Sep 162011
Flyers rookie Blake Kessel

Rookie Blake Kessel discusses his first game with the Flyers

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Flyers’ goalie prospects impress in rookie game

September 16 CSN Philly

The Flyers played their annual prospect game against the Capitals rookies and thousands of fans showed up to see the “future Flyers” get a hard-fought 3-2 win. The game had a few tilts and the pace was pretty fast for most of the game.  “I think the fans were great. To me they were the No. 1 star of the show, showing up in numbers like that to a rookie game,” said Flyers GM Paul Holmgren. “It just shows how great our fans are here. It was just an entertaining game… There were some good plays and some breakdowns by both teams that led to good opportunities, but overall I was really happy with the way the game went.”

Kessel shows Flyers fans he’s got game

September 16 Courier-Post

Growing up in Ontario, Blake Kessel was encouraged to think about becoming an engineer like his grandfather or to consider law school, as his father had before opting for a football career as an NFL, CFL and USFL quarterback.  Fat chance on that.  Big brother Phil is a star center with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Little sister Amanda plays college hockey and is part of the USA women’s national team.

NHL draws line: #nomoretweeting

September 16 Washington Examiner

The NHL was out in front of the rest of North America’s professional sports leagues in using social media to promote its sport. Now it’s following the others with some restrictions on its use.  Guidelines issued by the league this week, according to the CBC, say players are no longer allowed to use social media sites like Twitter or Facebook before, during or immediately after games. That should eliminate instances in which players let loose information (injuries, lineup status) teams would prefer to keep from their opponents or react emotionally to events in games