Five Reasons I Love The Flyers: Kevin Keating

Kevin Keating is a knowledgable hockey fan who I had the pleasure of meeting at development camp. He runs the site What the puck? and you can also follow him on Twitter. He’s a huge fan of the Flyers. Below, he gives up the top five reasons why he loves the organization. 1.  The History I’ve found this to be the most intriguing recently.  While other teams have a rich and historic back catalogue (see:  Canadiens, Maple Leafs etc etc), no one else in this league is still defined by a nickname they earned 40 years ago.  Just a few …

Five Reasons I Love the Flyers: Bob Shinn

Bob Shinn runs the Flyers Hockey Talk page and is a very passionate fan, as you will come to see in his post. You can also follow him on Twitter here. Below, he gives us the five reasons he loves the Flyers. 5. The aura I have been to a sporting event involving every team in this city, except for the Sixers, but I have been to basketball games, and nothing matches the atmosphere of a Philadelphia Flyers’ game. The passion and the attention  are there for 60 minutes. No one is texting or looking for the cameras, waving to someone at home. …

Hard Choices Always Have to be Made

While us penguins continue to wilt in the usual Northeastern Summer heat, pining for the days when a cool iceberg awaits our collectively scorched behinds, thoughts about the upcoming (and too far off) season still seep their way into our Sun-addled brains. This is the first in a five-part series which intends to examine the ways the Flyers front office, though publicly professing to want to win the Cup by any means necessary, just ends up conducting business as usual year in and year out. It could have been said any time over the last 25 years: At the end of the painful …

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 …

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