April 5, 2001
Only NHL coaches with 400 wins but losing playoff records-x Billy Reay (599 wins): 57-60 in playoffs Bryan Murray (518 wins): 34-44 in playoffs Roger Neilson (483 wins): 40-48 in playoffs Punch Imlach (439 wins): 44-48 in playoffs Emile Francis (433 wins): 40-53 in playoffs Sid Abel (414 wins): 32-44 in playoffs x-18 NHL coaches have 400 wins; through 1999-2000 season Source: World Features Syndicate
April 25, 2000 |
Roger Neilson will return to the Flyers for their playoff series against Pittsburgh, but he will not be behind the bench, team officials in Philadelphia announced. Neilson, recovering from a stem-cell transplant for bone marrow cancer, will assist interim Coach Craig Ramsay when the Flyer-Penguin series begins this week. Neilson and General Manager Bob Clarke discussed the decision at practice Monday. Dr.
February 20, 2000 |
His voice shaky but still delivering punch lines, Philadelphia Flyer Coach Roger Neilson announced Saturday night he will leave the team for the rest of the regular season to undergo cancer treatment. Neilson will begin scheduled, aggressive treatment Monday for multiple myeloma, a rare form of bone marrow cancer he was diagnosed with Dec. 9. Assistant Craig Ramsay will take over as coach, with help from assistant Wayne Cashman and minor-league coach Mike Stothers.
February 3, 2000 |
It began during training camp, with a lethargic feeling and a cough he couldn't shake. While visiting Anaheim and Los Angeles in November, Flyer Coach Roger Neilson made light of his obvious fatigue and insisted a few days in the sun would restore his energy and make everything right again. If only it were that simple. If only sunshine and relaxation could cure the multiple myeloma--bone marrow cancer--that has attacked his body. "For two months I was kind of under the weather.
January 2, 2000 |
Philadelphia Flyer Coach Roger Neilson, undergoing treatment for the same type of cancer that killed his sister two years ago, is not terrified by the thought he might not survive. Doctors say he has another 5-15 years to live if his treatment goes well, but he also understands the projection might be optimistic. But if fear is a word in Neilson's vocabulary, he has not yet spoken it. "Am I afraid? No," Neilson said after rejoining the Flyers in Calgary following a short Christmas layoff.
December 11, 1999 |
Roger Neilson, who has coached more NHL teams than anyone, has bone cancer but does not intend to miss any games with the Philadelphia Flyers. He was upbeat Friday, saying he will begin three months of chemotherapy followed by a bone marrow transplant. Doctors said the cancer is controllable for several years, and Flyer team doctor Jeff Hartzell said a full recovery remained possible.