The Philadelphia Flyers have officially added Rocky Thompson as an assistant coach according to the organ-I-zations press release. The move was first reported on July 14 by SportsNet Canada’s Elliotte Friedman. Thompson and assistant coach Brad Shaw will join John Tortorella behind the bench.
The 44-year old Thompson comes to the Flyers with seven-years of professional (AHL, NHL) coaching experience with the Oilers organization and the Chicago Wolves. Thompson spent the 2020-21 season as an assistant with the San Jose Sharks. He did not coach in 2021-22 due to NHL’s COVID-19 protocols.
During his time with San Jose, Thompson was reportedly involved in an altercation with divisive star Evander Kane.
All Elite Wrestling (AEW) is going north of the border, eh.
The promotion announced their Canadian debut during Wednesday’s episode of AEW Dynamite on TBS. AEW will air Dynamite and Rampage from the Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario on October 12 and 13, respectively. There were reportedly plans to tour Canada in mid-to-late 2020, however the tour was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. AEW President and CEO Tony Khan made it known that a Canadian tour was coming but it was just a matter of when. The “when” now has a date.
Tickets for the two-night event go on-sale this Friday.
As first reported months ago by Crossing Broad, SportsRadio 94 WIP has tabbed the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Mike Sielski and Jody McDonald to partner with Glen Macnow on the weekends. Sielski will join Macnow on Saturday’s and McDonald will take the Sunday shift.
Here’s the annoucement by Macnow on Thurday morning’s WIP Morning Show:
All Elite Wrestling is adding another title to the company portfolio. As announced on Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite, the long awaited AEW World Trios Championship will be awarded at AEW AllOut on Labor Day weekend.
The Philadelphia 76ers made the return of James Harden official on Monday night. Or as they put it, officially official .
Harden, 32, was acquired by the Sixers in February from the Brooklyn Nets in a deal that sent Ben Simmons to Brooklyn. “The Beard” averaged 21.0 points, 10.5 assists, and 7.1 rebounds in 21-games with the Sixers.
The 10-time NBA All-Star took less money to return to Philadelphia. He spoke about why in the Sixers’ official release.
Local product Joe “BodyBagz” Pyfer has had one hell of a month.
First, Pyfer, along with UFC veteran Andre Petroski, was inducted in the Art of War Cagefighting (AOW) Hall of Fame at AOW25. He followed up his induction with a dominate performance on Dana White’s Contender Series.
Pyfer knocked out Ozzy Diaz in the second round of their middleweight bout. The TKO victory earned Pyfer the only UFC contract given out at DWCS 47.
The always brash Dana White, in a message to next week’s fighters, commented on why Pyfer was the only fighter from Tuesday’s show inked to a deal.
Major breaking news this morning, WWE has announced that WrestleMania is returning to Philadelphia. WrestleMania 40, a two-night extravaganza, will take place on April 6 and April 7, 2024 at Lincoln Financial Field.
Philadelphia last hosted WrestleMania in 1999, WrestleManiaXV from the then CoreStates Center. The main event featured the first of the “Stone Cold” Steve Austin-Rock ‘Mania match ups.
Former Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux joined The Wally and Methot Show to discuss his recent signing with his hometown Ottawa Senators. The hope of a Flyers reunion with Giroux after trading him during the 2021-22 season were quickly dashed when the 34-year old signed a 3-year deal worth an AAV of $6.5 million early in free agency with the Sens.
While most of the conversation centers around Giroux’s arrival in Ottawa, the Flyers’ longest serving captain discussed what he expects in his return to Philadelphia.
G’s expectations, a standing ovation of course. Followed by getting boo’d like a villain.