February 20, 2016 |
Former Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen received some personal attention Thursday from President Obama at the White House. Timonen, who is retired and living in Haddonfield, and his Chicago Blackhawks teammates, coaches and club personnel were honored for winning last year's Stanley Cup. Obama called Timonen and goalie Scott Darling "two unsung heroes. " He praised Timonen for his great career and overcoming blood clots before joining the Hawks last season. He had kind words for Darling, praising his act of kindness to a homeless man during a recent Chicago road trip.
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.
November 30, 2015 |
Though Philadelphia hasn't witnessed a Stanley Cup parade in four decades and this year's Flyers have been lifeless, the Wells Fargo Center was filled and alive for a recent game with San Jose. Many of the fans had been going since they were youngsters. They proudly wore team gear and followed the action as knowingly as they might a football game. And while the home team lost again, its loyal supporters will return. Two years from now, the Flyers will celebrate their 50th anniversary.
November 24, 2015 |
Rod Brind'Amour spent parts of nine seasons with the Flyers, including six years with defenseman Chris Therien as his teammate. Make that his appreciative teammate. Therien watched Brind'Amour's fanatical devotion to fitness with wide eyes. "Nobody worked harder," said Therien, now a Flyers broadcaster. "When I think of Roddy Brind'Amour, the first thing I think of is dedication and work. I know he has a lot of accolades - the Stanley Cup, captain of a team - but to me, the work and the professionalism he brought to the rink every day is what stands out. He was committed to helping his team and committed to himself.
October 15, 2015 |
LAST WEEK, when Kimmo Timonen went to Chicago to take part in the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup celebration leading up to the new season, the 40-year-old was not simply taking part in the festivities. Sure, he went to a ring ceremony, then he was at United Center last Wednesday watching the team's banner unveiling and saw his name on the Cup. But he was also testing himself. When he went to Chicago's morning skate that day, he walked around the locker room for about 10 minutes. "I wanted to see if I got any kind of itch to put my gear on and go out there, but I didn't," Timonen said on a conference call over the weekend.
October 9, 2015 |
WAYNE SIMMONDS said he tried not to watch much hockey when the Flyers' season ended nearly six months ago. But sometimes you can't help it. So he watched, like many others, as the Chicago Blackhawks topped the Tampa Bay Lightning and hoisted the Stanley Cup in June. "It feels like it's been an eternity," Simmonds said after yesterday's practice. "Going home early, not making the playoffs, you sit on your couch and try not to watch the other teams play. You end up watching them play.
August 11, 2015
The Flyers signed former St. Louis Blues left wing Chris Porter to a one-year contract. Porter, 31, played three seasons under new Flyers coach Dave Hakstol at the University of North Dakota. The 6-1, 206-pound Porter appeared in 24 games with the Blues last season, posting one goal and one assist. He has spent his entire NHL career with St. Louis, appearing in 173 regular-season games and recording 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 points over parts of six seasons. He also has two goals and three assists in 15 Stanley Cup playoff games.
July 23, 2015 |
THIS WEEK'S soaring temps brought to mind some sizzling Philly sports memories. Like the time Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra started to argue with late umpire Eric Gregg during a sweltering exhibition game in Florida. "Lenny, I know exactly what you want me to do," Gregg is reported to have said. "You want me to run you out of this game. If I got to stay in this heat, you got to stay in this heat, so it doesn't matter what you call me, how many times you call me, I'm not running you out of this game.
July 2, 2015 |
IT'S BEEN a crazy month in Flyerland. Kimmo Timonen finally won his Stanley Cup, albeit with another team. Chris Pronger, who hasn't laced 'em up since the Phillies were good and still has a couple of years left on his gaudy contract, was traded, at least technically. And then, a few days later, he was named to the Hall of Fame. Up until now, the only current players who received such an honor had names like McCartney, Dylan, Jagger and, of course, Springsteen. But the craziest chapter of the month in Flyerland involves, sadly, the Flyers captain who preceded Pronger.