Why Shayne Gostisbehere had to delete his Twitter app

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Why Shayne Gostisbehere had to delete his Twitter app

Shayne Gostisbehere on Wednesday penned a beautifully-written piece on The Players' Tribune crediting his sister, Felicia Gostisbehere, for pushing him to be an NHL player.

Gostisbehere also touched on his love of the Florida Panthers growing up, how Pavel Bure inspired him as a kid and how hockey in Florida was never the same after Bure left. He wrote about being drafted by the Flyers, falling in love with Philly fans, the rookie season that captured the city and the three overtime game-winners in his first NHL season.

"My exact reaction was, What the f*** is happening right now?" Gostisbehere wrote of when he saw an electronic billboard Walt Whitman Bridge.

As jaw-dropping as his rookie season was, his sophomore campaign with the Flyers was a fall back to earth. Gostisbehere underwent hip surgery and faced adversity throughout, including three healthy scratches.

"I know people made a lot of me being a healthy scratch last year," Gostisbehere wrote. "It was tough to deal with, yes, but I understood it."

Gostisbehere wrote he's happy he went through the up-and-down season in 2016-17. He feels it made him a better hockey player, but there was one thing he did away with: one of the applications you're probably reading this on.

I won’t lie, though. I had to delete Twitter off my phone. During my rookie season, I loved scrolling through my mentions and interacting with fans, but when it wasn’t going well it was hard. You can only read “you’re a one-hit wonder” so many times before you go crazy.

Don't worry, Gostisbehere is still on Twitter. You can follow him @s_ghost14. Last week, he also created The GhostBear Foundation, an organization that "supports ill and disabled children, as well as at-risk or endangered animals."

To read Gostisbehere's full piece, click here. It's well worth the time.

Young cancer patients pump up Flyers by announcing lineup before game

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Young cancer patients pump up Flyers by announcing lineup before game

In sports, sometimes we need a reminder that there are bigger things than wins and losses.

Providing smiles for two youngsters battling cancer is a beautiful example.

Dave Hakstol and the Flyers helped make those special memories possible on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Maddie Swenson, 10, and DJ Allen, 12, both fighting cancer, were welcomed into the Flyers' locker room to offer some pregame motivation before the team hit the ice against the Sharks.

Swenson and Allen pumped up the guys by announcing the Flyers' starting lineup.

It was an awesome moment.

(Pictures courtesy of Flyers PR guru Zack Hill.)

Just four days ago, Swenson finished her final chemotherapy treatment. On Tuesday, she celebrated her 10th birthday. And last week, she met the Flyers after practice.

This is in conjunction with the NHL's #HockeyFightsCancer initiative.

Bravo to the Flyers and all those who push the cause forward — and, most notably, to those who continue to fight.

Conclusive video proof the refs are out to get Flyers

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Conclusive video proof the refs are out to get Flyers

As any Philadelphian will tell you, the refs are always out to get our team.

Whether it's Pete Morelli with the Eagles or refs in the NBA turning a blind eye when Ben Simmons gets his uniform torn off, refs are always out to specifically pick on the Philly team.

Flyers fans know this all too well. Hello, Ottawa.

And now we've got more video evidence to back this 100% true theory up. Check out this ref going right after a Flyer during warmups of the Blues game before the game even starts. Dirty!