Flyers need song, stamp and more to win

Kate Smith stamp

The Philadelphia Flyers are working with the US Postal Service to unveil a stamp of legendary singer Kate Smith at the Spectrum this month. As The Inquirer recalled yesterday, Smith performed “God Bless America” before the Flyers played the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals in 1974. And she’s been a good luck charm ever since because the Flyers won that game and the series. If only the Philly players could take the tune on the road, maybe play with their iPods on or something. They’ll need it against the Bruins in Boston, where they haven’t won a playoff game since 1976.

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NHL’s playoff commercials rock


Here’s just one of the NHL’s 2010 playoff ads, this one featuring Wayne Gretzky. These promos are simply another reason why we love the hockey.

Canucks celebrate

Vancouver Canucks“Canucks Day” has been announced in the city of Vancouver, following the team’s dramatic first round series win against the LA Kings. While some fans are not thrilled by the idea, we think it’s great to see the mayor and the city embrace the club. They’re even sending Fin the Canucks mascot downtown to hand out white towels. He’s working on an off day – give it up folks.

NHL Ice Time is superbly distracting

NHL Ice Time

iPhone Apps are taking over the world, aren’t they? Sooner or later we’ll be sending these things to our meetings and on dates. It’ll be like that Schwarzenegger flick The 6th Day, or any sci-fi with Bruce Willis. Anyway, one app that has impressed us is NHL Ice Time. This is a genuine good use of time folks. Ice time that is! Ah, sorry. You get scores, stats, video highlights, photos and even streamed game audio all for around $10. For hockey fans unable to attend games or without a TV nearby, it doesn’t get much better than this type of access.

Vince and Hawks fans hope for 3-2 lead

Vince Vaughn at Blackhawks gameVince Vaughn and wife Kyla Weber talk forechecking at a recent Blackhawks games. Or maybe Vince is deciding on hot dog toppings. Either way, you have to love the team dedication. And isn’t Kyla a Flames fan? Respect.

Kings Jersey 1 – Other Jerseys 0

LA Kings

The Los Angeles Kings play tough hockey, as seen by their fierce checking against the Vancouver Canucks this week. But their alternate jersey isn’t exactly what you’d call tough – it’s just flat-out cool. This is the sort of design that makes NHL jerseys better than most other sports jerseys. A tribute to the Kings’ “Silver and Black Era”, it might just be why LA is skating with such gusto in this playoff series. The jersey retails for $114.99.