Fun Facts From the Flyers Media Guide

The Flyers media guide never seems to disappoint when it comes to interesting or funny facts.

As every pro and college sports team does, the Philadelphia Flyers put out a media guide each season. In addition to all those interesting stats TV broadcasters hand out, the book includes profiles of every player on the roster, every member of the organization, and other fun little tidbits. I took a chance to page through the guide recently, and I share some of the best facts with you below. 

  • The bar at the AT&T Pavilion in the Wachovia Center is the largest in-arena bar in the world. 
  • Assistant GM Barry Hanrahan has a labradoodle named Meatball.
  • VP of Sales Jim Willits might be the reason the Phoenix Coyotes fail in the desert. In his first four years as director of ticket sales for the Coyotes, the arena filled to 94 percent capacity. Since he left in 2002, that number has substantially dropped.
  • On February 6, 1997 against Montreal, the Legion of Doom -- John LeClair, Eric Lindros, and Mikael Renberg -- scored 16 points in a game, the most by a line in one game in franchise history. 20 days later in Ottawa, they repeated the feat.
  • The names of Arron Asham's kids: Dexter, Azilyn, and Oceane. 
  • If Matt Carle could have dinner with anybody, he would choose to dine with Santa Claus.
  • Ed Snider has 14 grandchildren.
  • Fred Shero holds the highest win percentage of any coach in team history, with a .642 mark. Terry Murray holds the best playoff win percentage for a coach at .609.
  • Brian Boucher loves Spongebob and wont eat sushi.
  • The Flyers went undefeated against the Penguins at home in 42 consecutive games from February 7, 1974 to December 8, 1988.
  • Darroll Powe would like Norm MacDonald to play him in a movie about his life.
  • You know how you know Ian Laperriere is gay? He listens to Coldplay before games. Linked video NSFW.
  • Chris Pronger's first car, a 1983 Ford Ranger, was held together by rust.
  • Mike Richards dreams of being on stage at an Eminem concert.
  • Los Angeles couldn't beat the Flyers from October 22, 1974 until February 5, 1983 -- 32 games.
  • Among goalies with at least 1,000 minutes played, Roman Cechmanek holds the best GAA mark -- 1.96. At the opposite end of the spectrum (no pun intended), Bobby Taylor had a GAA of 4.05 in 44 games.
  • Ray Emery is allergic to cheese. 

More after the jump...

  • The most points the Flyers have compiled against one team? 299 against Pittsburgh all-time, an 132-76-30-5 all-time record.
  • Simon Gagne's favorite numbers are 4 8 15 16 23 42.
  • Philadelphia has only played Columbus eight times. Ever. 4-1-3-0 in those games.
  • Craig Berube has a son named Nashota.
  • The orange and black scored two goals in seven seconds in the first period against St. Louis on December 27, 1988. They scored three goals in 35 seconds in the eighth minute of the second period against Boston on March 1, 1979. They scored four goals in one minute, 22 seconds against Pittsburgh in the third period on October 11, 1981.
  • Kimmo Timonen has a thing for Robert DeNiro. He'd like to have dinner with him and he'd also select him to play him in a movie about his life.
  • The Flyers have never allowed a goal on a penalty shot in the playoffs, despite four chances by opponents.
  • Ian Laperriere, movie star. He played Montreal Canadiens great "Boom Boom" Geoffrion in Maurice Richard, a movie about another Habs legend.
  • Despite winning the Stanley Cup in 1974/75, the Flyers scored just 61 goals at home that season, the low mark in team history.
  • Ole-Kristian Tollefsen is listed as "single" but he also "got married over the summer to his wife, Guro."
  • In his one game as a Flyer goaltender, Martin Houle had a GAA of 30.00. He allowed one goal in two minutes of ice time.
  • The Flyers are 29-4-3-1 all time against Atlanta.
  • Scott Hartnell's favorite cartoon character is Darkwing Duck.
  • Prior to this season, the Flyers had sold out 1,054 of their 1,621 home games.
  • Raw onions don't get along with Braydon Coburn.
  • The Flyers have a winning record against every team in the NHL, with the exception of the Boston Bruins, who they are 59-80-21-5 against all-time.
  • Danny Briere's first car was an Izuzu Impulse.
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