Quick Hits: November 25, 2020
1) The monthly "Prospect Pipeline" show on Flyers Broadcast Network has returned for its first (post-2020 Draft special) edition of the 2020-21 season. Brian Smith and I run down the seasons to date of the players and leagues that are underway during the pandemic, with focuses on the likes of Cam York, the players at Team Canada's WJC evaluation camp (Tyson Foerster and Mason Millman), German Rubtsov, David Kase, Elliot Desnoyers' outstanding start in the QMJHL and much more. The episode should post shortly and be accessed via Apple, Spotify,Google Play, Tune In or Stitcher. For more information, click here
2) Flyers Hall of Fame week on the Flyers Daily Show and the Flyers' official website continues today. On Flyers Daily, Jason Myretetus and I have a 50-minute conversation with Bill Barber
. Next up on Flyers.NHL.com is a look at the case for Kimmo Timonen to be included in the Flyers Hall of Fame. The "Case for..." series will also include Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell.
3) Congratulations go out to Legion of Doom right winger Mikael Renberg for earning his Master's Degree in Sports and Health Sciences from GIH in Stockholm. Even during his playing days in the NHL, Renberg expressed an interest in someday going back to school and obtaining a college degree. He said that, had he not played professional hockey, he'd have gone to college. After his playing days, he first studied at Komvux in his hometown of Piteå and then attended the Luleå Institute of Technology
. After relocating to Stockholm, he completed his studies at GIF and recently passed his comprehensive exams to earn his Master's Degree.
4) On November 22, 2020, Brad Marsh and Bob Kelly led the annual Flyers Alumni food drive -- turkey and all the fixings -- from the Wells Fargo Center to St. Francis Inn in Kensington. Special thanks, as always, go to Sysco Foods for donating the food provisions that we delivered. This holiday season, more than ever, it is important not to forget those who are less fortunate than ourselves.
5) Speaking of the Bob Kelly, today is the Hound's 70th birthday. member of both Flyers Stanley Cup championship teams (1973-74 and 1974-75), Kelly spent a decade in orange and black without ever playing a single game in the minor leagues. Off the ice, Kelly's good-natured sense of humor and outgoing personality made him a favorite of teammates, fans, and reporters alike. A consummate team player, Kelly was a sparkplug in the Flyers Stanley Cup engine.
Kelly scored the most important goal of his career in Game 6 of the 1975 Stanley Cup Final agains the Buffalo Sabres. With the Flyers leading the Buffalo Sabres 3 games to 2 in the Stanley Cup Finals, they entered the third period of Game 6 in a scoreless deadlock. In the opening minute of the third period, Flyers coach Fred Shero sicked the Hound on the Sabres. Kelly pounced on huge Sabres defenseman Jerry "King Kong" Korab behind the Buffalo net, jarring the puck free. He then swooped out in front of the net and beat Sabres" goalie Roger Crozier for his 3rd goal of the playoffs and the biggest goal of his career.