Downie owns up to 'bad penalty' that cost Flyers

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Downie owns up to 'bad penalty' that cost Flyers

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Steve Downie had already gotten away with a trip, maybe two calls on the same shift when Tobias Enstrom hit the ice.

Maybe it was a hook. Or maybe it was a dive. Either way, the officials were not going to let that slide three times in succession. No way.

And that penalty led to a tying power-play goal that cost the Flyers two points in regulation. They settled for one in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets (see Instant Replay).

“I didn’t think I tripped on the first one. It was just a battle for the puck,” Downie said. “The one by the net was questionable, but the one off the draw, I got my stick up.

“I got to look at it. I didn’t think I pulled it, but my stick was up, so … Once you get your stick up in his glove, they are going to call it every time.”

Some players thought fatigue was a factor in the third period.

“You got to play smart,” Downie said. “We had the chance, we had the opportunity. I took a bad penalty.”

His coach, Craig Berube, would agree. He also didn’t think fatigue was factor in the third or on Downie’s hook.

“Ask him,” Berube said. “Their guy fell. There were times tonight we got tripped too and they didn’t call it.”

Wayne Simmonds was a bit more blunt.

“We have to be smarter with our sticks,” Simmonds said. “If you are not skating, you are reaching. And it gets called. That’s what happened to us.”

Goalie Steve Mason deserved the victory.

“It’s disappointing because we had the lead,” he said. “With six minutes left in the hockey game, we didn’t close it out. Disappointing having that lead and letting it go.”

Philadelphia to host 2016 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony

Philadelphia to host 2016 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony

Philadelphia will host the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Nov. 30.

USA Hockey on Tuesday announced that the Flyers will host the event for the first time.

The 2016 Hall of Fame class includes legendary high school coach Bill Belisle, former NHL forward Craig Janney, and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey team. 

That team featured Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Abington native Mike Richter. It also has a special connection with Philly. The 1996 World Cup of Hockey was the first sporting event played at the CoreStates Center (now the Wells Fargo Center). The U.S. would go on to win the tournament.

“We’re excited to bring the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration to Philadelphia,” Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, said in a statement. “It’s one of our nation’s very top hockey cities, thanks in large part to the decades-long efforts of the late Ed Snider, and fans in the area will enjoy being part of enshrining the Class of 2016. This is always one of the most anticipated events on the calendar each year and we’re grateful for the advance support we’ve received from the Flyers and our Atlantic Affiliate.”

Tuesday also marks 50 days until the Flyers begin their 50th anniversary season. 

Flyers legends Mark Howe, John LeClair to coach All-American Prospects Game in Philadelphia

Flyers legends Mark Howe, John LeClair to coach All-American Prospects Game in Philadelphia

U.S. Hockey Hall of Famers and Flyers legends Mark Howe and John LeClair will go behind the bench next month at the Wells Fargo Center.
 
Both have been selected as head coaches for the 5th annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game here on Sept. 22.
 
This is just one of many events planned at the Wells Fargo Center this season to celebrate the Flyers’ 50th Anniversary.
 
The 7 p.m. faceoff features 42 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2017 NHL draft.
 
Howe and LeClair have combined to represent the U.S. seven times: one Canada Cup, two IIHF World Championships, one World Cup of Hockey and three Olympics. Howe was elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003 and LeClair’s induction occurred in 2009.

Howe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.
 
Tickets for the All-American Prospects Game can be obtained online at  ComcastTIX.com, or by calling 1-800-298-4200, or by visiting the Wells Fargo Center Box office.

Rangers win Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes

Rangers win Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers have won the Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes.

New York announced Friday it agreed to terms on an entry-level deal with the coveted college free agent.

Vesey was the Hobey Baker Award winner as the NCAA's player of the year last season for Harvard. The 23-year-old forward had 24 goals and 22 assists in 33 games.

Originally drafted by the Nashville Predators in the third round of the 2012 draft, Vesey said he wouldn't sign by the Aug. 15 deadline. The Predators traded his rights to the Buffalo Sabres for a third-round pick in the 2016 draft.

Vesey met with several teams this week and ultimately chose to join the Rangers.