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Gritty makes grand entrance into Flyers home opener

Mascot, a furry favorite already, drops from ceiling in debut

by Daniel O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

He came in like a giant, furry, orange wrecking ball.

Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers mascot, made a grand entrance to his first-ever home game at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.

The Internet's favorite mascot didn't disappoint in his game debut, dropping from the rafters, swinging to and fro as the arena sound system blasted the Miley Cyrus hit "Wrecking Ball."

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: Never change, @GrittyNHL. Now THAT���S how you make an entrance. #LetsGoFlyers pic.twitter.com/yDtYZGKGSV

Gritty got all the way to the ice in 25 seconds.

NBC Sports Philadelphia also shared their version of the entrance.

Tweet from @NBCSPhilly: Eat your heart out @MileyCyrus, @GrittyNHL came in like a wrecking ball tonight.Here's his incredible entrance into his first home regular season game. pic.twitter.com/WpqsY7HAy3

Ahead of the Flyers home opener against the San Jose Sharks, Gritty got into a bit of a trash-talking, or video-making rather, dustup with his counterpart, SJ Sharkie.

This is just the latest big moment for Gritty, who has already appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and has had his likeness inked on at least one Flyers fan permanently.

You do you, Gritty.

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