The Flyers demote Shayne Gostisbehere to the Phantoms

The Flyers demote Shayne Gostisbehere to the Phantoms. The move will clear a roster spot for Vinny Lecavalier, who will return to the lineup against the Panthers after missing seven games with a left foot injury. Gostisbehere had no points and was minus-2 in two games with the Flyers.


Flyers fans speak out loud on Twitter. The Flyers in need of a W, start the season 0-2. On the bright side, TGIF everyone!

flyers Reports: Flyers – 40 Years without Stanley Cup

It’s only October 2, and the haters are starting. As reported by, Flyers at 40 years without Stanley Cup title. Can someone, anyone, be positive?

Oh, they did mention that Claude Giroux was returning for Tuesday’s game. That was positive.

The Flyers start the season against the Bruins on October 8 at 7:30pm in Boston.

Let’s Go Flyers!


Scott Hartnell says “Thank You Philly!”

Scott Hartnell was traded to the Blue Jackets on Monday for R.J. Umberger. Ron Hextall seems to be clearing house in the front office. Ron Hextall asked Hartnell’s agent Dean Grillo to waive his no-movement clause with the thought that Philadelphia didn’t want him any longer. Despite leaving on bad terms in Philadelphia, Scott Hartnell is a true Flyer for life in my mind. Hartnell will always have a love for Philadelphia even if he got a kick in the ass.


BREAKING: The Reading Royals affiliation update with the Flyers

Here’s the latest from the news conference with the Reading Royals affiliation with the Flyers. This was in my inbox.

For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Reading Royals Ink Affiliation Agreement with Philadelphia Flyers
Royals Hockey Joins Forces with Flyers for the First Time in Team History

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals of the ECHL and Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League today jointly announced that they have entered into an affiliation arrangement under which the Royals will receive players designated for assignment within the professional hockey operations development system of the Flyers. This marks the first time that the Royals and Flyers have entered a formal affiliation relationship.

“We’re very excited to announce our new affiliation with the Philadelphia Flyers,” said Royals President Drew Bell. “The Royals are committed to achieving excellence in in all facets our operations, and we’re confident that by joining forces with the Flyers and the Phantoms of the AHL we’re taking a significant positive step in that direction. We see this as a perfect fit for our team, as both organizations have a proven track record of winning and are supported by legendarily passionate fans. We look forward to teaming up with what is unquestionably the region’s premier hockey organization as we all work towards strengthening and growing interest in and support for professional hockey in Southeast Pennsylvania.”

“We are pleased to announce an ECHL affiliation agreement with the Reading Royals,” said Flyers’ general manager Ron Hextall. “We’re excited to be entering a new era for the Flyers with respect to player development and look forward to working closely with them in a winning environment. The geographic proximity of our minor league affiliations in the Lehigh Valley and Reading will give our coaches and scouting department the best possible platform to monitor, and promote the growth and advancement of our young prospects.”

“I’m looking forward to working with the Flyers coaching and scouting staffs,” said Royals’ Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Larry Courville. “Our goal in Reading has not changed—to put a championship team on the ice. A big part of our success is linked to having an affiliate who is committed to stocking their minor professional system with young, talented players and getting these players as much game time as possible in the early phases of their career. Of course, I’m sure our fans will enjoy watching the Flyers’ prospects assigned to Reading as they pursue their goal of advancing to the highest level of the game, while helping us achieve our team goal of winning another ECHL championship.”

The Flyers, who joined the NHL as part of the six team expansion in 1967 and play home games at Wells Fargo Center in south Philadelphia, hold an overall, historic win percentage at .578, which is second only to the Montreal Canadiens as the best ever in the NHL. The Flyers, who won back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and 1975, have qualified for playoffs in thirty-seven of the team’s forty-six seasons and have made it to the Stanley Cup Finals eight times, most recently in 2010 when the Flyers were defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Flyers American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, is slated to kick off the team’s first season in Allentown, Pennsylvania, this fall. It is expected that the Royals will work closely with the Phantoms with respect to player movement within the Flyers’ minor professional development system. A number of players currently on the Flyers’ roster are products of that system, including goaltender Cal Heeter and forward Jason Akeson, both of whom played for the Trenton Titans of the ECHL in 2012-13.

The Royals, who are entering the team’s fourteenth season in Reading, have qualified for the post-season nine times, including the last five consecutively. The Royals, who won the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Championship in 2013, tied a team record with forty-six regular season wins this past season to claim the team’s second consecutive Eastern Conference regular season title. Although the Royals have never been formally affiliated with the Flyers, the team did receive two contracted players from Philadelphia on assignment in 2013-14, goaltender Carsen Chubak and forward Doug Clarkson.

From the Royals’ inception in 2001 through 2008, the team was primarily affiliated with the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL and the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL. From 2008-09 through 2011-12, the Royals were affiliated with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL and the Toronto Marlies of the AHL and, beginning in 2009-10, the Royals added a secondary affiliation with the Boston Bruins of the NHL. The past two seasons the Royals have been affiliated with the Washington Capitals of the NHL and the Hershey Bears of the AHL.

What Is Your Level Of Optimism Philly?

In this four part blog report we will measure your level of optimism with regards to our four great passions……Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers. And as always your opinions are of vital importance, so please weigh in on a topic , or on all four! Look for this special blog report in the next few days.

BREAKING NEWS: The Reading Royals to announce affiliation with Flyers

According to sources, The Reading Royals will announce affiliation with Flyers at a news conference on Wednesday at 11am. The Reading Royals are currently affiliated with the Washington Capitals and the AHL’s Hershey Bears.

I’m very happy to see this transition happen. I have been waiting for this for awhile now.


UPDATE from email:

For Immediate Release:< Friday, May 30, 2014 Contact: Mark Thompson, Reading Royals Broadcaster and Director of Media Relations Cell: 484-400-3565
The Reading Royals of the ECHL and the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL invite all members of the working media to a Media Conference on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 11:00 am at Santander Arena (Main Lobby), 700 Penn Street, Reading, PA (610-898-7825″>19602 (610-898-7825).

The Media Conference will address an affiliation agreement reached between the Royals and Flyers. The Royals will also announce several new marketing and ticket programs for the 2014-15 ECHL season.

Speakers from the Royals are expected to be team President Drew Bell, Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Larry Courville, and Vice-President of Sales and Marketing Mark Wallace.

Speakers from the Flyers are expected to be team President Paul Holmgren, Chief Operating Officer of Business Operations Shawn Tilger, and Assistant General Manager Barry Hanrahan,

All speakers will conduct a question and answer session and will also be available for individual interviews.

Light refreshments will be served.

WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014

11:00 am UNTIL 12:00 noon



700 Penn Street, Reading, PA 19602


Please note that all media members attending the Media Conference should enter Santander Arena through the Loading Dock Security Entrance (western end of Santander Arena)

Speakers Expected Include:

Royals President Drew Bell

Royals Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Larry Courville

Royals Vice-President of Sales and Marketing Mark Wallace

Flyers President Paul Holmgren

Flyers Chief Operating Officer of Business Operations Shawn Tilger

Flyers Assistant General Manager Barry Hanrahan

The Royals respectfully request that all media members direct SPECIAL REQUESTS to:

Mark Thompson (484-400-3565)

Flyers lose, fan gives the Rangers some philly love

The Rangers pick up the win in game 3 in Philadelphia 4-1.

This Flyers fan shows brotherly love to the Rangers:




Your Flyers’ season leaders

Claude Giroux – 24 goals

Claude Giroux – 51 assists

Scott Hartnell – 10 Plus/Minus

Zac Rinaldo – 132 PIM

Steven Mason – 30 wins


How many Tastykake Juniors does it take to cover a ice hockey rink?

The Wells Fargo Center seats 19,519. That would almost be 8.85 Tastykake Juniors for each seat.




(Source: Reading Eagle Newspaper)

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