The Flyers might be pretty good this season.
This is not always the case. Since the 2012 season, the Flyers haven’t finished higher than third in their division and have not advanced past the first round of the playoffs. They haven’t been that fun to watch the past few years.
Last season ended on the upswing (bracelet-throwing aside). The Flyers finished with 96 points, won two games in the first round against the No. 1 seed, and saw a standout season from rookie Shayne Gostisbehere, who was called up a month into the season. Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth put up great numbers in net. Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek had down seasons, sure, but the Flyers looked like they were on the way up.
That was GM Ron Hextall’s plan when he took over the job in 2014: Acquire some young talent, and slowly build the team back to contention. Read more »
Photo via the Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that the famed Legion of Doom line from the 1990s would be reuniting for an alumni game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in January.
Center Eric Lindros, left wing John LeClair, and right wing Mikael Renberg played together from 1995 to 1997 and helped the team to the 1997 Stanley Cup Final. Renberg was traded after that season. Their moniker was coined by a childhood friend of backup center Jim Montgomery, Tommy Cacioppo. Montgomery was talking to Cacioppo on the phone and telling him how good the trio looked on the ice. Cacioppo replied: “They’re like the Legion of Doom.” (It was a reference to the pro wrestling tag team also known as the Road Warriors and not the supervillains from the 1970s animated Justice League show.) Read more »
Comcast will buy out Ed Snider‘s 24 percent stake in Comcast Spectacor next month, gaining full ownership of the Philadelphia Flyers, the Wells Fargo Center and the hospitality and entertainment division, Spectra.
Ed Snider created Spectacor in 1974 to combine the two related things he owned, the Flyers and the Spectrum, into one umbrella company. Comcast bought 63 percent of Spectacor in 1996; Snider remained as chairman with a minority ownership stake.
“Ed was a visionary in the sports and entertainment industry and is deeply missed,” Comcast Chairman/CEO Brian Roberts said in a release. “He planned for this transition and, thanks to his thoughtful approach on succession, Comcast Spectacor is in a strong position. I’m very excited we are able to carry his spirit with us by bringing the company, its leadership, and its thousands of employees fully into the Comcast family.” Read more »
Flyers captain Claude Giroux stands in front of a series of game-worn Flyers jerseys over the years | Photo: Dan McQuade
The media gathered at the Philly From the Top observation deck, on the 57th floor of One Liberty. The team at MeiGray Group had set up a dozen game-worn jerseys from the 1960s to the present for display. The giant Benjamin Franklin statue at the observation deck was draped in a giant Flyers jersey.
Flyers President Paul Holmgren took to the microphone in front of a replica penalty box complete with a replica Dave Schultz. He talked about how team founder Ed Snider, before his death last spring, signed off on the new jersey design. “We went through about 10 or 12 different protypes,” Holmgren said. “Mr. Snider was heavily involved from the get-go. It was finalized in December of 2015. When Mr. Snider saw the final edition, he couldn’t have been happier and gave us his blessing to move forward.”
He brought up a Yeezy-clad Claude Giroux to try on the new jersey and show it off. This season will be the Flyers’ 50th. The new look, which the team will wear for 12 home games this season, has the Flyers’ logo trimmed in gold and other gold accenting for that 50th anniversary. Helmets worn with the jerseys will have Snider’s signature and “A Flyer Forever.” Afterward, Giroux waited to take photos and sign autographs for a long line of Flyers fans in attendance.
All good, right? No. Read more »
Fifty years ago this week, the Flyers were named.
The official unveiling of the name took place on August 3rd, 2016, and Bill Meltzer wrote a nice piece about it for the Flyers’ website yesterday.
Here’s how the story goes: The youngest of the four major professional sports franchises in Philadelphia, the Flyers were named by Ed Snider‘s sister, Phyllis. According to Jay Greenberg’s Full Spectrum, Phyllis suggested the name while at a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. Ed Snider and the rest of the ownership group liked the name, and that was that.
Well, sort of. Though they’d already decided on a name, the Flyers ownership group decided to have a contest at ACME supermarket locations — and would pull the winner out of whomever selected “Flyers.” Read more »
Eric Lindros had to wait six years, but he finally got the call.
Today, Lindros got that call confirming his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Lindros came to the Flyers for six players and $15 million in a massive trade with the Quebec Nordiques in 1992. He played eight seasons for the Flyers, with 659 points (290 goals, 369 assists) in 486 games. Read more »
Last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Championship. It was Cleveland’s first major pro sports championship since 1964 — a 52-year gap since its last championship.
Philadelphia is no longer “cursed” since its victory in the 2008 World Series. But the city’s other teams are really starting to get into long droughts. The Eagles have never won a Super Bowl, and their last NFL Championship was in 1960. The Sixers haven’t won a title since 1983.
The Flyers’ drought now stands at 41 years; their last Stanley Cup was in 1975. And, as Twitter account @SinceFlyersCup notes, today marks 15,000 days since the Flyers last won the Stanley Cup. Read more »
Photo courtesy of Jim Britt
I was watching the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate their Stanley Cup victory when I spotted a familiar face on the ice. There was Jim Britt, with his wife, posing for a photo with the Stanley Cup.
Britt and I were classmates at Holy Ghost Prep. He played on our school’s hockey team, which his dad coached. The Flyers had been to the Stanley Cup Finals just before our freshman year of high school together, and it seemed like the Legion of Doom line would one day bring the Stanley Cup to Philadelphia for the first time in either of our lives.
Sixteen years after we graduated, the Flyers still don’t have a Stanley Cup win since 1975. Jim Britt does. Read more »
Rick MacLeish, a star center on the Broad Street Bullies championship Flyers teams of the 1970s, has died. The team confirmed the news this morning; MacLeish had been hospitalized for about two months. He had been battling meningitis, along with kidney and liver problems.
“A good father, grandfather, teammate and friend, Rick will be missed by all who were fortunate to come and know him over the years,” Flyers president Paul Holmgren said in a press release. “His happy and friendly demeanor was front and center everywhere Rick went. Today, our thoughts and prayers are with Rick’s wife, Charlene, his daughters, Danielle and Brianna, along with his grandchildren. May he rest in peace.”
MacLeish scored 328 goals in a 12-year career with the Flyers — including a 50-goal season in 1972-73 — but it was his exploits in the playoffs that made him a legend. He had 13 goals and 22 points in the Flyers’ first Stanley Cup-winning year in 1974, then had 11 goals and 20 points in their second Cup the following year. Read more »
Scott Laughton suffered a terrifying injury in the Flyers’ 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals last night, but the Flyers say all tests done on the forward are negative. Read more »