July 8, 2016 |
The Pennsylvania SPCA will be holding a fund-raising event in the memory of George Bengal, the shelter's director of Humane Law who died last month. "A Night for George" will be held July 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 732 Saint Andrew Road, in Philadelphia. Tickets are $50. Proceeds will go to the George Bengal Fund to End Animal Cruelty, which was created shortly before Bengal died from cancer. The event will include food from Revolution Taco, beverages from Tito's Handmade Vodka and Unibroue, a 50/50 raffle and raffle baskets.
March 1, 2016 |
Left winger Michael Raffl was relieved to sign a three-year contract extension Sunday. Raffl, 27, a versatile player who has also played center this season, could have been an unrestricted free agent July 1, and his name had been mentioned in trade rumors. "I've had easier times walking across the locker room," Raffl said Sunday, referring to how he felt after Saturday's 4-2 win over Arizona. "I didn't know if it was the last time putting on the Flyers jersey. " But then he reached terms Sunday on a deal that will have an annual salary-cap hit of $2.35 million.
January 19, 2016 |
St. Paul School principal William Robbins has a new mantra these days: Keep the struggling parish school strong. A year ago, it was a different story at the school in Burlington City, where the chorus among students and teachers was to save the school. Last January, the school successfully pulled off a frantic six-week campaign that raised more than $250,000 to keep its doors open for the current school year. Robbins hailed it a miracle. "It was kind of scary," said Student Council president Erin Turpin, 13, of Burlington Township.
October 26, 2015 |
In a scary-looking scene early in the second period Saturday night against the Rangers, Flyers top-line left winger Michael Raffl collapsed on the bench and had to be helped to the locker room. The Flyers would only call it an upper-body injury. Afterward, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall downplayed the injury. "He's fine. . . . He actually was cracking jokes," Hextall said. Hextall would not say whether Raffl had a concussion. On the shift before he had to leave the bench, Raffl was pursuing Jarret Stoll and inadvertently skated into the Ranger forward's left elbow, which appeared to hit him in the head.
March 20, 2015 |
CALGARY, Alberta - For most, the biggest item on the Flyers' wish list this summer is a stud left winger to skate alongside Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek. Ron Hextall joked last week no one was going to wave a magic wand and say, "OK, here's a 25-year-old Brett Hull, thank you very much. " No, that will not happen. But what if the Flyers already have a suitable first-line left winger who can bury goals from the feathery passes off the sticks of the team's two stars? His name is Michael Raffl.
February 17, 2015 |
BUFFALO - Michael Raffl says that he isn't quite 100 percent and that he is still getting his wind back after a long bout with pneumonia. On Sunday night, however, he breathed life into the Flyers' playoff hopes. Playing in his first game since Jan. 20, Raffl scored on a wraparound with 7 minutes, 15 seconds left to snap a 1-1 tie and lift the Flyers to a 2-1 win over hapless Buffalo at the First Niagara Center. The victory moved the Flyers to within five points of idle Boston for the last Eastern Conference playoff spot.
November 6, 2014 |
The Flyers received crushing news Wednesday: Michael Raffl, the emerging top-line left winger who shares the team lead with six goals, will miss six weeks because of an apparent foot injury he suffered blocking a third-period shot Tuesday in a 4-1 win over Edmonton. "He's been a huge part of our line and our team," right winger Jake Voracek said Wednesday after practice in Voorhees. "It's tough to see him go down, especially after the start he's had . . . but like I said, hockey injuries happen.
November 3, 2014 |
SUNRISE, Fla. - The Flyers' 4-4-2 October record wasn't spectacular by any means, but, considering their difficult schedule and their multitude of injuries, it was a respectable start. Respectable and, in some ways, encouraging. Encouraging because they beat quality teams like the Penguins and defending Stanley Cup champion Kings - even though their top three defensemen were unable to play because of injuries and ailments. Encouraging because they were competitive in almost every game, despite the fact that their No. 1 goalie, Steve Mason, failed to register an October win. Encouraging because right winger Jake Voracek is blossoming into a star, because the team has gotten more than anyone could have expected from defenseman Nick Schultz, goalie Ray Emery, and left winger Michael Raffl.
March 28, 2014 |
ONE YEAR AGO, Michael Raffl was living in near anonymity in Leksand - a quiet town of just 5,934 residents in the middle of freezing Sweden. Raffl led his Swedish Elite League team in scoring, but had not yet popped up on the NHL radar. Time was running out. He was already 24 years old, reaching the age where few players aren't considered "prospects" anymore. "You should have seen that place," Raffl said. "There was nothing going on. I couldn't even go to dinner at night, everything closed early.
February 2, 2014 |
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - When Michael Raffl was bumped from the first to fourth line earlier this week, Flyers coach Craig Berube was careful to point out the move was not a demotion. "He's been a good player," Berube said then. "Wherever he goes, people seem to play good around him. It'll be a better fourth line with him on it. " Raffl, 25, has provided Berube with some unexpected flexibility in his first half season in the NHL. Originally considered a player with a top-end skill set, Raffl has demonstrated an ability to play the all-important "elevator" role - meaning he can move up and down the lineup with ease.