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Gritty meets Flyers coach Vigneault, proposes with sparkling whistle

Philadelphia mascot helps welcome new hire by gifting piece of hardware

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / NHL.com Staff Writer

Alain Vigneault being named coach of the Philadelphia Flyers wasn't official until it was Gritty official. 

The famed orange mascot sealed the deal Thursday when he got down on one knee and proposed to Vigneault with a shiny new whistle. He then sent Gritty's heart aflutter when he accepted and showed his gift off for the cameras. 

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: Coach Vigneault,Will you accept this whistle?🧡🖤,@GrittyNHL pic.twitter.com/Xa3TFUbVaA

Vigneault was hired Monday as the Flyers coach, replacing interim coach Scott Gordon. He spoke Thursday about wanting to check winning a Stanley Cup championship off his bucket list after a couple of close calls during his 16 seasons as coach of the New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens, but he's already started his tenure with some impressive new hardware.

May they be blessed with many seasons of happiness.

Tweet from @GrittyNHL: he said yes! pic.twitter.com/AojFqV3Rsu

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