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Then and Now: Niko Dimitrakos

Before suffering a groin injury in the middle of February this season, Tom Sestito had played in 14 games for the Philadelphia Flyers posting an assist and 83 PIMs. The Orange and Black obtained Sestito in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets in February of 2011, where the Flyers shipped Greg Moore and Michael Chaput to Ohio in exchange for the hulking forward. Columbus was able to draft Sestito with the third-round pick they acquired in a draft-day deal with the San Jose Sharks in 2004, which sent a fourth-rounder in 2006 and a second-rounder in 2007 San Jose’s …

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This Week in Flyers History 3/11-3/17

Welcome to another weekly edition of This Week in Flyers History, which seeks to fill in the gaps in fans’ collective memories and to give them a hand up when their friends question their hockey knowledge. March 11, 1976 Flyers 6, Sabres 1 — Bobby Clarke picks up his 100th point of the season — for the third and last time in his career — during this Spectrum rout of Buffalo. He finished the game with two helpers. March 11, 1979 Flyers 6, Kings 3 — Marcel Dionne nets his 50th goal and the hosts tally three times in the …

This Week in Flyers History 2/12-2/18

The continuation of a new weekly series here at Flyers Faithful, “This Week in Flyers History” aims to provide historical information on Flyers games of the past with some kind of significance, using pictures and videos where appropriate. February 12, 1984 Canucks 6, Flyers 5 – Despite a 20-4 shot edge in the first period and leads of 2-0, 3-1 and 5-3, Philly allows Vancouver to score three straight in the third period to win, culminating when Tiger Williams tallied with 1:56 remaining in regulation. Pelle Lindbergh, who surrendered six goals on just 29 shots, is in the midst of suffering …

Five Reasons I Love the Flyers: Matthew Brigidi

Matthew Brigidi is a dedicated fan of the Flyers and a season ticket holder in section 223. He writes for The Checking Line and you can follow him on Twitter. Below, he gives us the top reasons he loves the Flyers. 5. The Legion of Doom I was born in 1988, so by the time I was old enough to comprehend the names of players, John LeClair, Eric Lindros and Mikael Renberg had come together as the Legion of Doom. As an eight-year-old in 1996 I didn’t understand that this was a new thing; I had thought that the three …

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. …

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