Thursday, June 20, 2013

Philadelphia Flyers: Behind The Scenes With Danny Briere

The Philadelphia Flyers' announcement that they were buying-out Danny Briere today caused me to think about one of the interviews I conducted with him a few years ago.
(The photo that is used in this post was taken by me in February, 2013.) 

This veteran forward was a terrific playoff performer for the Flyers during the six seasons that he was with the team after signing as a free agent in. The number six is fitting, since he ranks sixth all-time among the franchise playoff scoring leaders and also averaged more than a point-per-game during the six years he spent in orange and black. 

Briere was a terrific person to talk with in the locker room as well. He was genuine, respectful and glib, which is everything that a journalist needs. 

I use the term 'journalist' because the players know the difference between beat writers and freelancers. He treated all of us the same. 

The first time I interviewed him we stood eye-to-eye, one-on-one. I noticed that he probably weighed five-10 pounds less than I did and was obviously impressed that someone of his average (by societal standards) size had endured in a League full of increasingly larger opponents. 

How has Briere survived in the NHL since 1997? Talent, toughness and character.

Here is a link to an interview feature that I wrote about him in the fall of 2011:

Flyers’ Briere is ready for another solid season


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