July 9, 2011 |
STONE HARBOR, N.J. - It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. What do a lanky German, a Quebecer with four Flyers prospect camps under his belt and a kid from Bryn Mawr have in common? They come from vastly different backgrounds. They each have taken different roads to end up on the same camp roster. But yesterday, basking in a sun-drenched sweat with cheers from fans lining the street in Stone Harbor, Marcel Noebels, Kevin Marshall and Kyle Mountain were champions of the Trial on the Isle.
April 14, 2011
The Flyers' struggles down the stretch have not dampened the expectations of Philadelphia sports fans, a year after the team's amazing run to the Stanley Cup finals. In a poll as part of the ongoing "Philly Fan Project" with the Daily News and Temple University's Sport Industry Research Center, 44 percent of respondents said they expected the Flyers to reach the Stanley Cup final, with 33 percent saying they expected the team to win. Another 30 percent said they expected the Flyers to lose in the Eastern Conference final, 19 percent said they will lose in the second round and 7 percent predicted a loss in the first round.
June 8, 2010
THE NOISE IN the Spectrum has faded (as has the Spectrum itself). The details of the play, the third-period goal that pushed the Flyers into Game 7 of the 1987 Stanley Cup finals, have become fuzzier with time. "It's 23 years now," J.J. Daigneault was saying yesterday. "Twenty-three years. And in that time, I would say that somebody reminds me of it at least once a week. " It was another Game 6, another era. As today's Flyers come home for their Game 6, with the prospect of elimination from the Stanley Cup chase again packed in their carry-ons, we can only wonder about the parallels.
May 14, 2010 |
ROLLING 7's The Flyers play Game 7 tonight at Boston, becoming only the sixth NHL team to force a Game 7 after being down 0-3. The Flyers are 7-6 in Game 7s. Here they are: 1968: Blues 3, at Flyers 1 1974: At Flyers 4, Rangers 3 1975: At Flyers 4, Islanders 1 1976: At Flyers 7, Maple Leafs 3 1981: Flames 4, at Flyers 1 1987: At Flyers 5, Islanders 1 1987: At Oilers 3, Flyers 1 1988: At Capitals 5,...
May 12, 2010 |
It is one of the burdens of being a Flyers fan. The team you follow, that thrills you and sometimes drives you crazy, can't seem to get it right when it comes to the single most important position on the ice. There was Bernie Parent, who won two Stanley Cups. There was Pelle Lindbergh, who died on the cusp of greatness. There was Ron Hextall, who played brilliantly in almost winning a couple of Cups. And then there is the rest. Pete Peeters and Bob Froese. Ken Wregget and Chico Resch.
August 6, 2009 |
The Flyers have reached a minor league affiliation agreement for next season with the Kalamazoo Wings, of the East Coast Hockey League. The K-Wings will join the relocated Adirondack Phantoms as Flyers' minor league affiliates. The San Jose Sharks also will be an affiliate of the Wings. "We are pleased to have the Kalamazoo Wings as our ECHL affiliate and look forward to a strong working relationship with them," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement announcing the agreement.
February 26, 2009
NIITTY, MARTY, Niitty, Marty. If this is Thursday, Marty Biron must be the Flyers' No. 1 goalie. Wednesday, it was Antero Niittymaki. Niitty, Marty, Marty, Niitty. We haven't had this kind of goalie fun since Ron Hextall and Garth Snow shared things here 12 years ago. Now the Los Angeles Kings' assistant general manager, Hexy watched Biron's latest bid to move from 1B to 1A, stopping 34 shots in the Flyers' 2-0 victory. "We had our looks," Kings coach Terry Murray said.
February 10, 2008 |
Today's goaltenders are vanilla compared to the goalies of yesteryear. When was the last time you saw an NHL goalie come out of the net and skate at an attacking forward? When was the last time a goalie jumped Chris Chelios, pounding the spoked wheel out of his Red Wing? When was the last time a goalie broke a stick over the crossbar, or mouthed off to the Great One? You don't see it anymore because it doesn't exist. You don't see it because only one man did all that - Ron Hextall.
February 7, 2008 |
No Flyers goalie ever fed off the negative energy of a hostile road environment better than Ron Hextall. It was one of many reasons that Hextall was such an enormous NHL attraction during the 11 seasons he spent in orange and black. "I've been asked that about Philly," Hextall said last night at the Wachovia Center before to his induction into the Flyers Hall of Fame. "When you come and see 15,000 screaming people there, if you're not ready for the game, you get pumped up in a hurry.
February 6, 2008 |
Even if you had your eyes closed, you knew Ron Hextall was guarding the net. All you had to do was listen, and you'd hear the loud clang of Hextall's stick against the uprights and the crossbar, a ritual but also a sort of siren call that the goalie was daring any shooter to come his way. Of course, when Hextall was playing goal for the Flyers 20 years ago, you wanted to keep your eyes open, focused on him, because you never knew what you...