Flyers Faithful’s own Hal Greenblatt grew up just outside of Philadelphia in Ambler, PA. He attended Temple University and graduated with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. He received his Master’s degree from Villanova University in Human Services and Counseling. During junior year of high school through freshman year of college, he worked for the Philadelphia Eagles writing stories and creating content for PhiladelphiaEagles.com.
Hal grew up a Philadelphia sports fan and is a “4 for 4″ guy. He attends all sporting events and lists Game 5 of the Phillies World Series as his highlight.
#5: Coaching Changes
If I have learned anything as a Flyers fan, it is never the players fault for losing games. Remember, the players play the games and the coaches coach. So, when a change must be made, it is absolutely the coach who has to go. Forget that the coaches system helped to lead another team to a Stanley Cup, here in Philadelphia, it is player first!
I was born in 1984. I have been a Flyers fan since 1987 (I’m assuming that is when my first actual memories occurred). In my time as a fan, I have seen 31 magnificent goaltenders come through and play at least one game. What other professional team would allow that? Here in Philadelphia, if you can lace ‘em up, we’ll give you a shot. How can you not love that?
#3: Trading Away Prospects/Picks
Who needs prospects when you can trade for 39-year old Adam Oates!? Honestly, who cares about prospects when you can have the over-the-hill veteran presence on their last legs? I love seeing former Flyers across the league living up to their potential!
#2: Signing Older Free Agents/Overvaluing Own Free Agents
Bring me Mark Streit and Hal Gill and Dale Hawerchuk! Bring me all the veterans! Bring me massive contracts for mid-tier players. Bring me no cap flexibility! I love me some overvaluing players.
#1: The Fans
But for real, I love the Flyers because WE have the best fans in hockey. Where else can you guarantee a sell out every night even though we know the end result? Every year, we know that our team will work their butts off to put a good product on the ice. Every year we shell out our hard earned cash for regular season tickets knowing the ultimate goal is just out of our grasp. But no matter what, we show up, wear our jerseys, and scream our faces off.
Our fans are the best in hockey, and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
The Five Reasons to Love the Flyers feature was inspired by the Five Reasons I Love Hockeyfeature on the Puck Daddy blog. This column should run biweekly on Thursdays. If you are a diehard Flyers fan and would like to submit your list of reasons to love the Flyers, contact us.