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.
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.
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.
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.