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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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Comments

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:04 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

When they finally arrest the 3 inbred animals instead of sending them to jail they should take turns in net at MSG with no pads and let del zotto and gaborik fire rockets at them for 20 minutes until they break their faces.


beer is great
Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:55 pm
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Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:27 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

good thing i dont live in either of those cities



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:21 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

fighting is a part of hockey Bailey

Yep sure is, but like the pros its usually a 1 on 1, 4 on 4,not 5 on 2.Your scum just like belmar and Philthadelphia.



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:20 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

i didnt call him out, i was just letting him know what an idiot he is



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:18 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

fighting is a part of hockey



Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:16 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

SHOCKING!!! Been to Philly twice and BOTH times faced similar experiences! Can remember a story years back where a 70 year women was assaulted at a Eagles game.. As ALWAYS... STAY CLASSY PHILLY!! Close second is a Buffalo Sabres vs. TO. game in the Buff...



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:15 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic


      
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bsp; your right bro,but every time i look at the video i get pissed even more.i need to let it go Bailey your still a pussy too



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:12 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

you have got to be kidding me and get a clue



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:10 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic


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Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:05 pmScore: 47Rate This Post:

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Are you a Rangers fan? Must be, strong words no action.


Thats right hide behind the computer,typical Philly Coward,anytime bro dial me up Ill show u action like its the 4th of july.



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