NHL draft the latest big event to hit Philly

The Flyers have promoted another former player into the role of GM, as ROn Hextall takes over the position Wednesday morning. Credit: Getty Images
The Flyers have promoted another former player into the role of GM, as Ron Hextall returns to the NHL draft but this time, he’s calling the shots. Credit: Getty Images

So just how big a deal is it for the NHL Draft to come to town this weekend?

“It’s exciting,” said new general manager Ron Hextall, who says that really won’t change the way he approaches his job. “It’ll probably be the first time in draft history the Flyers get a nice ovation instead of getting booed.”

In many ways though, Philadelphia has replaced Detroit as “Hockey Town,” with the Draft becoming the fourth major event here in just the past four years. It started off with the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, which ended dramatically on Chicago’s Patrick Kane’s Cup winning goal that no one — except him — saw go in.

Two years later the Flyers hosted the Rangers in the Winter Classic at Citizen’s Bank Park, followed this past April when the NCAA brought the Frozen Four to town.

This is bigger, with hotels and restaurants figuring to get an economic boost and the city putting on its best face to promote civic pride and perhaps knock down some of the stereotypes that have gone on through the years.

“To have the event come to Philadelphia and the spotlight right on us, is gonna be cool,” said Hextall’s predecessor turned team president, Paul Holmgren.

The only thing cooler would be fulfilling the quest Hextall says will start with a successful draft — hoping that leads into the kind of memorable seasons his former employer, the Kings, have had two of the last three years.

And ends with them hoisting the Stanley Cup.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.