Then and Now: Janne Niinimaa

What do Chris Pronger, Kimmo Timonen, and Janne Niinimaa all have in common? They were all drafted in the 1993 NHL Entry draft. How many were drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers? Only Janne Niinimaa. Pronger went second, to the Hartford Whalers, while Timonen could be considered the hidden gem of the draft going 250nd to the Los Angeles Kings. Well, we know what Pronger and Timonen are doing with their careers now, but what about Niinimaa? Before the aforementioned question is answered, let us remember Niinimaa’s brief time spent in Philly. Spending three seasons with Jokerit in the SM-liiga after …

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 …

Former Flyer Kevin Dineen named head coach with Florida

The Florida  Panthers named former Philadelphia Flyers forward Kevin Dineen the 11th head coach in franchise history on Wednesday. The  47-year-old  Dineen replaces Peter DeBoer, who was fired on April 10 after three seasons at the helm. Last year, the Panthers finished with the worst record in  the Eastern Conference  at 30-40-12 and missed the playoffs for the 10th straight time. In six seasons behind the bench with the Portland Pirates of the American  Hockey League, Dineen compiled a 266-155-59 mark. The Pirates won the Atlantic Division this past season before losing to Binghamton in  the second round of the …

Five Reasons I love the Flyers: David Strehle

David Strehle covers the Philadelphia Flyers for NHL Hot Stove and he may be one of the most welcoming and easily likable people on Twitter. He is also a diehard fan of the Flyers. Below, he gives us the five reasons he loves the Flyers. 5. The fans In all sports, there are fans of teams that are described as loyal and even passionate.  Philadelphia sports fans in general have a certain stigma throughout the sports world, but Philly hockey fans take the meaning of “fan” to another level.  The Flyers faithful have been named the craziest in the NHL by The Hockey News, and they might just …

Rod the Bod

Since we clearly never got around to giving Rod Brind’Amour the coverage he deserves, we offer to you, without comment, the following images: