On the 118th annual Philadelphia Sports activities Writers Affiliation banquet in Cherry Hill on Monday night time, Flyers ahead Scott Laughton and defenseman Tony DeAngelo have been every honored with particular person awards.
Laughton, 28, acquired the PSWA’s Good Man award, which is given to an area sports activities determine for his or her “excellent cooperation with the media.” Previous Flyers honorees embrace defenseman Kimmo Timonen (2015), middle Danny Brière (2008), winger Simon Gagné (2006), and middle Keith Primeau (2004).
In his tenth NHL season, all with the Flyers, Laughton is the lone letter-wearer underneath coach John Tortorella. Not solely is Laughton considered as one of many distinguished, accountable voices of the locker room by the native media, however he’s additionally perceived as one of many Flyers’ most revered leaders amongst his teammates and coaches.
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“I feel the explanation why he has a letter, it’s not due to the phrases, it’s due to who he’s and the way he carries himself,” Tortorella stated on Saturday. “We get all caught up that phrases are crucial factor so far as management. [I’m] not so certain. He simply carries himself the appropriate approach and I feel individuals gravitate to him. And I feel they comply with him so far as how he performs. That’s a vital factor in our scenario as a hockey staff proper now.”
In 44 video games this season, Laughton has 12 targets (fourth on the staff) and 16 assists (tied for fourth) for 28 factors (tied for third). Laughton leads the league in shorthanded factors (three targets, 4 assists) and is tied for second in shorthanded targets. The Flyers chosen the Oakville, Ontario, native within the first spherical, No. 20 general within the 2012 draft.
DeAngelo, 27, earned the PSWA’s Native Son/Daughter award, which is bestowed upon an area sports activities determine who grew up within the Better Philadelphia space. The primary-year Flyers defenseman hails from Sewell and performed at Hollydell Ice Area as a baby.
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The Flyers acquired DeAngelo within the offseason from the Carolina Hurricanes in trade for a 2022 second-round choose, a 2023 third-round choose (conditional), and a 2024 fourth-rounder. Common supervisor Chuck Fletcher subsequently signed him to a two-year, $10 million deal. All through his seven-year NHL profession, DeAngelo has additionally performed for the New York Rangers and Arizona Coyotes. He was chosen by the Tampa Bay Lighting within the first spherical, No. 19 general on the 2014 draft in Philadelphia.
In 43 video games with the Flyers, DeAngelo has notched seven targets (tied for seventh) and 21 assists (third) for 28 factors (tied for third). DeAngelo leads all Flyers skaters this season in common ice time at 23 minutes, 21 seconds per sport. He’s presently taking part in on the second defensive pairing alongside Travis Sanheim and has been a fixture on the Flyers’ energy play all season lengthy.
Along with recognizing Laughton and DeAngelo, the PSWA additionally honored former Inquirer author and present tv analyst Al Morganti with the Lifetime Achievement award. Final 12 months, Morganti was inducted into the Hockey Corridor of Fame because the 2022 Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award winner.
Morganti has served as a Flyers analyst with NBC Sports activities Philadelphia since 2002 and beforehand lined the Flyers for The Inquirer as a beat author from 1979-89. He was additionally an NHL analyst with ESPN from 1993-2005.