Philadelphia, PA (February 23, 2017) - In honor of Hockey Week Across America, the Philadelphia Flyers recently surprised two local youth hockey teams with the full Flyers game day experience. The nine and 10-year-old players of the Wissahickon Warriors and Hatfield Ice Dogs were caught off guard as the Flyers took over the Wissahickon Skating Club in Philadelphia and made it feel as if the teams were playing professional hockey at the Wells Fargo Center for a day.
As pre-game warm ups wound down, the Flyers kicked off the surprise takeover with an orange mob of Flyers fans, led by Ice Girls and a full drumline, filling the bleachers of the rink. The Flyers Fun Patrol rallied the crowd with t-shirts, bobble heads, cheer cards, and more while the players went back to the locker rooms for a surprise change in attire ̶ each player received a personalized Flyers jersey, with the Warriors getting 2017 NHL Stadium Series™ jerseys and the Ice Dogs receiving Flyers 50th Anniversary jerseys.
The game got underway with player introductions by Flyers longtime PA Announcer Lou Nolan, followed by Anthemist Lauren Hart's performance. Just before skating out for puck drop, the players gathered around Flyers Alumni, who served as coaches for the day. Flyers In-Game Host Shawny Hill kept the crowd animated throughout the game with t-shirt tosses, crowd interviews, and an on-ice shootout for prizes.
The Warriors went on to sneak by the Ice Dogs with a 3-2 overtime win in front of the energized crowd, with both teams noticeably thrilled by the feeling of being an NHL star for the day - a moment they'll never forget.