A “Propp”er hockey show coming to Philly

In a move which will no doubt make our fearless Leader Marcello D ecstatic… PHILADELPHIA, PA – (NOVEMBER 1, 2011) – WMCN44 is pleased to announce another new addition to its original programming line-up with “Propper Hockey,” featuring NHL legend Brian Propp and hosted by local sportscaster Lou Tilley. Brian and Lou team up to analyze and entertain as they “check” the Flyers with their weekly guests, including current and former players.  The hour-long show will air on WMCN44 on Wednesday nights at 9:00pm throughout the NHL’s regular season. “We’re thrilled to offer our viewers this new show that will …

David Wilkinson: Bringing sports memories to life

As a Flyers fan of a certain age, I can only imagine what it would have been like for David Wilkinson to be sitting at his kitchen table, across from one Brian Propp. If you are a fan over the age of 30, you may remember “Propper” as the hard- working slick-skating forward for the Flyers who bridged the gap between the end of the Broad Street Bullies Era and the Mike Keenan/Paul Holmgren years, or possibly as one of the team’s radio broadcasters in recent years. The events that led to this meeting trace back to Berlin, New Jersey. …

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 …

The Lost Season

Nursing the heartbreak of a Stanley-Cup caliber Flyers season that came to a screeching halt with a stupefying early playoff exit is a rare and beautiful thing. Although the Flyers have prided themselves on not shitting the bed in the postseason after being near the top of the NHL standings, it has been known to occur every once in a blue moon. Like in the early 1980′s. Tucked in between the Year of the Streak that ended in a loss to the Islanders in the Finals and the Mike Keenan-led surprise 1985 Cup finalists, was four deeply disappointing years that saw a …

Happy Chelios Revenge Day!

Hard to believe it was 22 years ago today that Ron Hextall really lost it for the first time in his career. Unlike his slash across the back of Kent Nilsson’s legs in Game 4 of the ’87 Finals against Edmonton that was a spur-of-the-moment brain cramp, Hextall’s attack on Montreal Canadiens defenseman Chris Chelios in the waning moments of Game 6 in the 1989 Wales Conference Finals was payback for a specific incident earlier in the series. In Game 1 at Montreal, in the second period, Chelios unloads onto Flyers forward Brian Propp: Even though we’ve been desensitized to …

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