It’s easy to find an affordable ticket to see the Philadelphia Flyers play at the Wells Fargo Center, and this is the year to watch them take it all the way. Thanks to a history of success and rabid fanbase, the Flyers are the pride of Philadelphia. In honor of the team’s tough playing style, they’ve been dubbed, at various times, the “Fightin’ Flyers,” “Broad Street Bullies,” and “Freddy’s Philistines.” This year’s team is skating their way into the NHL Playoffs in pursuit of their first Stanley Cup in 43 years.
Philadelphia was a hockey town even before the Flyers arrived. The Quakers and Arrows brought hockey to the city in the ‘20s and ‘30s, and, while their success was limited, they lit a fire that would burn until 1967 when hockey returned to the City of Brotherly Love. Just a few years later, Bobby Clarke captained the team to back-to-back Stanley Cup victories in 1974 and 1975, which included a win in the fabled Fog Game when unseasonably warm weather turned the Buffalo Sabres arena into a steam room. Boasting legendary players like brutal enforcer Dave Schultz, goaltender Bernie Parent, and speedy center Eric Lindros, the Flyers are known for spending time in the penalty box, scoring points, and bringing home division and conference championships. A rivalry game with the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, or New York Islanders is the perfect Flyers ticket if you want to see a blend of historic animosity with present day agression.
Last year, the Philadelphia Flyers fell just short of making the playoffs despite a riveting 10-game win streak. In the offseason, the team picked up Nolan Patrick with the number 2 overall pick in the draft, and they are excited about his future. With Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, and Sean Couturier up front and Brian Elliott in goal, the team is stacked with talent. Your trip to Philadelphia isn’t complete unless you catch a sports event of some sort, so be sure to pick up a Flyers ticket before they’re all gone.