June 27, 2014 |
Since 2000, the Flyers have made some shrewd draft choices, but most of those great picks are now playing elsewhere, including Justin Williams, Patrick Sharp, Dennis Seidenberg, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, and James van Riemsdyk. Some of those ex-Flyers drew highly productive players in trades. Some didn't. New general manager Ron Hextall is preaching that the Flyers must be patient with their young players. That means recent draft picks - and those selected Friday and Saturday, when the draft is held at the Wells Fargo Center - will probably be given more time to blossom with the Orange and Black.
May 7, 2014 |
ROSS LONSBERRY arrived in Philadelphia from sunny California on Jan. 28, 1972, as part of a seven-player deal from the Kings, the largest trade in NHL history at the time. He wasn't all that thrilled with the trade. "The travel is brutal for any player in LA, but other than that, I loved the West Coast," Lonsberry told reporters then. "I'd be lying if I said the weather didn't make me lose interest at times - not during a game, but maybe at 8 in the morning when I had to get up for practice.
February 6, 2014 |
Keith Allen, 90, the Flyers' first head coach and the general manager who built the franchise's archetypical Stanley Cup-winning teams of the 1970s, died Tuesday. Mr. Allen had suffered from dementia over the last four years and recently had been staying in an assisted-living facility in Newtown Square. A December 2012 story in The Inquirer described him spending his days playing bingo, watching movies, and participating in exercise and arts-and-crafts classes. "It's obviously sad, but Keith was at the end of his line, and in some ways it's probably a relief for his family," said Bob Clarke, the captain of the Flyers' 1974 and 1975 championship teams and the franchise's former general manager.
February 2, 2011 |
The last time the Flyers skated on home ice was Jan. 25, when they disposed of the Canadiens for the franchise's 1,000th regular-season home win. The Daily News commemorates that milestone with this power page and invites readers to share their favorite memories of regular-season home wins by sending an e-mail to DNSports@phillynews.com . Here are five chronologically at the top of our list: 1. The First Oct. 19, 1967 Goaltender Doug Favell shook off an ankle injury and Bill Sutherland scored the first Flyers goal at the Spectrum in the 1-0 win over the Penguins.
May 28, 2010 |
BARRY ASHBEE was standing in the Spectrum locker room after the Flyers upset the Bobby Orr-led Boston Bruins to win their first Stanley Cup in 1974. Ashbee, a ramrod straight defenseman, wore sunglasses to protect his right eye, damaged when a puck shot by Dale Rolfe of the New York Rangers struck him in a semifinal game. As his perspiration- and champagne-soaked teammates celebrated, Ashbee said softly, "You might never see another bunch like this. " Pausing, Ashbee said, "I don't cry much, but I was in tears the last minute-and-a-half.
January 30, 2001 |
If they survive their road endurance test intact, the Flyers may reap rewards in the spring. The team, which has been home for two days of off-ice conditioning and one practice, will hit the road again tomorrow to visit Pittsburgh and Mario Lemieux. The Flyers are in a 22-game stretch with 17 away from home. Since Dec. 27, they are 7-4-1 on the road and 9-5-2 overall. Road opponents that remain are the Penguins, then, after this weekend's all-star break, Boston, Pittsburgh again, and the New York Islanders twice.
May 15, 1997 |
When the Flyers and New York Rangers open their 10th playoff series tomorrow night at the CoreStates Center, hockey historians gleefully will clear space for more juicy material. The dictionary illustration of "bad blood" could be tattered, perspiration-soaked Flyers and Rangers uniforms, hanging side by side. These teams don't like each other; never have, never will. Playoff lore includes Barry Ashbee suffering an eye injury that ended his career, Dave Schultz pummeling Dale Rolfe, Bob McCammon calling the Rangers "Smurfs," Phil Esposito taunting Ron Hextall during a game and Esposito and Jay Snider exchanging bleeps.
March 26, 1993 |
Eric Lindros seemed less than pleased with the San Jose Sharks, equaling his fight total for the season with a pair of spirited third-period bouts. He seemed downright ticked at the Spectrum fans, who relieved the boredom of a sloppy, predictable, 5-2 Flyers victory by booing both rusty Flyers goalie Dominic Roussel and their latest defense corps whipping boy, Terry Carkner. Roussel was targeted last night when a long, unscreened shot from near the red line by Peter Ahola skipped high off the ice in front of him and bounced over his glove for a goal that cut the Flyers' lead to 3-2, 4:38 into the third period.
November 13, 1992 |
The only people in the Spectrum who didn't seem awed or amazed by Mark Recchi's six-point performance last night were his parents, Mel and Ruth Recchi, who were visiting from Kamloops, B.C. "We've seen him do it before," Mel Recchi said after his son unofficially tied a Flyers single-game scoring record for a forward, with two goals and four assists in a raucous, sloppy 8-5 victory over the New York Islanders at the Spectrum. Flyers defenseman Tom Bladon scored eight points in a game on Dec. 11, 1977, against Cleveland.
December 20, 1991 |
It is hard to say who needed the Flyers' 6-2 victory over the Islanders more, the team or Steve Duchesne. For the team, last night's win was the first Patrick Division victory since Oct. 13, the first Spectrum victory since Nov. 14, only the second divisional win overall and the second win in December, not to mention the highest goal total of the season. It happened largely because Duchesne became the second defenseman in Flyers history to score a hat trick. Duchesne, who matched his goal total for the previous 31 games in one night, joined Tom Bladon, who had four goals and four assists on Dec. 11, 1977, against the Cleveland Barons.