Philadelphia to host 2014 NHL Draft


Next year’s NHL Draft will make its home in the city of brotherly love.

The NHL announced the 2014 NHL Draft will take place in Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center on June 27 and 28. This marks the first time the draft will take place in Philly and, obviously, the first time at the arena. With this year’s draft taking place in Newark, NJ the event moves essentially down the road to Eastern Pennsylvania.

The draft returns to being a two-day affair next season thanks to the new CBA being agreed to. This year’s even was forced to all occur in one day thanks to the lockout that wiped out half the season. The tightened schedule forced all seven rounds to happen on one day.

Next year’s event will kick off with the first-round taking place Friday night the 27th with rounds 2-7 happening Saturday afternoon on the 28th.

Take a look at Wells Fargo Center from a puck’s perspective


Chances are that most of us haven’t taken a spin around the ice at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and the chances are even greater that if you’re reading this you’re not a hockey puck. Well, you might be in the Don Rickles sense of the word, but that’s neither here nor there, but now can get an idea what it’s like to cruise the ice from the puck’s perspective.

Sarah Baicker of hit the ice with a specially mounted camera and took a spin around to show us what it’s like to see the inside of the home of the Flyers from ice level. Check out the video and see the inside of an arena like you never have before. Baicker’s puck handling skills aren’t half bad either.

Wells Fargo Center turns fifteen


It’s been fifteen years since the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers moved across the parking lot from the historic Spectrum to the CoreStates Center. The building has undergone various name changes in its fifteen years of operation; going from the CoreStates Center, to First Union Center, to Wachovia Center, to the current Wells Fargo Center. In fact, the Wells Fargo Center stood next to the Spectrum up until November of 2010 when the older building was finally torn down.

The building has certainly seen its fair share of hockey events since opening its doors. The Flyers made it to the Stanley Cup Final in the first year at their new home; and again at the end of the 2009-10 season. Philadelphia has made it to three other Conference Finals appearances in the last fifteen years—in fact, they’ve made the playoffs every year except for the injury-plagued 2006-07 season. Aside from NHL hockey, the Wells Fargo Center hosted three games in 1996 for the World Cup of Hockey and the Calder Cup Finals in 2005 as the Philadelphia Phantoms reigned supreme in the AHL. In 2014, the NCAA’s Frozen Four will make its way to the Wells Fargo Center as well.

On the anniversary, the Philadelphia Flyers official site released a ton unusual statistics concerning the Wells Fargo Center:

Here are some of the more unseen numbers during the first 15 years at the Wells Fargo Center.

6,645,300: Soft Pretzels Consumed

2,591,728: Hot Dogs Devoured

639,634: Philadelphia cheesesteaks eaten

679,537: Bags of popcorn purchased

461,511: Gallons of Pepsi consumed

240,000: Gallons of water to create the ice surface once-a-year prior to start of hockey season

60,000: Light bulbs replaced throughout the entire arena

48,500: Miles of concourse swept my housekeeping to keep the building beautiful

21,424: Largest single-event attendance (Backstreet Boys, September 29, 1999)

20,327: Largest One-Day Attendance for a Flyers Game (vs. Chicago Blackhawks, June 9, 2010)

4,000: Hours of operation on the ice by the Wells Fargo Center Zamboni driver

18: The most sellouts by one artist or act: Billy Joel

10,165,780: Sixers Attendance

11,182,589 (99.7 percent of capacity): Flyers Attendance in Regular Season Games

307-173-50-44 (708 Points): Flyers Record in Regular Season Home Games

1,547,524 (101.6 percent of capacity): Flyers Attendance in Playoff Games

46-32: Flyers Record in Playoff Home Games

1,755: Goals Scored by Flyers Players

There’s no doubt the Flyers have been the most successful major sports franchise since Wells Fargo Center opened fifteen years ago. In five of those fifteen years, they made it all the way to the Conference Finals (or beyond). Going further, they’ve won at least one series in seven playoff appearances and have made the playoffs 13 times. Only the disastrous 2006-07 season and the lockout of 2004-05 caused them to miss the playoffs. Not too bad.

Here’s an idea of the energy the building has already seen in its first few years in the NHL: