely interrupted back on Sept. 30. Back then, Murray, the Flyers' first-year coach, was trying to install a system and get his team ready for an Oct. 1 opener against Hartford, the first step of an 84-game marathon. Tomorrow, when the NHL lockout is scheduled to end with the expected signing of the collective bargaining pact, Murray will find out if anybody remembers that system as he prepares his team to open a 48-game sprint starting late next week.
September 21, 1995 |
The Flyers' Legion of Doom line was the Legion of One last night at the Forum. With right winger Mikael Renberg recovering from a hernia operation and center Eric Lindros sidelined with a strained right wrist, left winger John LeClair had to play the Montreal Canadiens all by himself. No, just kidding. LeClair was on a line with center Rod Brind'Amour and right winger Patrik Juhlin. LeClair, Renberg and Lindros were dubbed the Legion of Doom by teammate Jim Montgomery last season after the three forwards dominated the NHL and led the Flyers to the Stanley Cup semifinals.
September 27, 1994 |
Not many rookies can step onto the top line of an NHL club and look as if they have been there all their lives. Flyers left winger Patrik Juhlin tried to do so last night. Fresh off a two-goal game Saturday night against the Washington Capitals, Juhlin won a temporary promotion to the top line for last night's 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators in an exhibition game at the Civic Center. Juhlin had his troubles. Playing alongside center Eric Lindros and right winger Mikael Renberg, he got off just one shot and failed to contribute any points.
February 22, 1994 |
If the Flyers are to reacquaint themselves with Stanley Cup playoff fever for the first time in five years, Dominic Roussel is the goaltender who will carry them there. The Flyers are planning to send Tommy Soderstrom to their Hershey farm club this week. The Flyers' backup goalie is expected to be former Montreal prospect Frederic Chabot, who has a 9-3-4 record and 2.73 goals-against average for Hershey. Chabot, 25, joined Hershey on Nov. 13 on loan from Montreal. Yesterday, the Flyers acquired his contract for future considerations.
April 18, 1995 |
Rob Zettler works as hard as anyone on the Flyers. Although fellow defensemen Eric Desjardins, Kevin Haller and Dimitri Yushkevich get most of the attention, Zettler has been a solid reserve this season. He may not be the fastest skater or the hardest hitter on the team, but Zettler, who came to the Flyers from San Jose in February 1994 for center Viacheslav Butsayev, usually avoids making the big mistake that gets a team into trouble. That stability allowed Flyers coach Terry Murray to trade Ryan McGill to Edmonton last month and send Jason Bowen, Stewart Malgunas and Shawn Anderson to Hershey of the American Hockey League.
September 23, 1996 |
The Flyers are facing six games in seven days as training camp and the preseason draw to a close, and by Sunday, they should know the makeup of their 24-man roster. "It comes down to: Are they going to be satisfied fitting into a role?" coach Terry Murray said yesterday. "There's a lot to factor in. If it's a player who was a regular and now comes in not as a regular, but a role player . . . is that going to be a problem for him?" Murray expects to carry 15 forwards, seven defensemen and two goalies.
January 22, 1995 |
The Spectrum was like Little Sweden yesterday. Five Swedish newspapers, two Swedish television stations, and one Swedish radio station sent reporters to cover yesterday's NHL debut of Quebec Nordiques center Peter Forsberg (he's Swedish). It was also the NHL debut of Flyers right winger Patrik Juhlin (also Swedish). Forsberg, the Flyers' top pick in the 1991 draft, was traded to Quebec in the Eric Lindros deal in 1992. Yesterday, he had two shots and picked up an assist on the game-winning goal in the Nordiques' 3-1 victory over the Flyers.