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The Big C

Leadership, leadership, leadership. It’s a broken record but always up there on the list of things Flyers fans will always want to talk about, second only to the goalie situation. When things are bad, it’s at the forefront of discussion, but when things are good, it fades to the background. The loss of captain Chris Pronger to injury had fans and analysts questioning what the team was going to do as far as replacing him. Would they give the “C” to either Danny Briere or Kimmo Timonen, the alternate captains? Or would they look towards the future and give it …

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Behind The Crest: Bernie and Kim Parent

A little girl sits high up at the Spectrum and plays with her Barbie dolls while her father dominates in goal below. Fast forward to 35 years later — that same girl sits with her young children, and watches her father, now a legend, take the ice one more time. “The feeling when he stepped onto the ice, and the chants and ovation he got… just watching him out there was amazing. It was a great experience for me and the kids.” Kim Parent was just a year old when her father, Bernie, led the Flyers to their first of …

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Behind The Crest: Bobby and Jody Clarke

Hockey players feel pressure on a daily basis. They face the pressure to succeed, to live up to expectations, and to be role models for those who aspire to do what they do – among other things. And that’s just what they deal with in the game. Away from the ice, these players have separate responsibilities – as friends, brothers, fathers, sons, husbands. It can be difficult to balance all of those responsibilities, especially when their careers have them spending plenty of time away from home over the course of a season. Bobby Clarke, arguably one of the most famous …

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Behind The Crest: Prelude

When people think about hockey players, they tend to think about a player’s skill set and statistics. They’ll think about how he performs in certain situations, his record in the playoffs, and where he fits best in the lineup. It’s all about the game, and for some fans, just knowing about that is enough. But every athlete comes with two sides: the player, and the man. Behind that tough and aggressive exterior lies a human being. Some of these men are husbands, fathers, sons, and brothers. They have more responsibilities than just scoring goals or protecting the net. And there …

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Flyers Embracing That Whole “Brotherly Love” Thing

When the Flyers overhauled their roster last summer, there were a number of questions raised – How would they make up for the scoring lost in guys like Mike Richards and Jeff Carter? Would Ilya Bryzgalov finally solve all of the team’s problems? How would the new guys all click – with each other, and with the team vets? With six games left in the regular season, all of those questions have been answered by this point. We know that the goal scoring hasn’t been an issue, and after a bumpy start, Ilya Bryzgalov has found his groove. As for …