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Never give up, never stop fighting

It was two years ago today that I experienced something in my life that will change me forever. Although I saw it coming for awhile, it was the events that occurred and led up to it that make it such a hard thing to move on from. One thing that has helped me through it has been hockey. Throughout my childhood, my dad purchased partial season tickets for the Philadelphia Flyers and NHL Center Ice so we could see our favorite team despite living in Maryland. We did as much as we could to see the Flyers, even though it …

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Then and Now: Andreas Nodl

The Philadelphia Flyers had three draft picks in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft: Andreas Nodl, Michael Ratchuk, and Denis Bodrov. Both Ratchuk and Bodrov never played a game in the NHL, but Nodl turned out to be a serviceable player for Philly for a few seasons. Picked before a lengthy list of productive players later in the second round, such as Milan Lucic and Keith Seabrook, Nodl is struggling to make it in the NHL as a 26-year-old winger. After finishing his second season at St. Cloud State University in 2007-2008, Nodl joined the Philadelphia Phantoms for a trio of …

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Former Flyers Watch, Week 7: Conference Finals Wrap-Up, Stanley Cup Final Begins

Boston’s Dennis Seidenberg skates against Chicago’s Jonathan Toews in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Seidenberg has been one of the Bruins’ unsung heroes during this postseason. Read on to see how his fellow former Flyers fared in Week 7 of the playoffs. Chicago Blackhawks vs. Boston Bruins – Blackhawks lead series 1-0 Patrick Sharp: It seems like Patrick Sharp’s postseason prowess has lost some of its edge, as he has now gone four games without recording a point. He won 80% of his faceoffs in Game 1 against the Bruins, and took eight shots, though he failed to …

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Then and Now: Nikolay Zherdev

Many of the biggest names in today’s NHL were selected in the first round of the 2003 draft. After Marc-Andre Fleury, Eric Staal, and Nathan Horton were picked with the first three overall picks, the Columbus Blue Jackets picked Nikolay Zherdev. Thomas Vanek, Milan Michalek, and Ryan Suter were the next three players to be picked after Zherdev, as the group of Braydon Coburn, Dion Phaneuf, Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown, Brent Seabrook, Zach Parise, Ryan Getzlaf, Brent Burns, Ryan Kesler, Mike Richards, Brian Boyle, and Corey Perry were also taken in the opening round of the draft 10 years ago. …

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Former Flyers Watch, Week 6: Conference Finals Begin, Jagr Comes Alive

It took a while, but Jaromir Jagr finally found a spark and has scored three points in his last two games. Read on to learn how his fellow former Flyers have fared in Week 6. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins – Bruins lead series 3-0 Jaromir Jagr: After going six straight games without recording a point, Jagr finally found a spark and has three points (all assists)  in his last two games against Pittsburgh. His work along the boards – battling Evgeni Malkin for the puck and winning – was a key part of the game-winning goal for Boston in …