“We have a little bit of rivalry off the ice as well. With anything that we do, any kind of game, there’s always a little rivalry… We’re always teasing each other.” - Danny on his relationship with Claude (x)
“They see us come in together, shopping for furniture together,” Briere said. “And they’re like, two Flyers shopping together? For furniture? And they started laughing. They said, ‘You guys are just like a couple.’”
Meet the Philadelphia Flyers. Okay, sure, they’re known as the Broad Street Bullies. And that they are. But off the ice? Honestly they’re just all children.
Bam. Exhibit A. Michael del Zotto and Ryan White (We’ll miss you, Whitey. Have fun in ‘Zona). The third episode of Stall Talk with MDZ involved a giant panda, a carousel, and a whole lot of laughing. Honestly. Try to watch them and not smile.
Y’all I don’t even care that Danny B isn’t on the team anymore. Because technically he’s always going to be a Flyer. But anyway look at this dork. Simmer there too being a dork. Gosh. Why are they so adorable. Someone help.
This is the best defensemen (fight me) in the league. With his dog, Cooper, on his head. Wow. Shayne Gostisbehere, we love you (mainly because you single handedly basically saved our sorry rear ends and also wear your dog as a hat).
Did we honestly expect anything else from these two? Michael del Zotto and Michael Raffl. Honestly. Team Picture Day. I’m just wow. They have more hair products than I, a female, do. And orange towels. I can’t handle them. Dorks.
These pictures are a tribute to most childish of all, our beloved captain, Claude Giroux. Alright, come on. If you don’t love him, you’re wrong. Guys. Look. Honestly. He’s carrying his dog in a backpack. He’s playing cards with Michael Waffle on an airplane, it looks like. Everyone loves him, tbh. Don’t deny it.
Okay, so, yeah, this is on the ice. But guys. Look at Laughts being all adorable. Who gave him permission to do this? I’m telling y’all, we’re just a bunch of kids.
Here’s one of our star goalies. With his dog, who’s name is George. Guys, I’m absolutely screaming. I’d like to thank Mase’s wife/girlfriend for this. Wow. Dork.
Here’s my tribute to Austrian child Michael Raffl. I love him so much. He can’t wrap presents for beans. I would pay money to get a gift wrapped by him, tbh.
Here’s Matt Read. And Claude Giroux, which you could barely see because he’s so well camouflaged. Matt has that face “he’s back there doing it again, isn’t he? Gosh dang it, G, we’ve talked about this. I can’t believe you.” I love these people
Where do I even begin with these two. Honestly. I don’t know where to start. Jake, what does this even mean? Wayne, how do you put up with him? I love you both so much. I’m not sure it’s healthy, but I do anyway. Gosh dang kids.
Here’s more Jake Voracek. You guys. I can’t even with him. Look at that cheeser. I’m absolutely crying. You can see he just loves to laugh. I love him.
Again, Whitey being a dork. He’s going to be missed so much. There aren’t many other guys with this much heart. Wow. He just went out there and had fun.
Anyway, that’s just part of the NHL’s Gosh Dang Team of Children. Thank you for listening.
Here are somethings I noticed that really make the Flyers perk up.
1. Tell them to have a good day/night. Usually people just say Thanks and walk away. So hearing that makes them smile a little extra.
2. Make something. I customized a sweatshirt to say “Fight like Scotty, Hit like Luke, Score like Brayden, Live like Bryz, Be sweet like Danny, Be rough like Zac.” Brayden and Luke loved it, they laughed and thought it was awesome. I’m almost positive that with the laugh and comment I got from Luke, Bryz heard something.
3. If you are a young lady, compliment them on something recent that they did. "Great hit" or “That goal last night was perfection!” a lot of the time they think we’re really just there because they have a pretty face, show them you actually watch and remember an accomplishment.
4. Don’t stare, it’s creepy.
5. Be confident, and not nervous. They are human, he’s not as awesome as you want him to be (*cough cough* Matt Read. but no really he was really sweet but really short.)
6. Don’t push anything.
7. If they’re Canadian, you will probably hear them say “eh?” don’t scream until you’re atleast outside the area.
8. If it’s a farewell signing, like for Danny Briere, tell him something that will make him feel like no matter what you support him, I told him “Prove them wrong, win the cup.” He actually gave my friend a free inscription later and I got an extra smile.
9. I was actually told that Danny Briere was an asshole, so if you hear that about the player, don’t be afraid to be extra sassy.
10. Once you meet them, unless its a two part signing, don’t stick around. Once again, creepy.
11. Though the price for the signing may be crazy (spent $85 for Danny) The memories you will have forever and the little things will make you smile long after the meet and greet is over.
12. Be confident, if you’re shy then you’ll smack yourself for not making an impression.
These are the tips I can give you from my experience. If you meet a player and use one, then totally let me know how it went.