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Lamentation For Big E

Alas, Big E! Wilst thou ever get the respect you deserve?! Eric Lindros was one of the most talented, ass-kickingest Flyers of all time. Sadly, it looks like his path into the Hall of Fame might be permanently detoured. The mid-90s were the last truly rich time for NHL talent, and the field will just get richer next year with Scott Niedermayer, Rob Blake, Chris Chelios, and Paul Kariya added on. Let us also not forget than Brendan Shanahan and his 1,354 points inexplicably failed to move the enshrinement committee this time around. And so, the hulking man-child from Oshawa, …

Jonathan Quick and Martin Brodeur, courtesy of Getty Images

Flyers West Update: Youth vs. Vet in Net

With all of the different storylines weaved into the Stanley Cup Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils, it’s easy for some to fall through the cracks and not get much attention. But one storyline that seems to have gone with little mention is a major one — the opposites at opposite ends of the ice. The Kings and Devils have both had surprising playoff runs, and a number of different contributors to their success. Two huge factors have been the goaltending of Jonathan Quick for the Kings (12-2-0 with a 1.58 goals-against and a save …

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Behind the Crest: Gordie, Mark, and Azia Howe

Hockey enthusiasts could tell you a thing or two about Gordie and Mark Howe. They know all about “Mr. Hockey” and his son, widely considered to be one of the greatest defensemen of all time. They can give you a laundry list of reasons as to why both men were so deserving of their respective Hall of Fame inductions. But someone very close to them, someone who knows both very well, can’t recall much of their careers. “To be totally honest, I can’t tell you my grandfather’s or father’s stats. I know from other people that they were both great …

Snider inducted into USA Hockey Hall of Fame

It looked like it was going to be a fool’s game, trying to bring professional hockey to a city whose only previous foray was a 4-win team known as the Philadelphia Quakers that lasted one forgettable NHL season in the 1930′s. But Ed Snider, born and raised in Washington, DC, who had never seen a hockey game until his adult years when a friend took him to a game at the old Madison Square Garden, pressed on when one loan officer not attuned to the sport looked him in the eye and said “I don’t think soccer is going to …

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