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.
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.
October 3, 1999 |
The Philadelphia Flyers have come to town. A public hockey clinic became the first major program at the former Twin Rinks ice-skating complex since the Philadelphia Flyers organization bought the rink in August and turned it into Flyers Skate Zone. Comcast-Spectacor acquired the rink from the township in August, making it the first in a planned network of rinks around the region. Flyers officials pledged to use the rink to promote the team and its minor-league affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, while simultaneously building interest in hockey around the Philadelphia area.
February 12, 1986
Being a Philadelphia Flyers fan for over 10 years, my interest and love for hockey, like many others in the Philadelphia area, ranks very high. My resentment is toward the television networks for not showing the NHL all-star game, once again selling out to cable television (ESPN, which Philadelphia doesn't have anyway). The three major networks telecast three of the four major sports of this country continuously and neglect the most competitive sport. When it comes to hockey, the Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Washington and Pittsburgh teams are all equal or better than the other home teams, which get undisputed major coverage, all-star play-off games, etc. Hockey may not be America's national sport, but is growing increasingly popular, even without NBC, ABC or CBS support.
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.
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.
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 7, 2003 |
It's funny, the things you learn in our game even when you think you've seen it all. I came to the Wachovia Spectrum to watch an exhibition game between our Flyers and Phantoms. I was really curious and excited to see how people reacted out of their element, in particular some media personalities who would be behind the bench for the first time. My thinking in doing this was to allow special access to, in my opinion, the most emotional part of the game, the bench area. I thought it would be a great idea to have a close-up view of what really takes place on the ice. However, in helping people gain access to this information I found myself watching an exhibition game that turned out to be one of the best learning experiences for me as the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.