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Quick Hits: Ustimenko Signed, OHL Finals, Gudas, Fleischman and More

May 1, 2019 - 12:29 PM ET

Quick Hits: May 1, 2019 1) On Wednesday morning, the Flyers announced the signing of 20-year-old goaltending prospect Kirill Ustimenko to an entry-level contract. Drafted by the Flyers in the third round of the 2017 NHL Draft (80th overall), Ustimenko has been a dominant workhorse of a goaltender...

Quick Hits: Giroux, TIFH, and More

May 2, 2019 - 7:48 AM ET

1) During the 2018-19 season, Claude Giroux seemed to reach new franchise history and personal milestones every few weeks. Below is a list of his milestone nights from this past season: Oct 4: Passed Bill Barber for 3rd on the Flyers All-Time Assist List (@VGK) Oct 22: Passed Joe Watson for 5t...

Quick Hits: WSI Tourney in Voorhees, OHL Finals, TIFH and More

May 3, 2019 - 10:56 AM ET

Quick Hits: May 3, 2019 1) The annual World Selects Invitational (WSI) tournament in the Delaware Valley starts this weekend in Voorhees with the opening ceremony on Saturday evening and games running until next Wed (May 8). If you are unfamiliar with the event, it is a gathering of many of the p...

Quick Hits: Provorov, OHL Finals, Renberg and More

May 5, 2019 - 10:46 AM ET

Quick Hits: May 5, 2019 1) Back on April 18 (the day of Alain Vigneault's introductory press conference at the Skate Zone in Voorhees), I saw something I had never previously seen within a week or two Flyers season ending: one of the team's players already starting his offseason on-ice workouts,...

Flyers Hire Therrien and Yeo, Gordon Returns to Phantoms

May 6, 2019 - 10:59 AM ET

UPDATE: 12:45 PM The Flyers officially announced their NHL and American Hockey League coaching staffs for the 2018-19 season. The organization has hired former NHL head coaches Michel Therrien (see below) and Mike Yeo (former Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues head coach) to serve as assistan...

Musings and Quick Hits: Assistant Coaches, OHL Finals, WSI and More

May 7, 2019 - 12:45 PM ET

Musings & Quick Hits: May 7, 2019 1) The least surprising thing about the Flyers' announcement of their 2019-20 coaching staff was the instant negativity it was met with by many on social media. From my standpoint, I don't think there is cause for celebration or alarm. The real key to the offseas...

Quick Hits: Gordon and the Phantoms Outlook, WSI Final, TIFH and More

May 8, 2019 - 4:57 AM ET

Quick Hits: May 8, 2019 1) Amid the announcements on Monday of the Flyers coaching staff for 2019-20, the organization also announced that Scott Gordon, who served as Philly's interim NHL coach for the rest of the 2018-19 season after the late-December dismissal of Dave Hakstol, would be returnin...

Quick Hits: Assistant Coach Duties, Worlds, Provorov OHL Finals, & More

May 9, 2019 - 7:31 AM ET

Quick Hits: May 9, 2019 1) Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault, in Slovakia with Team Canada for the 2019 IIHF World Championships, spoke with the Philadelphia media via conference call on Wednesday. Primarily, he discussed the hiring of former NHL head coaches Michel Therrien and Mike Yeo to join...

2019 Worlds Open in Slovakia; May 10th Quick Hits

May 10, 2019 - 5:48 AM ET

2019 IIHF World Championships: May 10, 2019 The 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships get underway on Friday in host nation Slovakia. Group A consists of Canada, USA, Finland, Slovakia, Germany, Denmark, France and recently promoted Great Britain. Group B contains defending...

Flyers at World Championships and OHL Finals Updates

May 11, 2019 - 8:21 AM ET

On Friday, the 2019 IIHF World Championships opened with Team Canada getting toppled in regulation by Finland (3-1), Team USA looking ill-prepared and stumbling to a dismal 4-1 loss to host nation Slovakia in convincing fashion, and the Czech Republic beating defending gold medalist Sweden by 5-2 co...

Quick Hits: Worlds Update, Patrick, OHL Finals, TIFH and More

May 12, 2019 - 8:35 AM ET

Quick Hits: May 12, 2019 1) On Sunday morning (U.S. time), Team USA cruised to a 7-1 win over France at the 2019 IIHF World Championships in Slovakia. James van Riemsdyk assisted on the first two goals by Alex DeBrincat. JVR later had a semi-breakaway in which he shot wide. Frank Vatrano, Colin W...

Quick Hits: Ratcliffe, Worlds Updates and More

May 13, 2019 - 10:43 AM ET

Quick Hits: May 13, 2019 1) Ontario Hockey League: The Guelph Storm completed one of the most remarkable playoff runs in the annals of Canadian major junior hockey as they defeated the Ottawa 67's on Sunday in Guelph, 8-3, to win the OHL championship. After winning their opening round series with...

Quick Hits: Wild Day at Worlds, Memorial Cup, Game 7 vs BOS Anniversary

May 14, 2019 - 10:00 AM ET

Quick Hits: May 14, 2019 1) Monday was a wild day at the IIHF World Championships featuring a seesaw battle between Canada and host nation Slovakia, an overtime battle between Team USA and Finland, a Tre Kronor blowout of Norway and a Russia shutout of previously unbeaten Czech Republic. A summar...

Quick Hits: Worlds, PK, TIFH for May 15

May 15, 2019 - 7:25 AM ET

Quick Hits: May 15, 2019 1) 2019 IIHF World Championships: Team Austria remained winless at the World Championships, suffering a 4-0 setback against Switzerland on Tuesday. The Swiss team dominated much of the play but the Austrians stayed within a 1-0 deficit until midway through the third perio...

Quick Hits: Myers to Worlds, Hart Gets the Start, 1985 Clincher and More

May 16, 2019 - 7:34 AM ET

Quick Hits: May 16, 2019 1) Injury attrition on Team Canada's blueline left the 2019 IIHF World Championship squad with only six available defensemen. On Wednesday, Hockey Canada announced that Flyers defenseman Philippe Myers has been added to the Team Canada roster. Myers is the lineup for Cana...

Worlds: A Day Voracek Will Never Forget

May 17, 2019 - 5:40 AM ET

FLYERS UPDATES FROM 2019 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: MAY 17, 2019 1) May 16, 2019, was a day that Flyers right winger Jakub Voracek will never forget. It started with him at a maternity hospital in Uherske Hradiste as girlfriend Marketa Buresova delivered their newborn son, Matej. It the couple's f...

Memorial Cup & IIHF Worlds Updates, 1974 Cup Anniversary

May 19, 2019 - 3:58 AM ET

Quick Hits: May 19, 2019 1) 2019 Memorial Cup: The OHL champion Guelph Storm defeated the QMJHL champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, 5-2, on Saturday in the second day of the round-robin phase of the 2019 Memorial Cup in Halifax, NS. Alexey Toropchenko led the way with a hat trick in the first period...

Quick Hits: Worlds Updates, Memorial Cup, TIFH and More

May 20, 2019 - 5:47 AM ET

Quick Hits: May 20, 2019 1) Monday schedule at the 2019 IIHF World Championships: Carter Hart could make his third start of the tournament for Team Canada when Alain Vigneault's team (4-1-0) takes on Denmark (2-3-0) on Monday in Slovakia. Sean Couturier (1G, 1A) and Philippe Myers (2 GP) will als...

May 21st Quick Hits: Worlds, Memorial Cup, 1985 Finals

May 21, 2019 - 9:33 AM ET

Quick Hits: May 21, 2019 1) 2019 IIHF World Championships -- Group B update: Team Czech Republic won a hard-fought game (via empty-net goal) against Switzerland on Tuesday, 5-4, to finish 6-1-0 in the preliminary round with 18 points. Pool play in Group B wraps up with a 2 p.m. EDT game between...

May 22nd Quick Hits: Worlds, Memorial Cup, Stanley Cup droughts, TIFH

May 22, 2019 - 7:48 AM ET

Quick Hits: May 22, 2019 1) WHC medal round quarterfinals set: After an off-day on Wednesday, the 2019 IIHF World Championships will move on to the single-elimination medal round. The matchups will be as follows: * Canada (1st Place, Group A) vs. Switzerland (4th Place, Group B) * Russia (1st...

May 24 Quick Hits: Worlds, Lindblom, Memorial Cup, Pelle, Stasiuk and more

May 24, 2019 - 11:04 AM ET

Quick Hits: May 24, 2019 1) The semifinals for the 2019 IIHF World Championships in Slovakia are set. There will be five Flyers players participating on Saturday as Alain Vigneault's Team Canada (Sean Couturier, Philippe Myers, backup goaltender Carter Hart) takes on Team Czech Republic (Jakub Vo...