The Phantoms’ schedule may not bring as much excitement as it once did when the team resided in Philadelphia, but here is the full Adirondack schedule for 2009-10. Replacing Hershey as the Phantoms’ geographical rival, will be Albany, who will face the Flyers’ affiliate 12 times.
Monthly Archives: August 2009
Former Flyer Robert Esche may be an NHL outcast, but in Russia, he’s a TV star. Thanks to Kevin Allen from USA Today for the find, Esche is featured in one of four KHL TV commercials, in which it appears he’s in a supermarket stopping food with extremely awkward poses. The video of the commercial has not yet been released.
A special thanks to the Flyers’ Kevin Kurz (@Flyersonthefly) for producing never-before-seen photos of the brand new Ray Emery mask. With a white base color, on the goalie’s left it features Philly boxing legend Bernard Hopkins, with the right side showing boxing Hall of Famer Joe Frazier. The back has Rocky Balboa draped in an American flag, below the text “Razor.”
Emery, a die-hard boxing fan, sported a mask prior to joining the Flyers, featuring pugilist Mike Tyson. That particular helmet caused a stink due to Iron Mike’s complications with the law. Emery has also sported Marvin Hagler and Jack Johnson on his equipment.
Other than being one of the top defenseman in the league, Chris Pronger was brought in by the Flyers to be an active leader and influence for the young core. And with a month still remaining before training camp on Sept. 13, the veteran defender’s job as a role model has already been put in motion.
“I’m usually here around this time trying to start skating and preparing for the season, and doing all the little things that it takes to be ready to go for the start of camp,” Pronger told the Flyers’ Kevin Kurz, about showing up to camp a month early.
It’s too bad Joffrey Lupul couldn’t stick around long enough to party with Ray Emery, because it seems like he could have learned a thing or two.
During prospect camp in late July, fifth-round draft pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft, Nicola Riopel, looked like the most mature goaltender of the bunch. And it seems the Flyers noticed that too.
According to The Times &Transcript, the Flyers have inked Riopel to an entry-level deal. The 20-year is expected to start the season with the Adirondack Phantoms.
Thursday was an emotional day for future Hall of Famer Jeremey Roenick, who officially announced his retirement from the NHL. But what was most important to him, was being able to leave the game he loves on his own.
Roenick, one of just 24 players to score 500 goals and 700 assists in his 20-year career, was an ambassador of the game, on and off the ice. Still a fan favorite around the league, and especially in Philadelphia, Roenick is respected and heralded everywhere he goes and will be missed dearly by the sport.
“I had a great bond with Philly fans, they are blue collar people and I liked to play hard,” Roenick said about his three seasons in Philadelphia. “These were fans I associated myself with and I was so proud to put on a Flyers uniform. Mark Recchi, Keith Primeau, Simon Gagne, are still today, some of my greatest friends.
“It has been the greatest career I could ever possibly have imagined.”
In an official announcement on Wednesday, the Flyers have signed a one-year affiliation deal with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL.
This relationship isn’t brand new for either organization, as both the Flyers and K-Wings were affiliated for three years in the mid-80’s.
“We are pleased to have the Kalamazoo Wings as our ECHL affiliate and look forward to a strong working relationship with them,” GM Paul Holmgren told Philadelphiaflyers.com.
At the conclusion of the 2008-09 season, the former Flyers’ ECHL affiliate, the Mississippi Sea Wolves, went out of business, closing its doors for good.
A Penguins blog called Superstar Treatment, has creatively released a Maxime Talbot “Shhh” tee-shirt, immortalizing one of the more confusing and debated events in recent Flyers – Penguins history.
The description on the site reads , “Relive what was probably one of the best moments, and certainly one of the most unique, in Pens playoff history and show your support!”
But the only thing unique about what took place that day, is how both sides view it.