Found March 06, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers at the Philadelphia Daily News, On Monday at practice, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was asked whether an important on-ice ceremony – like watching Mark Howe’s No. 2 being raised to the rafters tonight at the Wells Fargo Center – can help motivate his players. Initially, I dismissed the notion. How could a player who most of these current athletes never saw play possibly be a rallying factor for a home game? Turns out, I was wrong. Since 1975, the Flyers have held 17 distinct on-ice, pre-game tributes. They’ve lost just in regulation just 4 times. The Flyers have never lost on a night they have retired a sweater. And the Flyers won, 3-0, when Howe was inducted into the Flyers’ Hall of Fame in 2001. (By the way – they won on Nov. 14, 2011 – the night Howe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto) continued
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