The Philadelphia Flyers will salute the Armed Forces on "Military Appreciation Night, presented by Toyota" during the Tuesday, November 8 game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Wells Fargo Center.
In advance of the evening's game, Flyers Alumni Kimmo Timonen, Brad Marsh, Bob Kelly, Jim Watson, and Todd Fedoruk will host an on-ice clinic for 30 children and families from the United Heroes League at the Wells Fargo Center, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The United Heroes League ensures that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in sports and are a new partner of the Flyers this season.
During the evening's pre-game warmups, the Flyers will wear camouflage jerseys, featuring patches of all five branches of the US Military. Following warmups, the Flyers players will surprise 23 active military members with a special jersey presentation prior to the game.
A ceremonial puck drop will be conducted by US Navy Petty Officer, Ashlea Scully, from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Alongside Scully will be US Navy Canine Officer, OJ. OJ has served two years as an explosives detector; he will drop the puck at his officer's command.
The Flyers will honor US Navy Lieutenant Commander Ryan Peters of Mount Laurel, NJ as their "Hometown Hero," presented by Rothman Institute at Jefferson. Peters' journey began after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2004. Upon becoming a US Navy SEAL, he completed three combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has since received a number of awards and ribbons.
Steve Bennett, veteran's mobile care coordinator, will be recognized during the game as the Flyers Philadelphia Insurance Co. "Community Teammate." The evening's national anthem will feature a full Color Guard with representation from soldiers serving with the US Army Philadelphia Metro Recruiting Company.
Wayne Simmonds community initiative, "Wayne's Warriors," will welcome soldiers serving with the US Army's 1-150th Assault Helicopter Battalion Alpha Company based out of Trenton. Additionally, Claude Giroux "Giroux's Crew" suite will host both military representatives with the USO, and men and women serving across all five branches of the armed forces.
Tickets for the Flyers-Red Wings game on November 8 at 7 p.m. are still available at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com, or by calling 215.218.PUCK.