Passionate about Flyers, new leader Dave Scott believes in Ron Hextall

Passionate about Flyers, new leader Dave Scott believes in Ron Hextall

VOORHEES, N.J. -- On Dave Scott's white collared shirt beamed a shiny orange 50th-anniversary logo.
As it glowed, so did Scott, the president and CEO of Comcast Spectacor, about the vision and direction of his business investment: the Philadelphia Flyers.
With the organization's absence from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the first season without late iconic founder Ed Snider, Scott took to Flyers Skate Zone on Thursday to discuss his position.
And he radiated with positivity about those steering the ship he now oversees.
Scott expressed full belief in team president Paul Holmgren and general manager Ron Hextall. He was succinct in his message: Holmgren and Hextall have his trust.
"This is really my fourth season with the club," Scott said. "Ed was pretty ill the last couple years. I've stayed pretty close to it and I've got all the confidence in the world with Paul as president and Ron as general manager. I think we all have a job to do here. My job is, really, to make sure we have the resources and we're investing in the team for the long term and go for the Cup. The Flyers are going to go for it every year. That's our heritage."
Despite the on-ice struggles and growing pains within the standings, Scott said the Flyers still accomplished "a terrific year from the business perspective."
"It was probably one of the best years we've ever had," Scott said. "Ron's our guy. We believe in the system, we like the vision, we like the strategy, the pipeline. These young players coming up, there's a lot of excitement. From the business side, it's been terrific."
Scott said there are no plans to sell the franchise and that Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts is in support.
"We're going to invest for the long term," Scott said.
"This is our home market. Comcast has been here for a long time. Ed Snider was here for a long time. … It's a great success story. Brian Roberts grew up here in Philadelphia. He's a big fan. I talked to him this morning. He called me before I came over. We're all in this. We love the Flyers. It's working for us.

"I'm here because of the Flyers. This really gets me going. I love the team and I'm having a lot of fun. I look forward to going to the games, learning a lot. I don’t think we've missed a lot there. Ed went to a lot of games. I probably go to 75, 80 percent of the home games."
Scott, not with 50 years of hockey experience like Snider, mentioned that he's learned from "great teachers." He said he's been in Philadelphia for 12 years, had watched games with Snider, Holmgren and now Hextall. He also spent six years in Detroit, building a relationship with the Red Wings and late owner Mike Ilitch.
"My job is to make sure that everybody has the resources and I think Ed really felt that way, too," Scott said. "We celebrated 50 years this year. It was really special, but he built this winning culture and we want to continue to have that."
Last month, Hextall shared his enjoyment in working with Scott.
"I can tell you that he is very into it," Hextall said then. "He watches all the games, sends texts after the game. He's latched onto it. He's engaged. We meet on an every-other-week basis and talk about the team. He's been great."
Scott didn't sugarcoat this season's regression.
"It was a tough season," he said. "You've heard from everybody. I think the word disappointed has been overused a little bit, but certainly, none of us are happy where we are right now."
Hextall knows it and agreed with ownership.
"Absolutely, they're disappointed. We're all disappointed," he said. "We made the playoffs last year and it was a step in the right direction, and we took a step back this year. Are we disappointed? Damn right we are. And are we happy? No, we're not.
"Now, in saying that, we're staying on path. We're not deviating from what we've been saying 2 1/2 years ago. We're building … we're building slowly."
And Scott is on board.
"We're going for it," he said. "We're building towards it. I think we had some bright spots this season. We want to build on those bright spots. There's a lot of optimism and that's what we're going for."

The top 10 moments that make Travis Konecny, well, Travis Konecny

The top 10 moments that make Travis Konecny, well, Travis Konecny

When you think of Travis Konecny, you think of a first-round pick, A-plus chirper, currently in the middle of a breakout season and now an NHL All-Star. Konecny has had quite the career through his first four seasons with the Flyers and there will be much more to look forward to in the coming years.

For now, here are the 10 best moments since becoming a Flyer that make Konecny, well … Konecny. 

Chirp central
When NBC released "Wired: Stadium Series," Konecny officially became one of the best chirpers in the league. His quick wit during the game was iconic when he was on one of the biggest regular-season platforms in the NHL. Personal favorite chirp has to go to, “Eat up, bud!” 

Post Stadium Series dance party 
The fun didn’t stop on the ice though, the celebration continued into the Eagles’ locker room where he danced the night away with teammate Nolan Patrick. 

Speaking of Nolan ...
During the 2018-19 season, Flyers TV had a special on the youth of the team where a lot of it focused on the bromance of Konecny and Patrick. From tying ties to trying to get out of a parking garages, there’s a bunch of quality bits in there. 

The offseason with T.K.
Before going into the 2017-18 season, the Flyers gave everyone a sneak peek of what the offseason is like for Konecny when it comes to training and conditioning, his childhood town (which only has one stop sign), life on the farm and tons of fishing … tons of fishing. 

Reporting for duty
One of the most exciting moments of 2019 came once Konecny finally signed his contract and reported to training camp to be with his teammates and new head coach Alain Vigneault. The Flyers’ Twitter account had a field day with the announcement, replying to just about every "sign T.K." tweet there was on the platform. They even responded to my post about me talking about how they signed him … by letting me know they signed him. A-plus job. 

His career best
There have been multiple times in his career, five to be exact, in which Konecny wound up having a three-point game. They have become much more frequent this season, having three of the five coming in the first half of the 2019-20 season. While none of these three-point nights have resulted in a hat trick, I’m sure the next time he’s an All-Star that’s going to be a different story. 

A whole lot of fighting 
There’s no shortage of footage when it comes to Konecny dropping the gloves. This place on this list is dedicated to T.K. dropping the gloves and the penalty minutes endured because of it. 

A different kind of fight 
It’s hard to forget the impact young Zach Steward had on all of us during Hockey Fights Cancer Night at the Wells Fargo Center. No one was impacted more than Konecny. Steward had given his favorite player a "Strong then, stronger now" bracelet, worn by those who want to support him in his second battle of cancer. While it was an inspiring moment for Konecny to wear it for that game, he continues to wear it all season long and it doesn’t go unnoticed. 

“I think it really shows a lot about his character,” Steward said. “And that he has a big heart not just on the ice, but off the ice.

“Just a small simple gesture means a lot and makes my day every time I see him with it on.” 

Image credit: The Philadelphia Flyers

OT goals compilation 
This one is self explanatory but his cellies following each are just as good as the goals themselves. 

Evolving into his final form
It seems like that chipped tooth Konecny got on Jan. 11 might have been a good luck charm. Since that game, he’s averaged a point per game through five games. The chip may have been fixed but the power of it remains. 

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2020 NHL All-Star Skills: Flyers' Travis Konecny to participate in fastest skater event

2020 NHL All-Star Skills: Flyers' Travis Konecny to participate in fastest skater event

Not only will Travis Konecny represent the Flyers in the NHL All-Star Game, he'll add another activity to his plate on All-Star weekend in St. Louis.

Konecny will participate in the Bridgestone NHL fastest skater event at 2020 NHL All-Star Skills on Friday night in St. Louis.

Here are the other participants:

  • Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres
  • Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
  • Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
  • Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders
  • Chris Kreider, New York Rangers
  • Anthony Duclair, Ottawa Senators
  • Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks

The rules of the event are as follows, according to the NHL:

Eight players will compete in the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater. Each skater will be timed for one full lap around the rink. The skater may choose the direction of their lap and can be positioned a maximum of three feet behind the start line located on the penalty box side of the center red line. The skater must start on the referee’s whistle and the timing clock will start when the skater crosses the start line. In the event of a clock malfunction, the official time will be recorded by the referee’s stopwatch. The skater with the fastest time is the winner of the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater, and if there is a tie for the fastest time, the tied players will skate another lap to determine the winner.

Konecny will be up against stiff competition as McDavid has won the event three straight years.

The skills events will begin on Friday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

On Saturday, the All-Star Game will see Konecny's Metropolitan Division take on the Atlantic Division at 8:15 p.m. If it advances, it'll play the winner of the Pacific and Central Divisions at 10:15 p.m.

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