From left to right: Krista, Ralph, and Kellie Manoppello at the 2012 Winter Classic.

Flyers Hockey: The Family of Fans

“Hockey fans have an amazing history together, like a small fraternity.” It’s a long-standing tradition in sports, older generations passing their fandom down to younger generations. Scores of fans will tell you that they became fans of their favorite teams because they were brought up in a family of passionate sports fans. You’ll find this often in the major sports towns, like Philadelphia, where a fan’s love for their team is homegrown. 54-year-old Ralph Manoppello of Conshohocken has been a Flyers fan since before the team first lifted the Stanley Cup, and thanks to him, his daughters Kellie and Krista …

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Flyers Hockey: The Fans

There are a number of different facets that make up the Flyers brand of hockey. In this series, we’ve discussed the team/style of play, the organization, and now it’s time to turn the focus to the fans — a group in a league all their own. Flyers fans have gained a bad rep, and while it’s true that there are a select few who deserve it, the Flyers fanbase as a whole is an incredible group of people. Passionate, fiercely loyal, the people who rise and fall and live and die with a Flyers season. These are the people who …

Eric Lindros and Bobby Clarke skate together during the 2012 Winter Classic Alumni Game.

Flyers Hockey: The Organization

Ask anyone who is affiliated with the Philadelphia Flyers, and they will tell you that the organization is good to its players, both current and former. For proof, look no further than the team’s front office. Bobby Clarke, the longtime face of the organization while a player, is the team’s Senior Vice President. Dave Brown and Derian Hatcher both hold player personnel positions, while Craig Berube is an assistant coach. And former players Riley Cote and Terry Murray both now hold coaching positions with the Adirondack Phantoms, the Flyers’ AHL affiliate. Have you missed a Bernie Parent signing? No worries. …

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Flyers Hockey: An Introduction

Grit. Resilience. Tenacity. Passion. Those four words are just a few of many that can be used to describe Flyers hockey. But the idea of Flyers hockey encompasses so much more than a few random terms that are thrown around during every hockey broadcast and postgame analysis around the league. Flyers hockey goes beyond what happens on the ice. It goes into the stands and into the streets of Philadelphia to the fans; it goes into the offices of the Wells Fargo Center to the staff; and it goes into the hearts of every player who dons the Orange & …