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Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:37 am
Edited on: January 5, 2012 9:46 am

By Brian Stubits

Fan-on-fan violence has hit hockey again and unfortunately for the good fans of the Philadelphia Flyers, it will further sully their overall bad reputation.

The Winter Classic was great. It was a fun event, turned out to be a really entertaining game and sure seemed to be a hit in Philadelphia to me. Despite the large numbers of New York Rangers fans I saw in attendance, there was nothing more than a few boos for the Blueshirt fans walking around the stadium before the game.

It was after the game that things got rough.

When you want a quick meal in South Philly, where do you go? Geno's Steaks, of course, one of the most renowned Philly cheesesteaks in the world. Naturally, there were fans of both the Rangers and Flyers waiting in line when a fight broke out. I'm not even sure if fight is the right word, more like an assault.

Here is video of the incident and Philadelphia Fox 29's story. (NSFW warning: there is some cursing.)

Apparently proud of their efforts, you can hear one of the attackers telling the Rangers fan that was just knocked cold to "go to [expletive deleted] sleep."

What was the cause of the disturbance, was it some postgame trash talk that heated everybody up? According to the Fox report, it was a situation where the Flyers fans bribed a local window washer to come and squirt the Rangers fans with water. That led to the hostilities boiling over and the above being the result.

One of the two Rangers fans that was assaulted is reportedly a police officer who was off duty. He was taken to a hospital in North New Jersey near his home, in the Woodbridge township. From the Star-Ledger:

"He took a severe beating," township spokesman John Hagerty said, adding that the officer was taken to a hospital, where he required stitches to close wounds. Hagerty refused to release the name of the officer, though News 12 New Jersey identified him as Neil Auricchio Jr., an Iraq war veteran.

Thanks to Facebook and SB Nation's Broad Street Hockey -- and one person's intelligence -- the Philadelphia police have a pretty good lead. Check out the information that Broad Street Hockey's Travis Hughes dug up and turned over to the police.

The dispute might not have been related to the game, I don't know, but what I can deduce is that these Rangers fans were picked partly because they were wearing blue instead of orange. It's stories like this that will continue to dissuade fans to wear opposing team colors to games, a sad development if I may say so.

This is the second fan violence incident in hockey in a little more than a week. You'll recall the story in San Jose of a 16-year-old girl being hit over the head and concussed at a Sharks game because she was wearing a Canucks jersey. In that case it was one hit and the accused attacker said it was an accident. There is no using that excuse in this melee.

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Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:08 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Whatever makes you sleep better man.  Anybody and everybody that follows sports know very well that Phili fans are the most violent fans in North America.  Not all of them, as a matter of fact a very large percentage aren't but in comparison to other cities it's not even close.  Booing and throwing things at woman and players on stretchers is what they are good at....
Is that so?  Please provide statiscal evidence to back up your worthless claim.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:04 pm
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Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:02 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

i was talking about the ranger fans losing the fight to flyer fans

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:59 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

How many Sports teams have a circuit court judge in their stadium?..Nuff said....IT IS A PHILLY THING
Actually, quite a few have them including a jail cell.  I know one place that doesn't have a judge (anymore).  Philadelphia.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:59 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

If this kind of thing keeps up we are going to get into a situation like in England , where visiting teams fans are allocated a section of the arena to sit and cheer . It is really sad when a few idiots are going to ruin things for masses, but its human nature i guess, there is always a few bad apples in every bunch.

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:56 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

your post just proved one are in the Elite Group of Philly fans...sucker punching scumbags

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:50 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

It's funny how some people threaten each other about threatening each other from behind a computer.  Then it goes back and forth and everyone else reading it thinks you are an idiot especially when you are posting about how wrong it was for these fans to jump another fan.  It's a paradox of irony.  

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:46 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Pathetic,... Tough drunk guys because their team got beat... Sadest part is these 2 dbags wont even be caught... Now, im sure this will lead to crap starting at the Garden next Rangers/Flyers game.  And these internet tough guys who say this is the fans fault for wearing a jersey, man I hope you have that same reaction if something goes down against a Flyers fan outside of Philly, cause the whole country just saw another example of classlessness in Philly.

Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:44 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Wow, alot of vile towards Philly from New York fans. Hmmm, this actually sounds familiar, fan in hostile environment, sucker punched, then others throwing punches as fan is outnumbered. Oh yeah, here's the link:, happened at Giants stadium against Birds fan. Funny, don't recall this article on CBS sports. Typical NY hypocrite scumbags. Stay classy
Mets86. Nothing says the Big Apple like the smell of urine.

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:43 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

2 world for flyers fans. HOME DEPOT!!!!!'

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