Posts Tagged ‘Stanley Cup’

40 years today: Flyers win their first Stanley Cup

May 20th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on 40 years today: Flyers win their first Stanley Cup | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, NHL, Sports

The ’74 Stanley-Cup-Champion Flyers had it all: speed, scoring, checking, fighting, grit, determination, goaltending, and a great head coach. They were one of the most depth teams in the league, and the most physical, dangerous team, yet they combined that physicality with scoring. The Broad Street Bullies clinched their first-ever Stanley Cup with a 1-0 shutout victory vs. the rival Bruins in Game 6 of the Cup Finals — on May 19th, 1974.

Just seven years prior, they were one of seven-new NHL expansion teams coming into the league.

Goaltender Bernie Parent was in his second different stint with the team, after originally being drafted by and playing for the Bruins, being selected by Philadelphia from Boston in the ’67 Expansion Draft, and being traded from Philly to Toronto and back to Philly.

It was a whirlwind, roller-coaster ride for Parent.

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Flyers promote assistant GM Ron Hextall to GM, promote Paul Holmgren from GM to President

May 8th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Flyers promote assistant GM Ron Hextall to GM, promote Paul Holmgren from GM to President | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

It’s official: Ron Hextall is the newest Flyers’ GM.

(Matt Slocum/AP)

(Left to right: Holmgren, Ed Snider, and Hextall)

He replaces Paul Holmgren, who was the team’s GM from 2006 until today; following former-GM Bob Clarke’s resignation as GM in October of 2006. Holmgren as general manager took the team from cellar-dweller status to a playoff team and contender. A year after Paul began as Clarke’s successor, he took the team from the worst team in the league statistically in 2006-07 to not only a playoff team but the conference finals in 2008. Two years later, he took the team to the Cup Finals vs. Chicago, before bowing in six games; the club’s first Finals appearance in 13 years.

In six out of the seven full seasons as GM, Holmgren took the team to the postseason; the lone season in which they missed the playoffs under his guidance came two years ago in the lockout-shortened season. Under Holmgren, Philadelphia won one division championship (2010-11), one conference championship, and he took the team to two conference finals.

Hextall expressed his enthusiasm, passion, and readiness to be an NHL GM someday, when his playing days concluded 15 years ago, as well as his appreciation for the people he worked for and under since then.

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Sunday Night Hockey

May 14th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on Sunday Night Hockey | Filed in Flyers, Hockey

The attraction known as the NHL Winter Classic will be coming to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on January 2nd. The Winter Classic has become the premier event for the regular season of the NHL. This is only part of the reason why the NHL is on the upswing in terms of popularity and ratings. This year’s playoffs are up 12% from last year because of the close intense play that has taken place throughout. The next step that the NHL needs to make in order to become relevant is to have a nationally televised game that takes place at night, on NBC.

I have had this idea for about a year now and game 7 between the Sharks and Red Wings made me realize that this idea would most certainly work.

NBC has done a fantastic job with the Sunday night game for the NFL. The ratings last year were through the roof, having a nationally televised game in prime time helped reach a bigger audience, which is exactly what the NHL has to do if they want to expand their product.

After the NFL wraps up the playoffs there is a gaping hole of programming on Sunday nights, which usually gets filled up with Dateline and then a new show at 10 o’ clock which seems to only last a season, The Cape was the victim of that time slot last year. Instead of putting in millions of dollars to come up with a new concept for a television show, less money could be put into sending out the production team to film a game.

The schedule for the NHL would have to change a little bit, there couldn’t be any other games played on Sunday night, which would mean that all of the Sunday games come late February would be played during the day. This would allow NBC to create a show similar to Hockey night in Canada and Football Night in America.

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Flyers Even Finals; Phils Win!

June 5th, 2010 by Christian | 1 Comment | Filed in General

Great night for Philly sports as the Flyers evened the Stanley Cup Finals at two games a piece with a 5-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks (highlights below), and the Phillies defeated the Padres 3-2 behind Roy Halladay.

The Stanley Cup is shaping up to be a classic.  Game 5 is Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET in Chicago.  Go Flyers!!!

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Flyers Game Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

June 4th, 2010 by Christian | Comments Off on Flyers Game Time: 8:00 p.m. ET | Filed in General

Big game tonight.  Let’s Go Flyers!!!   Click the image.

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Floyers Game Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

May 29th, 2010 by Christian | 1 Comment | Filed in General

Let’s Go Flyers!!!   Click the image.

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Flyers-Blackhawks Playoff Highlights

May 28th, 2010 by Christian | 1 Comment | Filed in General

Some of the best playoff moments so far from both teams.  Great video.

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