Breaking News: Flyers to open 11-12 season in Boston

The National Hockey League has released its schedule for the 2011-12 season, and the Philadelphia Flyers are going to return to the scene of their ignominious playoff exit. Thursday, October 6 means a date with the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, who will raise their banner at TD Garden while welcoming the Orange and Black. Curiously, in the initial NHL.com story, there is not one peep about the 2012 Winter Classic, while every other important date on the league’s calendar is covered. The Flyers now have their full season schedule up on their website, and while the Winter Classic …

On the Masterton: Happy for Lappy, but he wasn’t the best man

Any hockey fan worth his or her salt knows the opening scene of the seminal 1977 George Roy Hill-Paul Newman flick “Slap Shot,” where goaltender Denis Lemieux is explaining to host Jim Carr and the presumed television audience what certain penalties are and how bad you should feel once you get caught committing them. Basically, you follow the rules and everything should work out all right. If you don’t, you sit in the penalty box and…well…you can quote me the rest. Not that Ian Laperriere or the selection committee for the Bill Masterton Trophy should be locked up in a …

Laperriere wins Masterton Trophy

Las Vegas, NV – Philadelphia Flyers forward Ian Laperriere was  honored   with  the   2011  Bill   Masterton  Trophy  for  perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The  37-year-old native of Quebec sustained a concussion and fractured orbital bone  during  the  first round  of  the  2010  Stanley  Cup playoffs  when  he blocked  a  shot with his face.  He was expected  to miss the remainder of the postseason, but returned and helped the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals. However,   concussion-related   symptoms  returned  and  he  remained  on  the club’s  long-term  injury list  this season,  but he’s  continued to serve the Flyers  in  several capacities, …

Flyers and Winnipeg, imperfect together

Now that the National Hockey League has decided to return to the flat hinterlands at the exact center of North America, I thought it’s about time to reminisce about how Philadelphia fared against that other Winnipeg team in its first go-round. There were a ton of thrills and chills, collisions and explosions, and an awful lot of interesting hockey games between the Flyers and Jets from 1979-96, and here are some notable matchups. January 2, 1981 – The Jets spent their entire second NHL year sucking badly. They finished 9-57-14, and one of those nine wins was in Winnipeg against the Orange menace. I hope …

Winnipeg officially returns to the NHL

It’s official. After a 15-year absence, Winnipeg is back in the good graces of the National Hockey League. For the first time since the Hartford Whalers moved to Carolina in 1997 to become the Hurricanes, the league has approved a relocation. Courtsey of NHL.com   The League’s Board of Governors gave its stamp of approval for the sale and relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers to the group from Winnipeg at its meeting in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday.   True North Sports and Entertainment purchased the club from the Atlanta Spirit group for a reported $170 million and paid the NHL a …