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Rangers give fan beaten in Philly tickets to game

Posted on: January 11, 2012 4:45 pm

By Brian Stubits

Just after the New Year, we relayed to you the story out of Philadelphia where a Rangers fan was badly beaten by some Flyers fans outside of Geno's Steaks following New York's 3-2 win in the Winter Classic.

The victim is 30-year-old Neal Auricchio, a police officer in New Jersey and former purple heart honoree from his service in Iraq as a marine. He is also a life-long Rangers fan who was on leave from his duty with the police after his wife gave birth the week before Christmas.

While the police investigation to find the men responsible for beating Auricchio and damaging his eye socket to the point of requiring surgery, the Rangers have set into motion a day for Auricchio to come to Madison Square Garden for a game on them. He'll be on hand Feb. 27 when the Rangers host the New Jersey Devils

Rangers coach John Tortorella was the one who called to give Auricchio the news.

“It absolutely lifted his spirits,” his wife Maria Auricchio told the New York Post. “He’s, and we’re all, such big Rangers fans. It was great [to get Tortorella’s call].”

I tell ya, between this and his relationship with Liam Trainer, Tortorella is going to win over some more fans.

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Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:00 pm

Rangers give fan beaten in Philly tickets to game

You know, it's a shame that this had to happen. That poor bastard. It was a great occasion to see the Old Timers from both organIzations, it made me feel like a kid again.

I am a Flyer fan and it makes me sick that this took place. Flyer fans are crazy, but you need to respect when somone comes in to your town to enjoy a game.

You are right to be angry, but the you never want to see retaliation towards another innocent. However, if I KNEW who these scumbags were, then I would gladly ship them up in a cab to MSG for the next Rangers game, they deserve it.    

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:33 pm
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