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Then and Now: Darroll Powe

Darroll Powe endured four years at Princeton University, where he was an alternate captain in 2005-2006 and the team’s captain in 2006-2007, before he signed an AHL contract with the Philadelphia Phantoms in March of 2007. He had two goals and two assists in 11 contests with the Phantoms, as he also compiled 20 PIMs and a minus-3 rating in his first taste of professional hockey. In 2007-2008, Powe spent the entire season with the Phantoms, as he was a member of a squad that finished fourth in the 14-team AHL Eastern Conference with 99 points. Powe finished ninth on …

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Frequent Flyer Miles: Syvret traded to New York, Fedotenko and Kane leave for KHL, Nodl out in Carolina

There weren’t a lot of noteworthy former Philadelphia Flyers involved in transactions this week, but there were several lesser known former Flyers that moved and a lengthy list of former Phantoms that signed with different teams. The biggest news could surround the tandem of Jaromir Jagr and Danny Briere. Jagr, who was told by Peter Chiarelli and the Boston Bruins last week he wouldn’t return to the team for next season, could return to the 2013 Eastern Conference champions, as Chiarelli said it’s possible they could contact the veteran forward for his services if need be. As for Briere, the …

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Then and Now: Johan Backlund

After spending three seasons with Timra IK in the SEL, now the SHL, Johan Backlund signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers’ organization in the summer of 2009. The deal gave the undrafted goaltender $100,000 in the AHL and $800,000 in the NHL. In his first campaign in North American leagues, Backlund took part in 41 AHL games with the Adirondack Phantoms, as well as a pair of games for the Orange and Black. Although seven goalies did work in the Phantoms’ crease during the 2009-2010 season, Backlund had the most starts on the team with 41. Backlund had …

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The Wedge, or how to continually fail in the business and still succeed

It’s a simple question that we all wrestle with from time to time. How do you know when you’ve “made it?” I’ve been credentialed with the Flyers on a steady basis with several outlets since 2005. I’ve worked in all levels of the game, from calling high school hockey in the Lower Bucks league for a radio station owned by Merrill Reese on up to throwing elbows with the best and the worst in the biz in a crowded, sweaty host locker room during a playoff series involving the Pittsburgh Penguins. My work has been published online in the United …

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Royals bring down Thunder, take Kelly Cup with Game 5 victory

For the first time in 12 seasons, the King of the Jungle will get to wear his crown and roar some approval from the Schuylkill Valley to the Pacific Ocean. Brett Flemming, Ian O’Connor, T.J. Syner and Stan Galiev rippled the net in a four-goal second-period burst which helped Reading to a 6-0 victory over the Stockton Thunder, giving the Royals a Game 5 triumph and their first Kelly Cup title. Syner added a pair of assists and was a game-best plus-5, elevating his league-best total to plus-22. For the visitors, who endured a minor setback on Friday with a …