Howe’s #2 to be retired on March 6

And then there was five. Mark Howe will join the ranks of the illustrious in Flyers history, as he will have his #2 retired by the club prior to their March 6 game against the Detroit Red Wings, according to multiple sources. Makes sense, right? It will close a gap of 22 almost years since the last number was raised to the roof, then at the Spectrum, when Bill Barber saw his #7 elevated early in the 1990-91 season. Howe didn’t win a Stanley Cup during his 10-season tenure in Philadelphia, and he’ll be the first player so honored that didn’t …

Flyers’ quiet storm overwhelms Hurricanes

On a night when the best defenseman in club history, Mark Howe, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes conducted a hockey game in which Howe would not feel out of place. He’d be content with the results — a 5-3 Philly victory — as well as the tenor of the action which included a pair of short-handed goals and a penalty shot sandwiched between generous bouts of offense. Ultimately, it was rookie Matt Read who put the capper on the victory, as his tip-in goal with 3:51 to play in regulation provided the necessary insurance. Claude …

Howe inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame with class, key messages

You might think that Mark Howe, the newest former Philadelphia Flyer to be enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame, might introduce the meat of his speech by dedicating a few words to his family, his former teammates, or his famous father. But the 56-year-old kicked off his time at the podium in downtown Toronto this evening by addressing a situation that has been largely ignored: that of compensation for the victims of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air tragedy, which occurred on September 7 and claimed the life of the club’s head coach and Howe’s former teammate, Brad McCrimmon. “I hope …

Remembering Pelle

First, a simple tribute to Number 31, with musical accompaniment. I think this particular clip plays perfectly to the emotions of the time, even if you’re not a fan of 80′s hair metal. Here’s Connie Chung hosting a short-lived NBC magazine show called “American Almanac,” early in calendar year 1986, and the report on the circumstances surrounding Pelle’s death. And finally, an interview of unknown origin (though I suspect it was either broadcast on CBC or PRISM) from the Summer of 1985.

Yield and Increase in College Hockey

Like Kurt Vonnegut wrote many times:  So it goes. The University of Alabama-Huntsville heard the death knell for its men’s hockey program two weeks ago, thanks to an outgoing interim chancellor with a fetish for finding local talent to stock its athletic programs — something which does not compute when you slide “Alabama” next to “hockey” by any logic. RIP Chargers. Please select your resting place alongside such former luminaries as Illinois-Chicago, Fairfield, Findlay, Iona, Kent State, Wayne State and MIT. Aside from feeling the gut punch from having yet another school’s hockey program fall by the wayside without so …