Mark Howe HOF induction speech

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  Flyers great Mark Howe (second from left) with fellow 2011 Hall of Fame inductees Doug Gilmour (left), Joe Nieuwendyk (second from right) and Ed Belfour (right). MARK HOWE HALL OF FAME SPEECH Thank you.  First I would like to congratulate [fellow inductees] Doug [Gilmour], Joe [Nieuwendyk] and Eddie [Belfour] on their great careers and their induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.  Thank you to Mike Emrick and the induction committee for this tremendous onor.  Thank you to Mr. Billy Hay and the Hockey Hall of Fame staff for making this week a week that will last a lifetime

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1 on 1 with Mark Howe on HOF, life with Gordie, his Flyers years and more

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Flyers great Mark Howe, son of NHL legend Gordie Howe, will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night in Toronto. We talked last Wednesday while Mark, the Red Wings Director of Scouting, was driving from his father’s home near Detroit to Grand Rapids, Mich., to watch the Wings’ American Hockey League team play. I had emailed Mark the day before hoping he’d have time to chat for 10 minutes, then the next morning we ended up talking by phone for 35. Here’s the entire interview: Q: Congratulations

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Flyers could get Pronger back Wednesday

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Flyers captain Chris Pronger has missed 6 games with an eye injury The Flyers are expected to get their captain back Wednesday night in Tampa Bay. Defenseman Chris Pronger, sidelined the past six games due to that scary right eye injury, practiced again on Tuesday and looked good and healthy. Pronger seemed his old self in a sarcasm-filled post-practice interview, but says he’ll make a final decision on whether he’ll play against the Lightning or hold off and think about returning Sunday in Florida. “I’ve gotta see how I feel after today,” Pronger said at Skate Zone

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VIDEO: Flyers HOF Reggie Leach on Winter Classic Alumni Game

I was shopping at Oxford Valley Mall on Saturday and noticed that Flyers Hall of Famer Reggie Leach was there for an autograph signing. A big crowd turned out to see Leach, who later sat with me to talk about the Flyers during his days, the Flyers now and playing in the Winter Classic Alumni Game at Citizens Bank Park on Jan. 2. I'm saying my interview for a future column leading up to the Winter Classic, but afterward shot this quick video of Reggie, who lived in South Jersey and Delaware for many of his retirement years before returning to his native Canada five years ago

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