WATCH: Crowd Sings ‘O Canada’ at Flyers Game in Pittsburgh

Hockey fans at the Philadelphia Flyers / Pittsburgh Penguins game last night in Pittsburgh turned out a rousing rendition of Canadian national anthem “O Canada’ in a show of support following the shooting yesterday afternoon in Ottawa.

Crooner Jeff Jimerson led the crowd through the song while two maple leaves were projected onto the ice. It’s a touching tribute to Nathan Cirillo, who was killed in the attack at Ottawa’s National War Memorial. Check out the video above.

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NHL Hiring Guy on Flyers Payroll to Decide Player Punishment

The NHL is hiring former Philadelphia Flyer Chris Pronger for a job in its Player Safety Department, ESPN reports. Pronger will be one of those who decide the appropriate punishment for illegal hits.

But there’s an issue: Pronger is still being paid by the Flyers. Pronger last played in 2011, his career cut shot from concussion-like symptoms. He’s not ever going to play again, but he’s still under contract.

Pronger’s contract, which he signed in 2007, pays him until 2017. So each year he’s quietly shuffled onto long-term injured reserve at the start of the season. It’s beneficial for both the Flyers and for Pronger. If he were to officially retire, Pronger wouldn’t be entitled to collect his salary. Also, per NHL rules the Flyers would be stuck with a cap hit of several million in “dead” money; by putting him on long-term IR, he doesn’t count against the salary cap.

And people are upset about his new role in the NHL.

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DO THIS: Flyers Pep Rally Tomorrow at Dilworth Park

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The Philadelphia Flyers are hosting a pep rally tomorrow at Dilworth Park to celebrate the team’s first home game of the season—against the New Jersey Devils.

The event will be hosted by 97.5 The Fanatic host Jason Myrtetus, and, while no current teammates will be on hand, Flyers alumni like Brian Boucher, Bob “The Hound” Kelly, and Todd Fedoruk will show up in a cavalcade led by members of the U.S. Army. 

In addition to getting crowds all Flyered up, there will be contests and giveaways to score t-shirts and other team memorabilia.

Things get started at lunchtime tomorrow, October 9th, from noon to 1 p.m. at Dilworth Park (Broad and Market streets.) Team spirit mandatory.

Should Flyers Claude Giroux Be a Late Addition to Team Canada?

Feb 1, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA;  Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) celebrates a goal against the Los Angeles Kings in the third period of game at Staples Center. Philadelphia Flyers won 2-0. Photo | Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 1, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) celebrates a goal against the Los Angeles Kings in the third period of game at Staples Center. Philadelphia Flyers won 2-0. Photo | Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday afternoon the Tampa Bay Lightning announced that star sniper Steven Stamkos would not participate in the Winter Olympics for Team Canada. His horrificly fractured leg has not healed enough for him to be cleared to play. So the immediate speculation is who will replace the two-time NHL goal-scoring leader.

When the Canadian Olympic hockey team was announced in early January, Flyers captain Claude Giroux was not named to the roster. Giroux had been off to a slow start, but has picked things up significantly in the last month. Also not named to the team in early January was Stamkos’ teammate Martin St. Louis.

So will Giroux be named to Team Canada now? 

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Have the Flyers Finally Solved Their Goalie Problem? Unlikely!

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Ray Emery doing what Ray Emery does.

The Flyers were in just their seventh season when they won the Stanley Cup in 1974. They won another one in 1975. Two Stanley Cups in eight years! If the Flyers had stayed near that pace, they’d have had 9 or 10 more Cups by 2013.

Unfortunately for Flyers fans, the team did not keep winning Cups. The last time the team won a Stanley Cup was 1975. Frank Rizzo was mayor. City Hall was the tallest building in the Philly. The NHL had 18 teams.

They have had chances.

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Tonight: Play Video Games and Win NHL ’13

Tonight at Drinker’s West (39th and Chestnut), Crossing Broad is hosting an NHL ’12 Tournament on Xbox 360. To play, arrive before 8 p.m. and enter. The winner takes home a copy of NHL ’13 which hits stores today.

You Can Play – If You’re Gay

Patrick Burke, a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers, joins his father Brian and several hockey all-stars in a new PSA to fight homophobia in the sports world. Burke, who’s brother Brendan, fought for gay equality in sports before his untimely death, gives a testimony to his legacy and the need for gay rights among athletes with a simple message that if you’re gay you can still play.

The PSA is part of the You Can Play Project that invites 10 NHL players to join the Burkes in their efforts to level the playing field – or in this case – the rink. The Flyers’ own James Van Riemsdyk is featured in the video, along with pros Brian Boyle,Tyler Bozak, Mark Fayne, Andy Greene, Frans Nielsen, George Parros, Brendon Prust, David Steckel and R.J. Umberger.

Check it out:

For more videos from You Can Play, click here.

Are the Flyers Serious?

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When we saw a tweet come across our Twitter feed this weekend saying the Flyers were serving a new funnel cake wrapped hot dog dusted with powdered sugar we thought it was a joke. Perhaps born out of the incessant ads for the KFC Double Down that run during Flyers games. Surely it couldn’t be a serious food item, could it?

But there it is on the Flyers web site, a poll to name this abomination. It’ll be available behind section 114 and cost $6.

Well we guess they had to do something, it looked like Shawny, the “dancing fat guy” was getting a bit svelte.

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