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Flyers introduce Gritty, their new mascot

Philadelphia unveils orange, googly eyed friend on social media, at preseason game

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Meet Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers' new mascot.

The Flyers unveiled the orange-haired, googly eyed guy to the world via social media and a public event in Philadelphia on Monday.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: Join us in welcoming the newest member of the #Flyers Family, @GrittyNHL!!Learn more about Gritty: https://t.co/eQRwTtD54w pic.twitter.com/njHQO1824b

According to the Flyers website, Gritty is a lifelong Flyers fan who enjoys both snow from the Zamboni and hot dogs. His bio says he is loyal and mischievous, and earned his name by displaying a gritty attitude, much like that of the Flyers.

Video: Flyers new mascot 'Gritty' takes a spill in debut

The Flyers said some recent construction at Wells Fargo Center disturbed his secret hideout, forcing him to reveal himself for the first time publicly.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: Well, this is interesting... pic.twitter.com/KfMlTJpuxy

Gritty made his on-ice debut at the Flyers' preseason game against the Boston Bruins at Wells Fargo Center on Monday, and took a few tumbles while trying to shoot t-shirts into the crowd. It's preseason for everyone, folks. A film session and some practice will get him in tip top shape for the regular season.

Fans can follow Gritty's rookie season on social media through his Twitter and Instagram accounts. 

Tweet from @GrittyNHL: It me. #Gritty pic.twitter.com/HfTMVtEAFy

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