He Was a Flyers Fan. He Won the Stanley Cup With Pittsburgh

Jim Britt holds the Stanley Cup on the ice after the Penguins win

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 »

Can Flyers Goaltenders Recreate Team’s Surprising 2010 Stanley Cup Push?

Flyers goalies Michal Neuvirth (left) and Steve Mason.

Flyers goalies Michal Neuvirth (left) and Steve Mason.

Last night, as we discussed yesterday, the Flyers had a chance to move into playoff position with a win over Chicago. The Blackhawks, though, are one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference — just three points behind the conference leader.

It didn’t matter. Michal Neuvirth made 24 saves on 26 shots and a third-period Radko Gudas goal, just his third of the season, gave the Flyers a 3-2 win. If the season ended now — and that would be really weird, because there are still have 13 games left — the Flyers would be the No. 8 seed in the playoffs.

Many Flyers fans, relentlessly upbeat as far as Philly sports fans go, are starting to get excited. Some are even comparing the team’s recent form to that of 2010. That year, the Flyers made the playoffs on the last day of the regular season and went all the way to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final before being eliminated. Read more »

The Flyers Can Actually Move Into Playoff Position With a Win Tonight

Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds  celebrates his goal against the Detroit Red Wings.

Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds celebrates his goal against the Detroit Red Wings.

The Flyers edged the Red Wings last night, 4-3. Shayne Gostisbehere’s third-period pass deflected off a Detroit skater and went into the net, giving the Flyers a two-goal lead. When the Red Wings scored to cut the deficit back to one, the rookie gave the Flyers the eventual margin.

Michael Raffl also scored twice for the Flyers, who jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period. Philly outshot Detroit 23-3 in the first.

“I think it was the best start I think we’ve had all year,” said Wayne Simmonds. “It’s the biggest game of the year for us. And everyone was pretty damn pumped.” Simmonds scored the Flyers’ other goal. Read more »

WATCH: Crowd Sings ‘O Canada’ at Flyers Game in Pittsburgh

Hockey fans at the Philadelphia Flyers / Pittsburgh Penguins game last night in Pittsburgh turned out a rousing rendition of Canadian national anthem “O Canada’ in a show of support following the shooting yesterday afternoon in Ottawa.

Crooner Jeff Jimerson led the crowd through the song while two maple leaves were projected onto the ice. It’s a touching tribute to Nathan Cirillo, who was killed in the attack at Ottawa’s National War Memorial. Check out the video above.

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NHL Hiring Guy on Flyers Payroll to Decide Player Punishment

The NHL is hiring former Philadelphia Flyer Chris Pronger for a job in its Player Safety Department, ESPN reports. Pronger will be one of those who decide the appropriate punishment for illegal hits.

But there’s an issue: Pronger is still being paid by the Flyers. Pronger last played in 2011, his career cut shot from concussion-like symptoms. He’s not ever going to play again, but he’s still under contract.

Pronger’s contract, which he signed in 2007, pays him until 2017. So each year he’s quietly shuffled onto long-term injured reserve at the start of the season. It’s beneficial for both the Flyers and for Pronger. If he were to officially retire, Pronger wouldn’t be entitled to collect his salary. Also, per NHL rules the Flyers would be stuck with a cap hit of several million in “dead” money; by putting him on long-term IR, he doesn’t count against the salary cap.

And people are upset about his new role in the NHL.

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DO THIS: Flyers Pep Rally Tomorrow at Dilworth Park

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The Philadelphia Flyers are hosting a pep rally tomorrow at Dilworth Park to celebrate the team’s first home game of the season—against the New Jersey Devils.

The event will be hosted by 97.5 The Fanatic host Jason Myrtetus, and, while no current teammates will be on hand, Flyers alumni like Brian Boucher, Bob “The Hound” Kelly, and Todd Fedoruk will show up in a cavalcade led by members of the U.S. Army. 

In addition to getting crowds all Flyered up, there will be contests and giveaways to score t-shirts and other team memorabilia.

Things get started at lunchtime tomorrow, October 9th, from noon to 1 p.m. at Dilworth Park (Broad and Market streets.) Team spirit mandatory.

Should Flyers Claude Giroux Be a Late Addition to Team Canada?

Feb 1, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA;  Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) celebrates a goal against the Los Angeles Kings in the third period of game at Staples Center. Philadelphia Flyers won 2-0. Photo | Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 1, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) celebrates a goal against the Los Angeles Kings in the third period of game at Staples Center. Philadelphia Flyers won 2-0. Photo | Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday afternoon the Tampa Bay Lightning announced that star sniper Steven Stamkos would not participate in the Winter Olympics for Team Canada. His horrificly fractured leg has not healed enough for him to be cleared to play. So the immediate speculation is who will replace the two-time NHL goal-scoring leader.

When the Canadian Olympic hockey team was announced in early January, Flyers captain Claude Giroux was not named to the roster. Giroux had been off to a slow start, but has picked things up significantly in the last month. Also not named to the team in early January was Stamkos’ teammate Martin St. Louis.

So will Giroux be named to Team Canada now? 

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