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.
June 18, 2015 |
After his team's 2-0, title-clinching win over Tampa Bay on Monday night, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews could have handed the Stanley Cup to one of his many longtime teammates. Instead, in a classy move, he gave the iconic trophy to a defenseman who had played for Chicago for all of 31/2 months. Kimmo Timonen, 40, had waited his whole life for that moment. Timonen, the ex-Flyer whom Chicago acquired just before the trade deadline, raised the Cup triumphantly and skated around the ice while the red-clad Blackhawks fans let out a roar that lived up to the United Center's nickname: Madhouse on Madison.
June 11, 2015 |
THE FLYERS will open their preseason slate on Monday, Sept. 21, when they host the New York Islanders at PPL Center in Allentown. It will be the first-ever NHL game played in the Lehigh Valley. The Sixers played a preseason game against Orlando in Allentown last Oct. 18. The Flyers' trip to PPL Center is expected to replace their annual trek to London, Ontario, to play at beautiful Budweiser Gardens - where they have visited every September since 2006, except when the 2012-13 preseason was canceled by the NHL lockout.