I know most of my posts are completely random and out of no where, but I love to spark up a new conversation every once in a while when the forum isn't as poppin as it usually is, so here goes... Being young enough not to be able to remember the great teams of the 80's or 70's I'm only going to use Flyers that I actually watched enough to love.
I wish I could say that I had the pleasure of being able to remember Hextall but unfortunately I don't. The first goalie that I really loved was The Beezer. There was something about that sparkly helmet that was great, but I think I hated him more than I loved him because my first memory of him was crying after his Panthers knocked us off in the mid 90's. When I was at the peak of my roller hockey carrier a young Brian Boucher gave this team a wonderful ride, and being a goalie I loved him. I've had the pleasure of meeting him and he's just a great dude. He's my goalie.
Back at the defensive position there is are a few guys on this team that might make the list but I'll start earlier. First things first, I wasn't a huge Desjardins fan when he was playing, so I'm leaving him off the list. There are three defensmen that I loved, although they aren't the most popular guys that most of you will remember: Dan McGillis, Luke Richardson, and Chris Therian. Fast forward to the post lockout guys and there are four that I love: Jason Smith (he was an Effin warrior), Chris Pronger, and Kimmo Timmonen. Unfortunatly I'm leaving Smith off the squad because I must give the 6th spot to Derian Hatcher. His performance in the playoffs his last year was nothign short of amazing, especially when he logged 30 minutes a game on one leg.
Forwards. Two must haves for any Flyer fan my age: John LeClair (no brainer for anyone) and Eric Lindros (I was young enough not to hate him for reasons I couldn't understand). My favorite fighter: Not Cote, not Brasher, but Tie Domi's best friend Sandy McCarthy makes my squad. I'm gonna round up my fourth line with two guys who's hearts are unmeasurable: Sami Kapanin and Ian Laperriere. My energy line, kind of Ironic because they were traded for eachother, but Ushall and Carcillo make my favorite flyers. That leaves five guys left: One on my first, one on my third and an entire second line. Knuble, Gagne, Richie, Carter, Umburger are the five guys. Umburger being probably my favorite flyer of all time. Knuble goes to energy line, Gags goes to line one, Imagen that speed on the Legeion of Even More Doom, and Richie, Carter and Umburger go on the second line.
Hope these names bring back some good memories, and I'd love to see where some of these guys rank against some even older guys.