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Five Reasons I Love the Flyers: Dan Miller

Dan Miller is a State Farm Agent living in South Jersey. He grew up in Delaware County and disliked the Penguins before he liked the Flyers. Even as a kid, he thought a Penguin was a stupid men’s professional team mascot. He spent his youth skating at the Skatium in Havertown. Murray Craven taught him a proper wrist shot at Cobbs Creek rink the same night he offered to “go” with Dave Schultz. Below, he gives us the top five reasons he loves the Flyers. 5. Gene Hart My Dad was a football fan. Gene Hart taught me hockey. How …

The top ten Flyers storylines of 2011

Now that 2012 is nearly a week old, we will take one last look at some of the biggest events that occurred during the 2011 calendar year. Ahhh, nostalgia. 10. Flyers fail to show up for 2011 playoffs Injuries limited Chris Pronger to 50 regular season and three playoff games during the 2010-2011 season. Nikolay Zherdev was a riddle wrapped in an enigma and battered in an average 1.29 goals per 60 minutes. The team was plagued with alleged locker room issues, tales of hard-partying stars, and the lack of a clear-cut starting goalie (despite the fact that both Sergei …

Reevaluating (New Year and such)

I sit here with my cup of coffee (diluted with peppermint mocha creamer cause that’s how I roll) and look at my calendar that shows December with an old-fashioned painting of a hockey scene (gift from my dad last Christmas). Next to me is the 2012 calendar, this time with photos of the Flyers. It’s weird enough that Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, and Darroll Powe are all taking space in said calendar, but as I still like all three of them and miss them to some extent, I don’t mind. It’s almost a new year. 2012 supposedly will bring the …

How I learned to stop worrying and love the Alumni Game

When Mario Lemieux, Dino Ciccarelli, and company hit the ice for the 2011 “Legends Game”, I could barely muster enough energy to shrug my shoulders in apathy. As a hockey fan, it was nice to see some of the game’s great players — including a couple of former Flyers — gather from different generations to play together but my interest did not extend much further than that. I had no connection to the game. These were players who battled against the Flyers and their most notable accomplishments generally held some correlation to Philadelphia’s shortcomings. The game felt contrived, a bunch …

The Numbers Game

October 7, 1990. An otherwise unremarkable day in the history of the universe. In hockey circles, It was the Philadelphia Flyers’ 1990-91 home opener, played against the Detroit Red Wings after opening the year with two straight losses at Boston and New Jersey. In and of itself, that 7-2 victory played out in front of a sell-out crowd wasn’t notable, unless you count falling behind 2-0 early and then scoring seven straight goals. What did make it special was, it was the official retirement ceremony for Bill Barber’s #7. Honored first towards the tail end of the 1985-86 season for his 13 years …

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