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Flyers donate warmup jerseys to troops on Military Appreciation Night

Team also let soldiers announce starting lineup before game vs. Islanders

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

The Philadelphia Flyers honored the troops by giving them the shirts off their backs.

The Flyers donated special warmup jerseys to 23 veterans as part of Military Appreciation Night against the New York Islanders on Saturday.

Tweet from @billmeltzer: The @NHLFlyers gave the @FlyersWarrior the jerseys off their backs after warmups.

The Flyers sported camouflage jerseys during the pregame warmup then gifted the top to each military member. Many Flyers players signed the jersey for his assigned serviceman or woman, and each player received a commemorative hat in return.

Tweet from @billmeltzer: Tyler Pitlick placed his @FlyersWarrior cap next to his helmet at his locker.

Army 1st Lt. Melissa Stockwell and Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts also participated in a ceremonial puck drop after delighting the Flyers by announcing their starting lineup pregame. Stockwell is a two-time Paralympian who won a bronze medal in the Paratriathlon in 2016, and Pitts is a Medal of Honor recipient.

Instagram from @philadelphiaflyers: A very special reading of the starting lineup and ceremonial tonight, done by United States Army First Lieutenant and U.S. Paralympic Medalist, @mstockwell01 and US Army Staff Sgt., Medal of Honor recipient, Ryan Pitts!

Gritty even dressed the part.

Tweet from @GrittyNHL: I dedicate tonight���s performance to you, America.

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