Blog Entry

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.

For more hockey news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnHockey and @BrianStubitsNHL on Twitter.


Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 4:36 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

LOL, you must not go to many Mets vs. Phillies games in Philly then where there are hundreds of obnoxious New Yorkers doing the same thing.  Just a funny comparison being that it definately goes both ways.  As for this incident the Philly drunks are dispicable, but don't act like it is just a Philly thing.  In general the Northeast fans are ruthless, and that is coming from someone that has been to Patriots, Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, Mets, and Jets games all in which there have been fights in my section.  None of which were as bad as this incident being this was more an assault in the streets.  That being said it is a growing problem as we need to start respecting eachother more as human beings and not just view eachother as rivals and enemies.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 4:23 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

The guys who did this ought to be ashamed & embarrased at how much of trash low lives they are, this is a disgrace & as a Philadelphia Fan I am ashamed.

Now, that being said, New York fans don't act like your the the 2nd coming of Mother Teresa. I was given tickets to a Rangers game in the Garden, I have never been there & was excited to go with my wife & 15 month old son who was experiencing his 1st EVER live sporting event & I must say besides some friendly ribbing, the Rangers shut the FLyers out that night, the Fans were mostly nice & fun to talk too, HOWEVER, during the 3rd period when Zac Rinaldo pasted Dan Girardi in the boards, one of the few things to get excited about as a Flyers fan that day, I stood up with my son in my arms and gave a fist pump, not even a verbal cheer just a fist pump, when out of knowhere a bottle came down & hit my son in the back of the head, now the bottle was plastic but that's not the point here, When I handed my son to my wife & stood and looked behind me & asked if anyone had seen or saw what happened I got no help from any Rangers fans, protecting your own I see, & when I challenged whomever to stand up and be a man & come see me face to face I was met with silence from the masses because I guess a 6'3 230lb. man who is now in Daddy Protection mode, believe me I woulda hurt someone at that point, would keep even the brave at heart thinking before being a man and admitting to what was a freakin 15 month old!!!! Now, I got apologies from fans sitting around me which was nice but still didn't change the fact that some asshole fan was pissed because another human being in a Flyers jersey took a moment to cheer in "His team's house" but was a spinless coward to back it up. My point in all of this is A: Rangers fans don't come on these boards and talk like your shit or city don't stink, because it does! B: This happens ALL over from all places and therein lies the problem. It should be fun to go to another arena not a threatening experience. I agree that some of the younger Philly Sports fans have adopted a gang mentality when they go to games which is both disgraceful and laughable. GROW up all the tuff guy idiot assholes on all teams who go to games almost strictly looking for conflict.

Does it happen WAY TO MUCH at Philadelphia sporting events ABSOLUTLY!
Does it happen all over the place just as much as Philly anymore..HELL YES!
So before you come on these boards spewing all this hatred about how bad one teams fan base is take a long look in the mirror and realize that your fanbase has the same kind of things happen as well.

Now lets get back to trying to enjoy a sporting event for what it is and that's entertainment & the ability to take some time away from our real lives and enjoy a good sporting event. I was at Rangers vs. Flyers famous shootout goal game back 2010 and had two Rangers fans in front of me, & me and my buddy and these two guys had a blast talking and joking around and ribbing eachother in good fun...LET'S GET BACK TO THIS PEOPLE and stop the finger pointing because believe it or not, NOT ALL FANS ARE CREATED EQUAL in Philly...but then again I'm from South Jersey so maybe something in the city water makes the masses more violent...just saying.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 4:22 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Bmu...look up the word irony. Thanks.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 4:21 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

When I wore my Eagles jersey in Orlando (We were in Disney by the way.  The story gets better) for the Eagles Bucs game, I had no idea I was putting my family in danger.  But guess what, there are plenty of knuckleheads that get crazy at these games

evidently Philly fans are also not very creative if thats the best story they can make up.

you are seriously trying to make us believe that your family was threatened by wild Buc's fans at Disneyworld because you wore an Eagles jersey?

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 4:21 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Did anyone expect anything else from the Philly fans?

Since: Apr 9, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 4:09 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

wow first let me just say, that i do not condone the actions of these people and hope that they will be prosecuted to the full extent. 

but seriously, some of these comments sound like they were written by 12 year olds, who in one breath have no problem claiming that they and their city have "class" but in the next go on to make derogatory comments about others. show me how that is classy because it's not. you are just being hypocritical.

Typical white trash Philly fan juvenile beHavior. It's funny how Philly fans only act like tough guys when their is a large contingent behind them. If it isn't 10 on 2 they won't ever throw down. It's a shame because I know there are some good passionate fans there and many come to citi field or MSG and you never hear stories like this in ny. Because most people from ny have too much class to stoop to that trailer park mentality. Stay classy Philadelphia! Can't wait to come back to Philly feb 11th watch the rangers wax the flyers again
that comment right there is a prime example of what i am talking about.  "oh ny is just way too classy to do ANYTHING like that" well i call BS! i am a season ticket holder for the phillies and every year when the mets come to philly to play the phils i have to sell my tickets and do you know why? because the first few mets/phillies games i went to there were constantly fights. do you know who started the majority of these fights? mets fans! so don't tell me that you new yorkers are too "classy" to do anything like this because we all know that is complete and utter BS. you can google ANY city in the US and find that they all have incidents at sporting events. i hope the majority of you can take off your homer glasses and realize that.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 3:48 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

The Grammar in these posts are truly awesome, must be a philly thing.  I guess it's much easier to assault someone than attend school.  By the way philly fan, you've been classless since you booed Mike Schmidt.  Actually it is probably light years before that I just can't remember any specific incidents.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 3:48 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

stay classy Philly. i like how on HBO's 24/7, (not shown on TV), the flyers refused to shake hands with the Rangers. Then, after they LOST the wionter classic, they were awkardly half rasing their hands to the crowd. like; eeeeh, thanks for coming?. eeeh.    Couldnt have happened to a better pack of jackovs.  Classless. But what else would u expect for a city who embrasses mike vick as a real hero.  

Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 3:16 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 3:10 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

It happens more in Philly than anywhere else.. If you can't see that then you are in denial or completely ignorant. Remember whenever Philly goes on the road and they have a large contigent of fans behind them they provoke and instigate like British Soccer houligans on the road at a world cup event. They never came to Citi field because they sucked for 30 years and no fans would ever step foot in shea. Now they come on their gay bus trips with 500 fans and act like neanderthals since 2009.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or