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Flyers giving out 'Stay Classy Philly' T-shirts

Promotion based partly on PA announcer's message to disgruntled fans during Game 3

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers public address announcer Lou Nolan was the voice of the organization's embarrassment in the third period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Washington Capitals. 

Now he's the face of a giveaway T-shirt for fans attending Game 6 at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday (12 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

The orange shirts feature Nolan's face and the phrase, "Stay Classy Philly!"

"I got a message Friday that if we won [Game 5] I'd be on them," Nolan said. "I was very surprised."

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: Lou's ready for Game 6; are you? #WSHvsPHI

The wording is a takeoff of the catchphrase of Ron Burgundy, the faux-TV newsman played by Will Ferrell in the film "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."

It's also based in part on Nolan's scolding of Wells Fargo Center fans during Game 3. 

When Flyers fans pelted the ice with wristbands that had been used for a pregame light show, Nolan warned them to stop. 

"OK ladies and gentlemen, hold those wrist bands in your hands," he said. "Show some class. This is Philly. This is not someplace else in the NHL. Hold them, put them on your wrist where they're supposed to be. Do not throw them on the ice. Have some class."

When fans ignored his warning, referees assessed the Flyers a minor penalty for delay of game. After announcing the penalty, Nolan scolded the fans, saying, "Way to go."

Nolan has worked for the Flyers since their inaugural season and has done PA announcements since 1972. But his announcements late in the third period of Game 3 earned him some viral recognition.

"It was unbelievable. My phone blew up, and then this shirt thing came and my phone blew up again. I don't know where I'm going to get all the shirts I need."

The shirts could end up as the Nolan family holiday card. 

"My wife said she wants a family picture with everybody wearing them," he said.

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