April 27, 2016 |
They used to laugh about Dave Hakstol. They used to laugh about him a lot. His teams at the University of North Dakota so often got off to slow starts that a rough December came to be an annual tradition, an essential thread to each year's tapestry. Every spring, North Dakota would lose key players to graduation or early entry for the NHL draft. Every fall, it would take time for the new assemblage of talent to acclimate itself to Hakstol and his system. And every winter, North Dakota could be counted on to be in contention for a national championship.
April 23, 2016 |
They came from all over, young and old, rich and poor, and paid tribute to Ed Snider, the man who gambled 50 years ago that Philadelphia would become attracted to hockey. Snider, the Flyers' chairman and cofounder, died at 83 on April 11 after a two-year battle with bladder cancer, and a celebration of his life was held Thursday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center, home of the team he loved like one of his six children and 15 grandchildren. In a heartfelt 1-hour, 50-minute ceremony that included speeches from three of his children, business associates, friends, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Mayor Kenney and former Flyers great Bob Clarke, Snider was remembered as a man of passion and wisdom.
April 20, 2016 |
Before he walked into the Flyers' locker room Monday night and addressed the team after Game 3 of their playoff series against Washington, Jay Snider said it would be one of the most emotional moments of his life. "Normally," he said with conviction and deep admiration, "it would be Dad in there. " He was talking about Ed Snider, the Flyers chairman and cofounder who died of bladder cancer April 11 at age 83. During most of his 50 years with the team, Snider would walk from locker to locker after each home game, get to know the players, and, whether they won or lost, thank them for their effort.
April 18, 2016 |
It wasn't until this past week that I began to make some personal sense out of the opening lines of T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland : April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. In the first few days of Philadelphia's April the lilacs blossomed blue and victorious with Villanova's thrilling national college basketball championship followed by a parade and celebration in Center City.
April 2, 2016 |
Ed Snider, the Flyers' chairman and the man most responsible for bringing the franchise to Philadelphia 50 years ago, is battling health issues and was resting in his California home Thursday while the team photo was taken at the Wells Fargo Center. But his presence was felt 3,000 miles away. Fact is, his presence has been felt all season even though he has only attended a few games. Right winger Wayne Simmonds said the Flyers have focused on making the playoffs for the 83-year-old Snider.
December 17, 2015 |
BACK WHEN they were finishing in first or second perennially during the Lindros era, the Flyers would often drive their fans crazy by dropping games against second-division clubs. Those teams would treat the game as a barometer to their progress or potential. The Flyers would see it not necessarily as a night off, but one that did not require maximum effort. Sometimes they were wrong, leaving the false impression that something was lacking in their mettle. More often, they were right, although sometimes not without a frantic finish.
June 19, 2014 |
LARRY ZEIDEL, a colorful member of the Flyers' inaugural roster in 1967-68, passed away yesterday at the age of 86. Zeidel skated in just 66 games for the Flyers but became a household name in town after a vicious stick-swinging duel with Boston's Eddie Shack on March 7, 1968. Bruins star Phil Esposito later recalled in a book that Zeidel and Shack were "swinging their sticks like battle axes. " Zeidel, 39 at the time, was suspended for four games. His trade to the Flyers from Cleveland of the American Hockey League on Oct. 23, 1967, presented the opportunity to return to the NHL for the first time since 1954.
February 6, 2014 |
AFTER ESCORTING Bill Barber and Brian Propp to the 1982 NHL All-Star Game, Flyers director of team services Joe Kadlec returned to the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington and stopped at the bar for a drink. When Kadlec arrived at the lounge, he saw not one but two familiar faces singing on stage near the piano. The first one, singer and actress Gloria Loring - married to Alan Thicke at the time - was easily recognizable. The second one, his boss and Flyers general manager Keith Allen, was a little more surprising.
October 25, 2013 |
THE NEW coach says they need to "concentrate more. " The old defenseman, the one just demoted to the second power-play unit because of an inability to get the puck to the net, says "sometimes you think too much. " So which is it? Or is it - can it be? - both? Does 11 goals in eight games mean the Philadelphia Flyers are trying too hard or not trying hard enough? Are they thinking out there or, as it appears at times, not thinking at all? "When you're on a roll you don't think," Kimmo Timonen, the 15-year veteran defenseman, was saying after practice at Flyers SkateZone in Voorhees yesterday.
September 16, 2013 |
Left winger Simon Gagne sharply criticized Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren in an interview with LaPresse, saying he was misled about getting a contract. Gagne, 33, who has said he wanted to finish his career with the Flyers, is an unrestricted free agent who is searching for a team. "All summer, the Philadelphia Flyers kept hinting that they wanted to offer me a new contract, and I even told Robert Sauve, my agent, not to negotiate with other teams," Gagne told LaPresse, a French-language daily in Montreal.