Mark, Azia, Ella, and Gordie Howe

Behind the Crest: Gordie, Mark, and Azia Howe

Hockey enthusiasts could tell you a thing or two about Gordie and Mark Howe. They know all about “Mr. Hockey” and his son, widely considered to be one of the greatest defensemen of all time. They can give you a laundry list of reasons as to why both men were so deserving of their respective Hall of Fame inductions. But someone very close to them, someone who knows both very well, can’t recall much of their careers. “To be totally honest, I can’t tell you my grandfather’s or father’s stats. I know from other people that they were both great …

Isa&Claude

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 …

Bernie Parent and daughter Kim

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 …