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Rangers fan talks about post-Classic assault

Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:23 am
Edited on: January 19, 2012 11:29 am
 

By Brian Stubits

Neal Auricchio, the New York Rangers fan who was assaulted and hospitalized after the Winter Classic in Philadelphia, is still recovering from his injuries. He will need surgery to repair the broken bone under his left eye and he continues to deal with the effects of a concussion.

The Iraq War veteran and police officer from northern New Jersey spoke to NBC New York about the assault and his ongoing recovery this week, mentioning his general anger toward the whole situation.

Auricchio also talked about what led to the altercation and he mentioned that some drunk Flyers fans came up them provoking the situation by taking his friend's hat to spit in it and throwing cigarette butts at them.

The news report also mentions that the man Philadelphia police arrested in connection with the assault, Dennis Veteri, was released on $400,000 bond, a price that was set so high because of his 11 previous arrests (with seven convictions) for offenses involving either assault or drugs.

Auricchio was recently given tickets to a game last this season from the Rangers at Madison Square Garden after coach John Tortorella called Auricchio himself.

This whole story has been a sad and uplifting all at the same time for me. There is nothing positive to pull from the incident itself. But the way fans have galvanized to try and bring the perpetrators to justice, in particular Philadelphia fans who had no hesitation in condemning the assault, has been great to see. In a world where fan-on-fan violence is becoming more and more common, that's refreshing.

H/t to The New York Rangers Blog

Previously at Eye on Hockey

Suspect posts bail after increase to $400K
Rangers fans assaulted after Winter Classic
Rangers give assaulted fan tickets to game

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Comments

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:02 pm
 

Rangers fan talks about post-Classic assault

Right... we arent all bad but I could kick your @$$!!!! 

big whoop!

Wanna fight about it!
lol, Yeh! 

You sound like a little irish man from family guy, but I think you would look more like ND's mascot

nevebrgonnacathmeyouwathingyourtime

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Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:44 pm
 

Rangers fan talks about post-Classic assault

yes the prospect of the victim being a cop, and this guy spending time in prison is delicious, that will be the hardest of hard time. 




Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:30 pm
 

Rangers fan talks about post-Classic assault

  The low level of discourse I read here just about says it all. The only thing missing at this dot com are the sucker punches, the gang up beat downs, hit him while he's defenseless actions of more than a few thugs w/ hockey jerseys on...these guys are criminals out looking for marks with the cover of "you can't wear a Ranger jersey here"...as if a true sports fan would be protecting his turf at Genos cheese steak!!!...these guys have watched too many episodes of The Sopranos....I hope the punk ass bitch they have arrested does some years at a federal lock up where his attitude will only get him some wig and lip stick time w/ the boys. These thugs that roam the Philly sports venues need to be rounded up on sight and removed to a holding pen til everyone there for the show gets to have their fun and go home.....it is a continueing disgrace to the city that these losers from south jersey slip over the bridge to create their mayhem, perpetrate violent crimes, and slip back over the bridge to jersey to the scummy little neighborhoods they come from....stop calling them Flyers fans, please. The jerseys buy them cover, they're just criminal thugs of very low mentality.
...and I agree w/ those here that have stated the need for a real police presence at these hot spots people have known about for 35 years.... and in the future, the cheese steaks at 4th and south are way better and the area is well lighted and policed....Genos is walking into the den of the devil after a Flyers match...especially when they lose. Too bad for the cop...glad the vast majority of Philadelphians rallied to his side and helped catch the coward they now have..... and too bad his family was able to put up their houses to release him...he should rot in jail along with his buddies....he'll sing like the punk he is and start nameing names soon....stay tuned.



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:26 pm
 

Rangers fan talks about post-Classic assault

real men.  throwing cigi butts and spitting at people and then attacking from behind when its 3 on 1.  what a fucking scum bag, how many times has this asswipe been arrested 7?  



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 8:34 am
 

Rangers fan talks about post-Classic assault

I would wear mine regardless.  Good luck taking me down if you feel that bitter about the situation. 

Way to go against what America stands for by trying to punish the many for the actions of a few.



Right... we arent all bad but I could kick your @$$!!!! 

big whoop!

Wanna fight about it!





Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 8:32 am
 

Rangers fan talks about post-Classic assault

that some drunk fans came up them provoking the situation by taking his friend's hat to spit in it and throwing cigarette butts at them.

This was all redundant.  He could have just said he was confronted by a philadelphian, and the cops would have went oh, that sucks. 



We tried to warn you to stay away from that place. 



Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 20, 2012 8:02 am
 

Rangers fan talks about post-Classic assault

It's a game, we are passionate fanatics, we are proud (most anyway) of our cities, yes. But we are members of a larger community, the USA. Absolutely no excuse for this desrespect.



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 6:00 am
 

Rangers fan talks about post-Classic assault

Dear Rocktpwr....there is, and always has been, an "h" in Pittsburgh.  I'll get classy if you learn how to spell.  BTW ... it is difficult to be classy when speaking or writing of Philly fans.  And that city just plain sucks.  It's like driving into a black & white movie.  



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:52 pm
 

Rangers fan talks about post-Classic assault

"Anytime you involve Philadelphia fans in anything, trouble ensues.  I think it is penis envy." .....And comments like those give are a wonderful endorsement and example of Pittsburg fans. Stay classy, pyshie.



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:53 pm
 

Rangers fan talks about post-Classic assault

Or, clitoris envy, as the case may be.


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