June 2, 2016 |
Rick MacLeish, 66, a three-time all-star who scored arguably the biggest goal in Flyers history, died Monday night. Brad Marsh, president of the Flyers Alumni Association, confirmed Tuesday morning that Mr. MacLeish had died. Mr. MacLeish had been battling meningitis and kidney and liver problems, according to his daughter Brianna MacLeish. "Ricky was the most talented player the Flyers had during the 1970s," said Hall of Famer Bob Clarke, who was one of Mr. MacLeish's teammates and is now the team's senior vice president.
May 28, 2016 |
The latest goaltender to shepherd his team to the Stanley Cup Finals hadn't been a full-time starter in the NHL until this season and has a name that sounds like a mutual-fund firm. Martin Jones is 26 years old, stands 6-foot-4, and had appeared in all of 20 games for the Los Angeles Kings before the San Jose Sharks acquired him in a trade last June (after he spent four days as a Boston Bruin). The Sharks immediately made him their No. 1 goalie. He played 65 regular-season games and has started all 18 of their playoff games, and his team is in the Finals for the first time in its 24 years of existence.
May 13, 2016 |
Rick MacLeish, the smooth-skating center who scored the goal that gave the Flyers their first Stanley Cup championship in 1974, is battling multiple medical problems in a Philadelphia hospital. MacLeish, 66, has been hospitalized for six weeks. "We deeply appreciate all the support that's been given to our dad," said Brianna MacLeish, one of Rick's two daughters. "At this time, we want to spend time with our dad, and the family asks for our privacy. " Brianna MacLeish did not want to specify her father's medical problems.
November 9, 2015 |
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Towering defenseman Chris Pronger played with the Flyers only for three years, but he made a lasting impression, steering the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals in his only full season with the team. "He brought a tremendous presence to the rink - both defensively and offensively. He could defend. He could make plays like nobody," Paul Holmgren, the Flyers' president, said in a phone conversation Saturday. "He was one of the best defensemen who ever played. " That's why Pronger, who turned 41 last month, will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday in Toronto, along with Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Phil Housley, Angela Ruggiero, Bill Hay, and Peter Karmanos Jr. Hay and Karmanos were selected in the "builder" category.
October 9, 2015 |
Thanks to the prognosticators' gloomy outlook for their team, the Flyers are playing with a chip on their collective shoulders as their season starts Thursday in Tampa. Claude Giroux, the team's captain, said the players are motivated by the naysayers. "It doesn't matter what your team looks like on paper," Giroux said after Wednesday's practice in Voorhees. "It's about who's going to want to do the work and who wants to pay the price, and I think we have that in this room. " The Flyers, under rookie coach Dave Hakstol, need more overall consistency, improvement on their penalty kill, and more secondary scoring if they are going to reach the playoffs.
October 8, 2015 |
In last year's preseason, I correctly predicted that Chicago would beat Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup Finals. Later, 14 of my 15 playoff-series picks were correct. In other words, a prediction drop-off in 2015-16 is almost inevitable. But here I go anyway: Flyers: sixth in the eight-team Metropolitan Division with 90 points, missing the playoffs for the third time in the last four years. Points for Claude Giroux: 82. Points for Jake Voracek: 77. GAA for Steve Mason: 2.35.
August 20, 2015 |
Danny Briere thought briefly about playing another year and even kicked around the idea of trying to finish his career as a fourth-liner with the Flyers. But in the end, the diminutive center decided it was more important to spend quality time with his three teenage sons before they head to college in a few years. Briere, 37, announced Monday that he was retiring after a 17-year NHL career. He held an emotional farewell news conference at the Skate Zone in Voorhees on Tuesday while his three sons Caelan, Carson, and Cameron watched from the back of the room.
August 19, 2015 |
Danny Briere, the undersized center who led the Flyers to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, announced his retirement from hockey on Monday after a 17-year NHL career. "After taking a few weeks to think about it, it's time to hang them up and spend a little more time at home with the family," said Briere, 37, who lives in Haddonfield. ". . . The Flyers are where I played the bulk of my career. I've had a great time in Philadelphia and have been very, very fortunate to have the chance to play here.
July 1, 2015 |
Former Flyer Chris Pronger, the towering, crease-clearing defenseman who played the game on the edge - and sometimes beyond - was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. Pronger, 40, called it "very humbling" to be included alongside the players and builders who were selected. "It's very exciting to think about becoming an honored member; it's certainly something I didn't expect while playing. " Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Phil Housley, Angela Ruggiero, Bill Hay, and Peter Karmanos Jr. were also named to the Hall.
June 4, 2015 |
LIGHTNING CAPTAIN Steven Stamkos, one of the great young players in the game, pointed out that Chicago's experience and familiarity with each other is the primary reason the Blackhawks are gunning for their third title in six years. "It's almost like the Harlem Globetrotters out there at times on the ice, the way they can pass it," Stamkos said. "You can see they've played together for a while. " They split a pair of meetings this season, with the home team winning each. Here are 15 more things to know about the Stanley Cup finals, which begin tonight in Tampa: 1 Four of Tyler Johnson's 12 goals this postseason have been game-winners for the Lightning.