Mason mask image via Anthony San Filippo's Twitter account

The Flying Dead: A look at Mason’s Mask

Put down your torches and pitchforks, it’s time to talk about Steve Mason’s new mask. Let me say that, from my 17 years of experience with graphic and web design, I know everyone has their own opinions of what looks good. Today, I am taking a look at Mason’s new mask and pointing out what works and what doesn’t from a personal viewpoint. Philadelphia, more so than most NHL cities, is rich with historic, athletic, and entertainment relevance. One of my favorite things to see in goalie mask designs is when the goalie and designer embrace the team’s city. I …

Cal Heeter was selected for the U.S. National team at the IIHF.  Photo is courtesy of the AHL

Heeter, ex-Flyer Carle make the U.S. World Championship squad

On Thursday afternoon, U.S.A. Hockey announced the names of the first 15 players that will be on the roster for 2013 Men’s National Team at the World Championships, which will be held between two sites, Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden, between May 3-19. Among those chosen are that of current Adirondack Phantoms goalie Cal Heeter and former Flyers defenseman Matt Carle. Heeter has played 32 games in his first season with the Phantoms, going 12-16-3 with a  2.92 goals- against average and a save percentage of .908. Heeter has also logged the most minutes in net for the Phantoms at …

Former Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Antero Niittymaki announced his retirement from professional hockey today.  Photo courtesy of NHL.com

Former Flyers G Niittymaki calls it quits

After a National Hockey League career that included 234 games played, former Flyers goaltender Antero Niittymaki officially retired from the sport on Friday. Niittymaki played seven seasons in the NHL including his first five (2003-04; 2005-09) in  Philadelphia. He retired with a record of 95-86-31, five shutouts, a save percentage of .902 and a goals-against average of 2.95. The 32-year-old goalie was plucked in the 1998 draft by Philadelphia in the sixth round (168th overall). After leaving the Flyers, Niittymaki played in Tampa Bay and San Jose and after playing the 2011-12 season in the American Hockey League for Worcester …