The start of something new is a unique time, and today we start something new called Biweekly on Broad Street. This is a series that will recap the last two weeks of the Philadelphia Flyers and any progress pertaining to the organization. This will also cover anything from news to awards, to even a new segment we’re calling Gritty’s Escapades. This week we have a recap from the IIHF, some of the player’s highlights, and some extra craziness.
Its Time for Gritty’s Escapades!
We’re going to start off the first edition with of course another first. We’re going to be talking about the first time Gritty soared down from the rafters. As he came down amid cheers and to Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball.” At the home opener for the Wells Fargo Center, the hype around Gritty’s debut was incredible.
All the critics stated that he looked like a monster from a child’s nightmare or, as I called him, a Scottish Fozzie. He received a lot of pushback for his look, but all of that changed on this glorious day.
Once Gritty made his debut, all of the neigh-sayers turned into believers. They discovered that Gritty was not only a mascot, but he was also a meme that turned the mascot game on its head. Make sure to vote for Gritty in the #NHLFanChoice awards that conclude on June 15th.
Flyers Take It From Broad Street to Overseas
As the Flyers went home after the season was over, a good portion of players went on to the IIHF World Championship. Being that the Flyers are a mixed bag of nuts, they spread out among their home countries vying for gold.
Nine total players and one coach (the head coach of course) took it to Slovakia to play the game they love for the people they love. While no players were on the Finnish winning team, four of the ten Flyers brought home medals for their country.
Alain Vigneault earned silver as
Voracek racked up 4 goals and 12 assists proving to be the standout of the Flyers players. Alongside Robert Hagg, Oskar Lindblom racked up 3 goals and 1 assist for Sweden but lost to the eventual winners in the quarter-finals.
Michael Raffl scored 4 goals for Austria while playing with his older brother Thomas. Finally, JVR put up 2 goals and 3 assists for the US, but just like the Swedish team, they fell short of the semi-finals as well. In the end, five out of the nine players ended up in the semi-finals, but Voracek and Gudas missed out on medals to Russia.
Gotta Love Highlights
On a lighter note, the Flyers released a ton of player highlight pieces for all of our favorite players. These showcase some of the best moments of the season for each player.
It’s sort of bittersweet to see all of these because you get to see how hard everyone had worked this season but fell short. From Couturier to Voracek, Giroux to JVR, these will certainly give you some chills.
However, in the spirit of firsts, I believe the best one to view is Carter Hart. It’s his first year in the NHL, so why not include his first highlight piece. Besides, I’m a sucker for a good goaltender montage.
Looking Forward On Broad Street
In addition to all of this, there was a celebration this weekend for Memorial Day, and the Memorial Cup was being contested for. Said Memorial Cup featured a young Issac Radcliffe who will feature in an article soon, so stay tuned. But as far as this edition of Biweekly on Broad Street, that about wraps it up. Stay safe, and I’ll see you next paycheck.
Stats via IIHF.com
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