Monthly Archives: January 2012

Snider Happy With Winter Classic Despite Flyers Loss

CITIZENS BANK PARK — It wasn’t the conclusion Ed Snider wanted, but even a heartbreaking Flyers loss to the rival New York Rangers on Monday couldn’t damper the chairman’s feelings about the Philadelphia-hosted Winter Classic.

“It was an incredible weekend for the city, for the fans,” said Snider, from the Phillies’ clubhouse in the bowels of Citizens Bank Park. “And I think everyone had a great time until the end. We would have liked to have won the game, but I’m proud at how the team played, we had opportunities to win it and I think we played very well. It’s a long season and I’m not disappointed.”

Pulling in 46,967 fans for the primary event would have been viewed as a rousing success for the Flyers and NHL, who co-hosted the event. But with 45,808 fans also entering the building for Saturday’s Flyers—Rangers alumni game, Snider believes the Philadelphia fans sent the fifth annual Winter Classic weekend to new heights.

“It came off better than I could have imagined,” said Snider. “The alumni game was a sell out and it set a new standard for the league. We are really proud of of our fans.

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The Wait is Over for Brayden Schenn

CITIZENS BANK PARK – It took 18 career games, a myriad of injuries to push through and a hockey stage never before seen in Philadelphia.

But in story tale fashion, in the second period of Monday’s Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park, Brayden Schenn earned his much anticipated and highly memorable first NHL goal.

“When it went in I kind of blacked out,” said Schenn, whose efforts were thwarted by a third-period Flyers collapse and eventual 3-2 Rangers win. “I got so excited. It’s good to get it out of the way and it was especially nice with my family in town and I’m sure my brother [Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn] was watching, too.”

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Lindros Saga Finds Magical Conclusion

CITIZENS BANK PARK — The joyous smile plastered on Eric Lindros’ face after Saturday Alumni Game at Citizens Bank Park was matched only in magnitude by the ear-to-ear grins of a nostalgic Philly crowd, that stood in awe and ovation as their exiled son finally returned home.

“It was just a great experience,” said Lindros, now 38. “It was wonderful to go out for the celebration and the support of the guys when they came out of the locker room, it was really special. It was a fun afternoon.”

Before the eyes of the city, in a game celebrating the history of hockey in Philadelphia in which the Flyers defeated the New York Rangers alumi, 3-1, the long-awaited return of Lindros in his customary Flyers logo, was an iconic and surreal moment for Flyers hockey.

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