Category Archives: Philadelphia Flyers

Is Ron Hextall too high-strung to guide the Flyers?

Ron Hextall has established a patient approach for the Philadelphia Flyers, but is he too high-strung to do so? (Buzz on Broad)

Ron Hextall has established a patient approach for the Philadelphia Flyers, but is he too high-strung to do so? (Buzz on Broad)

When Ron Hextall took over the Flyers’ general manager duties in May, he stressed a patient approach to a Stanley Cup. Rather than big trades and free-agent frenzies, he established a desire to build through the draft, and groom the team’s younger prospects.

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McDavid in the Metro? Metro Division Weekly Review

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We’re a quarter of the way through the 2014-15 season, and things aren’t looking too hot for the Metropolitan Division these days, as four clubs are placed 24th or below in the NHL-wide standings. If this holds up, can a game-changer like Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel wind up in the division come June? Read more

Pens, Isles now tied for first – Metro Division Recap – Week 8

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The Islanders had something to say about the Penguins being in first place in the Metro Division, as both teams met twice in home-and-home action. Recapping the week that was: Read more

Flyers, Rangers trade places: Metro Division Recap – Week 7

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Several Metro Division teams switched places in the standings over the course of the week. The Flyers and Rangers are the most notable, as the Flyers sat third this time last week while the Rangers were in sixth. Read more

A new postgame tradition in Philly?

Steve Mason (left) and Michael Del Zotto have each received Colby's Cap, which awards a player of the game while honoring a fallen Iraq War soldier. (David Strehle via Twitter)

Steve Mason (left) and Michael Del Zotto have each received Colby’s Cap, which awards a player of the game while honoring a fallen Iraq War soldier. (David Strehle via Twitter)

Look, postgame traditions are nothing new in hockey. Whether or not its a pizza party after a peewee tournament, or a way to celebrate the best players in NHL games, postgame traditions are far from uncommon.

The Arizona Coyotes have a customized WWE title belt. The New York Rangers have their Broadway hat. Countless teams give out a game puck. The list goes on for the various creative ways that teams reward impact players.

The Philadelphia Flyers became the latest team to embrace that trend — as they’ve found a way that celebrates seminal players while honoring a fallen soldier in the Iraq War.

This season, the Flyers have distributed “Colby’s Cap” to their player of the game, after wins. It garnered particular attention during Thursday’s win over Florida — a game that the Flyers wore camouflage sweaters during warmups as part of “Military Appreciation Month” celebrations.

But who exactly is “Colby,” and what does his cap have to do with the Orange and Black?

First Lt. Colby J. Umbrell was a Doylestown, Bucks County, Pa. (approximately an hour’s drive from Wells Fargo Center) native, who was killed in the line of duty in the Iraq War in 2007. When Craig Berube attended a Memorial Day parade in Doylestown this year, he got the idea to honor a fallen soldier during a Flyers game this year. As per Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer,

The idea was hatched when Flyers coach Craig Berube attended the Memorial Day parade in Doylestown and told his friend Bill Goldman that he would like to start some military tradition with the team. Goldman, a Doylestown attorney, later contacted Umbrell’s family.

 

The cap is given out to a player that truly contributes to a Flyers win, even if it isn’t necessarily reflected in the scoresheet. As Carchidi’s report continues,

Before Thursday’s game against Florida on Military Appreciation Night, Berube said he wanted to honor someone “who puts it on the line all the time.” He added that the cap is “not just awarded for points. It’s not just given out to, say, Claude Giroux if he gets three points. It’s more than that. It’s for somebody who did something for the team, showed courage. A team guy. Like those guys” in the military.

Steve Mason and Michael Del Zotto are several of the cap’s recipients thus far. First Lt. Umbrell’s family also had the opportunity to meet with the team after a recent practice at their Voorhees, N.J. facility.

Unique postgame traditions, and honoring heroes are universal concepts throughout the world of professional sports. The Philadelphia Flyers found a crafty way to do both.

Michael Del Zotto and his off-ice antics aren’t helping him

Michael Del Zotto was recently blasted on Twitter by adult film star Lisa Ann, who he's been associated with during his time in New York. (Deadspin)

Michael Del Zotto was recently blasted on Twitter by adult film star Lisa Ann, who called him “the most annoying texter in the history of [her] life, in a series of tweets. (Deadspin)

Time after time, distractions will pop up throughout professional sports. The NHL is no exception. Who said balancing a private life with a multimillion-dollar, public-eye contract was easy?

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Shuffle in the standings: Metro Division recap – Week 4

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We’re coming up on the end of the 2014-15 season’s first month. This week, the standings have slightly shifted. We look now at the week that was in the Metro Division: Read more

Islanders continue run on top: Metro Division recap week 3

StandingsWeek3We go around the Metro to look at the week that was. The Islanders continue their run atop the Metro standings, while the Hurricanes are making their case for Connor McDavid, as the league’s only remaining winless team. Read more

Sorry Wayne Simmonds, but the Flyers and Rangers have always been “out for blood”

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The seven-game series between the Flyers and Rangers last year was their first playoff meeting in 17 years. (New York Daily News)

Wayne Simmonds offered a fierce take on the Flyers/Rangers rivalry, with the 2014-15 season less than two weeks away:

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