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2020 players and puppies calendar for Flyers is all you wanted ... and then some

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2020 players and puppies calendar for Flyers is all you wanted ... and then some

Players and puppies. That’s it, that’s the post.

Just kidding  — but honestly, I’m not sure if there could be a combination that tops it ... unless Gritty is involved. Then it would be a trifecta for Flyers fans.

Flyers Charities decided to get very creative with its 2020 calendar and went with a shoot that involved the players as well as some furry friends to join them.

Heather Barry, the photographer of the shoot, reflected on the day it all happened.

“My experience with the day was incredible," she said. "We started setting up for the shoot at 9 a.m. early in November. The setup included two lights, a 12x30 backdrop and lots of puppy pee pads and gaff tape. Players arrived with their own dogs and players without dogs were given an adoptable puppy to photograph with.”

One of the most notable moments during the day for Barry though came when Brian Elliott spontaneously picked up his dog in the middle of their shoot. If you look at the tweet above, the teaser video shows Elliott along with his son, and a very, very big pup.

“I've been working alongside Flyers Charities all season long,” Barry said. “From the Gritty 5K, this Puppy Calendar shoot, and the Flyers Wives Carnival. The team of women there are incredible, positive and it's really refreshing to work alongside them. They go above and beyond for the fans and community events they get involved with.”

The dynamic duo of Harvey and Charlie make an appearance with their dad, Claude Giroux.

And Oskar Lindblom with his mini dachshund Tage, is just the content needed to put a smile on your face.

It was obvious that the players enjoyed the morning, all except for Kevin Hayes, who apparently is quite fearful of dogs. He was given the smallest one and attempted to quickly wrap up his shoot … but we’ll need to get some more information on that one. Perhaps when the Eagles a.k.a the underdogs beat his beloved Patriots in the Super Bowl with a score of 41-33 was the turning point for his opinion on man’s best friend?

Anyways, the calendar is available for purchase here and you can also get them at the Flyers Charities table Saturday night when the team hosts the Colorado Avalanche.

Make sure to get them soon though, since they won’t be available at the Wives Carnival on Feb. 23.

Also, is now a good time to bring up the discussion of getting a team dog again? I volunteer to take care of it during road trips, if that sways the decision in any way.

Do I need to make another petition? Don’t tempt me.

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Did you miss Gritty playing Jenga? Scott Hartnell sure didn't

Did you miss Gritty playing Jenga? Scott Hartnell sure didn't

Gritty has certainly kept himself busy during quarantine and continues to find ways to keep the fun alive. 

On the agenda for today was a classic game of Jenga … but he played by himself. The Flyers went live on Instagram and their in-host arena Andrea Helfrich joined the party to feed questions and block suggestions for the mascot — who was clearly in the zone and couldn’t pause to read comments. 

It drew in a lot of attention. Some from other mascots around the NHL and mostly Flyers fans — but a familiar face even needed to check in on his friend. 

*Scott Hartnell enters the chat* 

The beloved former-Flyer joined in on the fun and to see how his friend was doing. 


Honestly, kudos to Gritty for building such a solid tower. Jenga isn’t easy with regular hands, I can’t imagine how difficult it must be with paws. 

Eventually, the tower did fall — but apparently the mascot will be back on Instagram tomorrow with a new activity. I hope he’s coloring or cooking, personally, but any Gritty content is content I can’t wait to see. 

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NHL odds: If Flyers and Penguins played in 2020 playoffs, who would win?

NHL odds: If Flyers and Penguins played in 2020 playoffs, who would win?

Another day without hockey gives many an opportunity to think about the hypotheticals, the what-ifs and more importantly, the playoffs. 

Jeff Sherman from the Westgate SuperBook tweeted out the odds for the first-round of the postseason if the league were to return and go straight into the playoffs: 

According to standings, the Flyers would be facing the Penguins in the first-round and have the most even series, as both teams come in at (-110), indicating there is no favorite. 

Before the NHL season came to a stop, the two teams only faced each other three out of the four scheduled meetings — the Flyers going 1-1-1 — and the games couldn’t have been any more different. 

The first meeting is one that Philadelphia would want to forget, getting blown out in a 7-1 loss. Since that meeting on Oct. 29, the Flyers have had one of the best records in the NHL. 

Even though both teams on paper seem to have similar chances in this series, based off of where both teams left off, the Flyers have the clear advantage, winning 9 of their last 10 games and were just a point out of first place. Where the Penguins were coming off of one of their worst stretches in 2019-20, winning just 3 of their last 10 games. 

It’s always an electric time when the two teams face off against one another in the playoffs. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long before it becomes a reality. 

There’s even the possibility that the regular season could resume at a later date, but all of this is simply up in the air for the time being. Fingers crossed that when things do eventually pick up, regular season or the playoffs, the Flyers will keep the heat that they had when things came to a halt. 

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