Ben Holmstrom leaves the ice after a morning skate the day of the AHL Outdoor Classic in January. 
Photo by Tim McManus

Holmstrom’s loss a serious one. So now what?

After covering the Phantoms for three years, I thought I had a pretty good idea of how they go about their business. But the organization surprised me Thursday by issuing a statement addressing Ben Holmstrom’s knee injury and upcoming surgery. I can’t speak for the Philadelphia years, but that’s an unprecedented step since the move to Glens Falls in 2009. I can’t recall the team making any official comment on injuries, and there have been a few significant ones. Johan Backlund, the team’s 2009-10 MVP, missed large chunks of time. Krys Kolanos — don’t laugh, he was a big AHL deal …


BC’s Gaudreau a “hometown boy does good” story not destined for Philly

If ever there was a player destined to suit up for the Philadelphia Flyers, it’s Boston College freshman forward Johnny Gaudreau. The first-year sensation was born in Carneys Point, New Jersey – and for now is the second most famous name to come from the Salem County town nestled on the Delaware River – on a day of incredible luck for his hometown Philadelphia Phillies. On August 13, 1993, the Phils were on the verge of completing one of the most surprising regular seasons in franchise history, rolling out to a 73-42 record and leading the NL East by a …