So Gary Bettman didn’t exactly receive the friendliest of receptions during the NHL Draft in Philly on Friday. But booing one of the easiest targets in sports isn’t just a Philly thing — it’s a national tradition. Here’s a list of the five most notorious booings to take place in Philadelphia (which means no McNabb on draft day, sorry).
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.
The Flyers were in just their seventh season when they won the Stanley Cup in 1974. They won another one in 1975. Two Stanley Cups in eight years! If the Flyers had stayed near that pace, they’d have had 9 or 10 more Cups by 2013.
Unfortunately for Flyers fans, the team did not keep winning Cups. The last time the team won a Stanley Cup was 1975. Frank Rizzo was mayor. City Hall was the tallest building in the Philly. The NHL had 18 teams.
Tonight at Drinker’s West (39th and Chestnut), Crossing Broad is hosting an NHL ’12 Tournament on Xbox 360. To play, arrive before 8 p.m. and enter. The winner takes home a copy of NHL ’13 which hits stores today.
Patrick Burke, a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers, joins his father Brian and several hockey all-stars in a new PSA to fight homophobia in the sports world. Burke, who’s brother Brendan, fought for gay equality in sports before his untimely death, gives a testimony to his legacy and the need for gay rights among athletes with a simple message that if you’re gay you can still play.
The PSA is part of the You Can Play Project that invites 10 NHL players to join the Burkes in their efforts to level the playing field – or in this case – the rink. The Flyers’ own James Van Riemsdyk is featured in the video, along with pros Brian Boyle,Tyler Bozak, Mark Fayne, Andy Greene, Frans Nielsen, George Parros, Brendon Prust, David Steckel and R.J. Umberger.
When we saw a tweet come across our Twitter feed this weekend saying the Flyers were serving a new funnel cake wrapped hot dog dusted with powdered sugar we thought it was a joke. Perhaps born out of the incessant ads for the KFC Double Down that run during Flyers games.Â Surely it couldn’t be a serious food item, could it?
But there it is on the Flyers web site, a poll to name this abomination. It’ll be available behind section 114 and cost $6.
Well we guess they had to do something, it looked like Shawny, the “dancing fat guy” was getting a bit svelte.
Mikey’s American Grill & Sports Bar is now open in University City at 3180 Chestnut Street, providing another option to watch game 5, part 2 this evening.
The former Ecco Qui space in the Left Bank Building has been transformed into a industrial feeling sports bar with eight 50″ flat screen TVs pumping out the best that DirecTV and Comcast have to offer including all the sports packages from the NHL to college basketball.
The menu will include Mikey’s burger, 8 ounces of beef, 4 ounces of corned beef topped with coleslaw, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing. More than 50 varieties of bottled beer will also be available.
There aren’t many bars in Philadelphia that cater to hockey fans. And even less as the Flyers have struggled out of the gate this year. And by struggled out of the gate, we mean they’ve been the worst team in the league. But if you love hockey and are perhaps looking to watch some more competitive teams this year, you’ll be happy to learn that Barristers Bar & Grille has the NHL Center Ice package.