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Focus on the Faithful: Superfan – Ed “Troll” Kelly

I know what you’re thinking, “I’m the Superfan!” or “I know who the real Superfan is!” I won’t sit here on my high perch and cast judgement on your claims. As a matter of fact, if you think that you or someone you know are worthy of a Focus, shoot me an email at jimmytrashtalk@yahoo.com (subject: Focus on the Faithful), explain what makes you stand out and I’ll immortalize you here at Flyers Faithful. Until then, I’d like to introduce you, to someone dubbed. “Superfan” by some of the Flyers themselves, Ed Kelly. I first met Ed when I worked …

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Balls and a Blueprint: Inside the Mind of the Flyers’ Mad Scientist

Some call him a genius. Some call him insane. Most people call him Homer. I refer to him as the Mad Scientist. If you hadn’t caught on by now, I’m talking about Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, also known as the man who was passed over for GM of the Year. I believe it is safe to say that Holmgren has officially made this Flyers team his own (and secured his job for a few more seasons). The craziest of crazies took place on June 23 in the Flyers much-publicized, much-maligned trades of cornerstone centers Mike Richards (captain) and Jeff …

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Behind the Crest: Claude and Isabelle Giroux

Claude Giroux is a bona fide NHL superstar. Those previously unaware of his skills are not so anymore, not after an incredible regular season where he scored 93 points. He’s this season’s Flyers MVP by far, and is most likely next in line to become team captain. But behind the slick moves, the nice suits, and the superstar swag lies a kid of just 24 who is a brother first and a star second to big sister Isabelle. Isabelle, who gained some notoriety of her own when her boyfriend Eric proposed to her on the ice at Citizens Bank Park …

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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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Five Reasons I Love the Flyers: Rich DiPiero

Rich DiPiero grew up in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia and has been a hockey player and a Flyers fan his whole life. As a kid, his favorite player was Eric Lindros. Below, he gives us the top five reasons he loves the Flyers. 5. History While it is still one of the “younger” franchises in the NHL, over time since its establishment in 1967, the Flyers have created a great story line. Winning two Stanley Cups before the franchise turned 10 years old. With a gritty, hard-working style of play allowed Philadelphians to be easily drawn to The Broad Street Bullies. …

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