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World Championship Day 1 – Voracek scores, Gustafsson plays top D role

With the World Championships underway and a large number of current and former Flyers taking part, I wanted to provide quick updates of the tournament which will be focused mainly on current and former Flyers players. Yesterday three Flyers got a chance to play for their respective national teams – Jake Voracek, Erik Gustafsson and Marcel Noebels. Czech Republic – Belarus 2-0 Jake Voracek 1 goal 0 assists (PPG) Team Czech Republic hasn’t lost in the World Championship opening game for as long as I can remember. They proved that yesterday against Belarus. The game was a bit boring but …

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Then and Now: Mika Pyorala

Mika Pyorala was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers in June of 2009. Even though the Finn never played a game in the NHL, the Flyers believed Pyorala proved himself enough in the SM-liiga and Elitserien to earn a shot in North America. With a cap hit of $500,000 for the 2009-2010 season, Pekka Rinne’s brother-in-law posted pretty decent numbers for the Flyers and the Phantoms. In his 36 games with the Orange and Black, Pyorala had two goals and two assists. His first goal as a Flyer was important, as he potted one in a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on November …