Snider has high expectations for goalie tandem

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Snider has high expectations for goalie tandem

Ed Snider was in great spirits Friday afternoon at his annual “Meet the Flyers” at XFinity Live!

He said that the sting of failing to make the playoffs last spring dogged on him right into the fall until …“now.”

“Now, I’m excited because we’re starting a new season and it’s going to be a great season,” the Flyers’ chairman said.

Players reported to training camp in very good shape, and those returning from last year’s club feel they owe themselves -- not just the fan base -- to make up for the disappointment after the lockout.

“Last year was definitely a fluke,” Snider said. “Anything that could go wrong did. We didn’t have a great rapport among all our players.”

That was a subtle shot at goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who was bought out and had a number of detractors in the locker room the entire time he was here.

Snider says this team, which added Mark Streit, Ray Emery and Vinny Lecavalier to the mix, is a happier bunch.

“You see the camaraderie now, you feel it,” he said. “We had a golf tournament the other day and the guys were spectacular. I just think we’re in for really wonderful things this year.

“I’m excited about all three newcomers and some of kids … our goaltending situation, I think is solid and I’d be very disappointed if it’s not.”

That would Emery and Steve Mason.

Snider said he could not think of any single issue on the team going into the preseason. Last year, the Flyers were simply dogged by injuries all through the lockout and right into the season.

For now, they are healthy for the most part. Defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon is still having post-concussion syndrome issues. Snider said Bourdon would go on LTIR along with Chris Pronger in October.

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.