February 13, 2014 |
JASON WENTZELL, who has been a Philadelphia police officer for 17 years, grew up playing roller hockey at the Fishtown Rec Rink and firmly believes it saved his life. "There's two paths to go down in this neighborhood," the lifelong Fishtowner said. "As a kid, I hung around with a rough crowd. Some of them went one way. A lot of them went the other way. "I lived two, three blocks away from the rink," Wentzell continued. "As soon as school was out, we'd go right over there. I was a lot better off playing hockey than hanging on the street corner.
January 13, 2013 |
Richard J. Young was not, as it turned out, unstoppable. But for most of his 52 years, he certainly seemed to be. Persevering through two bouts of Hodgkin disease as a teenager, he pursued his education until he had a master's and worked his way into a top administrative post in the New Jersey court system. Evenings and weekends found him on Moorestown's athletic fields, mobbed by children. In fall, he coached soccer; in winter, street hockey; in spring, soccer again; then baseball and roller hockey.
January 3, 2012 |
THE WINTER CLASSIC is hockey on steroids - arctic-chilled, hot chocolate-warmed, maybe with a touch of brandy. It is faces red from the cold, noses even redder. Mother Nature must be a hockey fan because she brought ideal hockey weather - 41.1 degrees at faceoff (and dropping) with brisk, very brisk, winds. And in the second period, yes, snow flurries. Flyers fans poured into Citizens Bank Park yesterday, worshiping a makeshift rink that lay on top of a baseball diamond. They were there for their Flyers and the hockey, of course, but they shared equal love for the surroundings and the event taking place.
August 1, 2011 |
Wafiq is very gifted musically. The enterprising 13-year-old taught himself to play both drums and bass guitar. And his talents are not limited to music. He has an abundance of energy, which he channels into a variety of sports - football, soccer, street hockey, and lacrosse. Wafiq is fascinated by any mode of transportation, including bike, scooter, and Rollerblades. In addition, like many of his peers, he spends many hours testing his skills at video games. Wafiq does well in school and benefits from the support and direction he receives.
July 25, 2010
"I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12. Jesus, does anyone?" - from "Stand by Me " Chris Gibbons is a writer from Philadelphia My friend Vinnie and I would often sit on the red brick wall in front of my house on warm summer nights in 1975. We would talk into the night about our coming freshman year at Roman Catholic High School, the long SEPTA bus ride into Center City, and the changes that would soon be upon us. The little world we knew was about to get a lot bigger, and we both sensed the innocence of our adolescence fading as the long shadows of the summer twilight crept across our street each evening to merge with the inevitable darkness.
June 1, 2010 |
Broad Street Bully spent last night embedded in the orange-blooded flood of his fellow Flyers fans at Chickie's & Pete's in South Philly, watching the Flyers lose a 2-1 heartbreaker in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, floating on a sea of $2 drafts, still passionately pining for a parade. HEAR NO EVIL: Cliff Brenner, 57, and Scott Beinstein, 49, Flyered-up friends from Northeast Philadelphia, watched the game on the big-screen TV with earphones in both ears, listening to the play-by-play on radio.
November 20, 2008
STREET hockey was once the stick ball of suburbia. In the Philly suburbs in the early 1970s, it was an after-school sport that lots of kids played. The Flyers were the rage, and we each had orange and black jerseys emblazoned with our favorite players' names and numbers. We'd imitate Bernie Parent and Bobby Clarke. And every class bully became the team's Dave Schultz. A guy in my neighborhood took metal from a swing set and made two goals, using sewn-together burlap bags for netting.
October 4, 2008 |
We're bringing you a new item on the South Jersey sports scene, called "5 Minutes With. " We will take a little time to learn some things about the high school athletes that you wouldn't normally find in a game story. The first subject is Triton senior quarterback Rocco Colucci. FAVORITE PRO SPORTS TEAM: The Flyers. I never played ice hockey, but I've always played street hockey. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH ON TV: College football. My favorite team is Penn State. FAVORITE REALITY SHOW: I don't watch any of the reality shows, so I can't say I have a favorite.
May 22, 2008 |
IKNOW that what I'm about to say will earn me a Philly razzing. Wimp, you'll call me. Maybe use the word Vince Fumo used to describe Sen. Jubelirer a few years back. Or even the moniker of the Soprano mobster killed on Tony's boat a few seasons ago. But I'm going to say it anyway: There's way too much fighting in professional hockey. It's a brawl dressed up as a hockey game. If I wanted to see a fight, I'd go the Blue Horizon or Atlantic City - not the Wachovia Center.
April 5, 2006 |
The New York Rangers wanted to end seven seasons of playoff absences. All they needed was a point. The Flyers wanted to move ahead of them atop the Atlantic Division with a victory in regulation. Those were the stakes last night at Madison Square Garden. When it was over, the Rangers had a 3-2 shoot-out victory, giving them 96 points - three more than the Flyers with seven games to play. "I felt we played a good game," said Flyers goalie Robert Esche, who continued to make a case for himself as the playoff starter with 38 saves.