I Love Hockey (215)

The Goals and the Beautiful: A Hockey Love Story

I broke up with hockey in early Autumn. It wasn’t me, it was it, and I spent the next few months going between missing it terribly and being furious that it left me in the first place. Didn’t it know how much it meant to me? How different my life was without it? Sure, there were other hockeys. But they weren’t my #1. Plenty of fish in the sea, some fish even overseas, but my heart remained loyal. In the months between the breakup and now, I heard rumblings about hockey coming back into town. I wasn’t sure how I …

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Book Review: Jakki Clarke’s “Flyer Lives”

“As a player takes a trip down memory lane, so does the reader.” That is how author Jakki Clarke describes her new book, Flyer Lives, featuring stories drawn from interviews with various Flyers alumni and current players. Whether you’ve been a Flyers fan from the beginning or have just recently joined the fandom, you’ll love this collection of personal tales from some of your favorite Philadelphia athletes. The idea for Flyer Lives came to be as Philadelphia prepared for the 2012 Winter Classic. Clarke wanted to speak to several players about what it meant to them to be playing in …

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Who We Hate: A Recap

Hello, Flyers fans! We are just two short days away from the start of this lockout-shortened season, and since it’s been an ungodly long time since we’ve cheered on the Flyers and cursed out their opponents, I figured I’d provide you with a short refresher course on who we enjoy cursing out the most. Pittsburgh Penguins — I’m not starting off with Pittsburgh because they’re the first team the Flyers face this season, I’m starting off with them because they are the worst. Not the worst team – because, let’s face it, they’re a great team – but just the …

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Don’t Boycott The NHL

I’m just going to throw this out there. Ready? Don’t boycott the NHL after this past lockout. Look, I know that the lockout sucked. I missed hockey just as much as the next person. But it’s back now, and for all of the bitching I did about not getting to watch professional games, I’m obviously not going to purposely miss them because I’m pissed at the league. That’s just silly. Maybe you don’t want to give the league any money. That’s fine. Don’t buy any merchandise, don’t show up to any games. But for those of you who kept saying, …

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Point/Counterpoint: Is the Lockout hurting or helping the league?

Welcome to the newest edition of “Point/Counterpoint,” where a pair of Flyers Faithful scribes present both sides of one particular issue with their own unique view and flair. This week, Kim P. and Craig F. debate whether the NHL lockout will hurt or help the league in the long term. Point: Kim P. Let’s face it: despite the fact that the fans are absolutely furious (and some even apathetic at this point) over the lockout, the National Hockey League doesn’t seem to be suffering very much. If they were, these recent talks would have happened earlier than this past week. There will still …