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College Hockey Roundup: Jack Parker bids farewell to the game he loved so much

Monday was a sad day for college hockey as legendary Boston University men’s hockey coach Jack Parker, on his 68th birthday, announced his retirement at season’s end capping a 40-season reign that saw Parker become one the most revered sports icons not only in New England but in all of hockey. College hockey fans, supporters of the Terriers, and BU’s rivals all know the name. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever see another coach like Parker ever again. The man they called “Somerville Jack” was born and raised in Somerville, Massachusetts’ Magoun Square. The hard-nosed working-class Irish Catholic graduated from Catholic …

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2013 NHL Draft: Flyers Focus on Ryan Hartman – The Name Says it All

There has been a recent re-emergence of gritty, American leaders marching their teams deep into the playoffs. Last year alone three of the four teams in the Conference Finals were lead by tough, hard-nosed U.S. countrymen: Dustin Brown (LAK); Ryan Callahan (NYR); Zach Parise (NJD). That’s not to say there aren’t many Canadian captains with the same two-way mindset, such as current Flyers captain Claude Giroux. Giroux exemplifies a plethora of characteristics that former Flyers captain and current team Senior Vice President Bobby Clarke possessed when he led the Broad Street Bullies to back-to-back Stanley Cup victories in the 1970’s. …

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Future Flyers Watch: The OHL playoff picture

With all 20 of the teams in the OHL having played 64 or more of their 68 regular season games, the playoff picture is practically set. Of all the Philadelphia Flyers’ prospects currently in the OHL, each player is either already on a team that has clinched a spot for the postseason or they are on a team that is fighting for the final spot available. In the Eastern Conference, Scott Laughton and Colin Suellentrop have helped the Oshawa Generals clinch a playoff spot. The Gens sit third in the conference and sit four points behind the Belleville Bulls, who …

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Phantoms Wake Up Late in Third to Sink Whale

It was like someone turned on a light switch late in the third period, as the Adirondack Phantoms scored 3 goals in the last 5:52 of the game to defeat the Connecticut Whale by a score of 4-3 in front of the 4,205 in attendance at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Eric Wellwood tied the game at 14:37 in the third and Jason Akeson completed his first AHL hat trick with the go-ahead goal. Scott Munroe was as steady as ever, posting 25 saves on the night. Logan Pyett and Benn Ferriero posted goals in the first, and Brandon Segal …

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College Hockey Roundup: UMass-Lowell owns Hockey East; Penn State Holds NCAA Attendance Mark

Two weeks ago, the Hockey East conference appeared to be taking shape with the surprise Merrimack Warriors leading the pack. No. 6 Boston College, No. 4 New Hampshire and No. 18 Providence have battled to stay among the conference’s elite throughout the season, but one team written off by many by December 1st has charged to the front of the line. No. 7 UMass-Lowell entered the 2012-2013 campaign with a new, confident swagger after first-year head coach Norm Bazin orchestrated the greatest NCAA Division I turnaround by a rookie skipper. Bazin returned to his alma mater in 2011 in an …