Remember that time Rod Brind'Amour scored two shorties on the same power play?

Remember that time Rod Brind'Amour scored two shorties on the same power play?

If you don't, it's OK. YouTube does. 

With Rod Brind'Amour's number set to be raised to the Carolina rafters before Friday night's Flyers-Hurricanes game, we figured it'd be a good time to reminisce about what kind of player he was in Orange & Black. Much like Mike Richards is today, Brindy was an outstanding two-way forward and a dangerous penalty killer, as shown in the video above and later acknowledged with a Selke Trophy. That footage is from a playoff game against the Penguins in April 1997, and the Flyers were down 2-1 when the power play started. They'd go on to win the game, 6-3, and the series, 4-1.

More historically notable than Brind'Amour's shorties, however, was that earlier that month, Mario Lemieux had announced that he would be retiring from the NHL.

After the Penguins' series loss, Lemieux skated around the Philadelphia ice to a standing ovation—the second such recognition he got from Flyers fans in his career. The first was when he returned to hockey after battling Hodgkin's disease. 

Mario Lemieux's great career came to an end last night amid thunderous ovations from Philadelphia fans as the Flyers eliminated his Pittsburgh Penguins from the playoffs.  Lemieux, a six-time scoring champion and three-time National Hockey League most valuable player, had a goal and assist in his final N.H.L. game before retirement.

The Flyers, behind two short-handed goals from Rod Brind'Amour, beat the Penguins, 6-3, to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals, four games to one.  Lemieux, 31, won two Stanley Cups and this year collected his sixth N.H.L. scoring title. After coming back from Hodgkin's disease and back injuries, the Penguins captain said on April 5 that he would retire once the season ended.

Lemieux would return to the NHL in December 2000. 

After a brilliant run through the Eastern Conference rounds, that postseason ended somewhat miserably for the Flyers, who were swept out of the Finals by the Red Wings. But Brind'Amour was tied for the most goals in the playoffs (13, with Claude Lemieux), a strong chapter in his Flyers career. More on the goals and the game at, and more Brind'Amour memories to come. 

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales


NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned


1. Good oral and written communication skills.
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8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

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Jakub Voracek raves about James van Riemsdyk's net-front magic

Jakub Voracek raves about James van Riemsdyk's net-front magic

VOORHEES, N.J. — Jakub Voracek has all types of skill and wizardry to his game.

He'll weave and dazzle through traffic with the best of them, a true threat to make a highlight-reel play whenever the puck touches his stick.

But the bag of tricks James van Riemsdyk carries in front of the net will even make Voracek scratch his head. A magician like himself can appreciate another one's work.

That's why Voracek was brimming with excitement Wednesday at Flyers Skate Zone over the addition of van Riemsdyk's power-play prowess. All signs point to van Riemsdyk making his highly anticipated return Thursday from a lower-body injury that knocked the winger out of action in the first period of the season's second game.

The Flyers' big summer splash joined Voracek on the first-unit power play Wednesday, an area the Flyers hammered away at during practice and for good reason. The man advantage is 3 for 39 since Oct. 13, last in the NHL at 7.7 percent. Overall, it ranks 28th in the league at 13.6 percent.

Here comes van Riemsdyk ready to roam the blue paint.

Talk about a sight for sore eyes. The Flyers' power play will welcome van Riemsdyk with open arms. 

Voracek sure is and here's why:

He's got really, really soft hands and he's got a really good touch. He can make the plays out of nothing, which is really important. He can raise the puck under the bar from impossible angles. He kind of gives the goalies a little bit more respect. Like if I'm standing in front of the net, one foot from the pad, I'm not going to raise it anywhere, but he will.

He's a big body in front of the net, he's a great player that can score goals. Obviously we missed him over the period of time, especially on the power play. He's a really smart player around the net and he's going to help us a lot.

With van Riemsdyk rejoining the picture, the Flyers can now see what they envisioned when they signed JVR for five years, $35 million on July 1. Dave Hakstol and company will roll out a 30-goal scorer on both man-advantage groups. 

Wayne Simmonds, who has made the net-front role his M.O., will try to bolster the second unit. Since the 2011-12 season, his first with the Flyers, Simmonds owns 88 power-play goals, second in the NHL to only Alex Ovechkin's 137.

Here's how the Flyers' man-advantage groups should look Thursday night against the Devils at the Wells Fargo Center:

• Claude Giroux, James van Riemsdyk, Jakub Voracek, Sean Couturier, Shayne Gostisbehere

• Wayne Simmonds, Nolan Patrick, Travis Konecny, Jordan Weal, Ivan Provorov

In 2017-18 with the Maple Leafs, van Riemsdyk buried a career-high 11 power-play markers en route to a 36-goal season.

"He's just going to go and do what he does," Hakstol said.

And the Flyers need it.

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