Quick Hits: June 5, 2023
1) Congratulations to the 2023 Memorial Cup champions, the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. On Sunday, the Remparts blanked the Western Hockey League champion Seattle Thunderbirds by a 5-0 score in the championship game. Head coach Patrick Roy's team scored one apiece in the first and second periods before pulling away in the final stanza. William Rousseau recorded a 32-save shutout for Quebec.
Two-stint Flyers alum Simon Gagne is an assistant coach for Quebec. Over-age forward Theo Rochette, a training camp invite by the Flyers last September, had two assists in the championship game. Twenty-year-old forward James Malesta scored the game's second goal (assisted by Rochette) and won tournament MVP honors.
2) Flyers Daily: On the weekly "Mondays with Meltzer" edition of the Flyers Daily podcast, Jason discuss this season's Flyers vs. Devils game in the Stadium Series. We also look at the lessons learned with the Cup Final, Metro Division coaches, offseason and trade deadline mistakes made by teams looking for the "final piece" of a Stanley Cup puzzle and much more. To listen to the podcast, click here
3) Today in Flyers History: June 5, 1995
Heading into Game Two of the 1995 Eastern Conference Final, getting the Legion of Doom line untracked after being held quiet in the series opener was one of the Philadelphia Flyers' biggest keys to knotting the series against the New Jersey Devils. That objective was met, but the Flyers nevertheless went down to 5-2 loss at the Spectrum to fall behind two games to zero.
Flyers captain Eric Lindros got the Flyers on the board first. After a Randy McKay power play goal evened the game at 1-1, Mikael Renberg restored the one-goal lead less than two minutes later as the home crowd went wild.
Unfortunately for the Flyers, the night went downhill after the fast start. John MacLean notched a power play goal in the final 12 seconds of the opening period to send the teams to intermission tied at 1-1. The second period was disastrous for the Flyers as Neal Broten, Bobby Holik and even low-scoring defensive defenseman Ken Daneyko scored for New Jersey to open up a 5-2 lead.
The Flyers managed just five third period shots and 20 overall against Martin Brodeur and the stifling New Jersey neutral zone trap. Ron Hextall stopped 11 of 16 shots before Dominic Roussel (eight saves on eight shots) came in to finish out the game after the Daneyko goal.
4) June 5 Alumni birthday: Andre Lacroix (1945), Radko Gudas (1990).