Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/19/05 at 10:49 AM ET
It wasn't that the Flyers couldn't handle rowing. They did fine for a bunch of guys who spend all their time playing sports on frozen water. It's just that when you need your hands to make a living, having blisters on them gets in the way. And anyone who ever has handled a sweep oar knows that blisters come with the sport, not to mention the occasional splinters and sore backs. "When they told us we were going out for a warmup, we all thought we were going for a half-hour warmup and we ended up coming back an hour and 45 minutes later," captain Keith Primeau said. "By the time we got out of the boats, everybody's back was aching and they had blisters on their hands, blisters on their feet. We could have gone back out, but [head coach Ken Hitchcock] would have had to give us [today] off because it would have taken us that long to recover." And so the plan to spend yesterday morning learning how to row eight-man boats on the Schuylkill and then racing those boats in the afternoon changed. Instead there was a long learn-to-row session with various coaches from Boathouse Row and then sandwiches, beer and the Eagles on television.
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