Snider inducted into USA Hockey Hall of Fame

It looked like it was going to be a fool’s game, trying to bring professional hockey to a city whose only previous foray was a 4-win team known as the Philadelphia Quakers that lasted one forgettable NHL season in the 1930′s. But Ed Snider, born and raised in Washington, DC, who had never seen a hockey game until his adult years when a friend took him to a game at the old Madison Square Garden, pressed on when one loan officer not attuned to the sport looked him in the eye and said “I don’t think soccer is going to …

Giroux out for Tuesday

Let the rending of garments and gnashing of teeth begin. New media darling Claude Giroux will not be with the Flyers for Tuesday’s important road test in Washington against the Capitals due to his “upper-body” injury suffered at the end of the second period of Saturday’s win over Tampa Bay. “Claude is continuing to feel better,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said in a Monday press conference. “He will not travel with the team today and will be seen by our doctor again tomorrow.” As it stands now, there is no timetable for Giroux to return to the ice, and not …

Flyers win fifth in a row…at a cost to be determined

It seems so unfair that for everything good that has happened to the Philadelphia Flyers this season, there’s a constant shadow waiting to envelop the light. On Saturday in South Philadelphia, the Orange and Black reeled off their fifth consecutive win with a 5-2 decision over the Tampa Bay Lightning, but lost star forward Claude Giroux in the second period to what appears to be a head injury. As if the hockey gods wanted to give us something more substantive to worry about than the moaning over the Bolts’ vaunted 1-3-1 defense, Giroux was taken off the ice late in …

Holmgren talks Pronger, Schenn

Courtesy of the Philadelphia Flyers Q: What changed with Chris? “I think over the last few days he’s had some difficulties… a fairly persistent headache, just sluggish feeling – so we’re just trying to do the right thing here and get him checked out by the doctors in Pittsburgh and just see what we’re dealing with.  Is it a concussion?  I don’t know that we know that.  We want to get a better idea, obviously.” Q: There’s still no idea what it might have stemmed from?  The high stick? “I don’t know.  I looked yesterday and I think he played …

Pronger out indefinitely

Breaking news out of Flyers camp this afternoon… General manager Paul Holmgren said that defenseman Chris Pronger will be out of commission indefinitely. “While Chris’ knee is improving, he has struggled with other issues that are concussion-like symptoms,” Holmgren revealed in a statement Friday morning. “Chris will see Dr. Joe Maroon and Dr. Mickey Collins on Wednesday, December 14th in Pittsburgh for further evaluation. Chris will be out indefinitely.” The news didn’t get any better for youngster Brayden Schenn. “Brayden reported ‘not feeling himself’ on December 5th,” Holmgren added. “Our doctors believe he has a mild concussion. Brayden will be …