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6 things to know about Katie Emmer, NBCSP's new Flyers Pre & Post Game Live host

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6 things to know about Katie Emmer, NBCSP's new Flyers Pre & Post Game Live host

One of Katie Emmer's earliest childhood memories involves putting on ice skates.

She says she might have been 3 at the time, but could have been younger. Katie grew up in a household that loved hockey. She and her six brothers -- yes six -- would play on the pond in their backyard.

Katie turned her love of hockey and other sports into a broadcasting career. She most recently worked at Fox Sports North where she covered the Minnesota Wild, Twins, Lynx, Golden Gophers, and Timberwolves. In 2018, she was honored with the Jim Nantz Award as the top collegiate sports broadcaster in the country and is the first woman in history to receive the award. She graduated from St. Cloud University with a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Television Broadcast Journalism.

Her knowledge and passion for sports, particularly hockey, make her a great host for Flyers Pregame Live and Flyers Postgame Live.

Here are 6 other things to know about Katie, who you can follow on Twitter @katieemmer or on Instagram @katie.emmer

Nickname?  

Kemmer 

You're from Minnesota. What drew you to Philly?

Without a doubt, the city's love of sports. I went to church here on Sunday and saw fans wearing Eagles jerseys and I couldn't stop smiling.

Go-to beverage?

I consider myself a cold brew connoisseur and I really like coffee, but I'm trying to cut down on it.

In addition to hockey, what other sports did you play as a kid?

Volleyball, basketball, softball and soccer.

Hobbies?

Rollerblading, and I can’t wait to do it on Kelly Drive. 

What's it like growing up the only girl with 6 brothers?

It was. ... competitive, and I was always up for a challenge. One of my brothers once dared me to throw a baseball over our house. I was really young at the time and didn't have the arm strength to do it. So I wound up throwing it straight into the house, and broke a few windows.

My brother laughed.  My parents, not so much.

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Katie will make her hosting debut on Friday, Oct. 4 as the Flyers begin their season against the Chicago Blackhawks. She will be joined by analysts Colby Cohen, Chris Therien and Al Morganti throughout the season. 

With newcomers, Flyers keep on humming in NHL playoff race, have Penguins in their sights

With newcomers, Flyers keep on humming in NHL playoff race, have Penguins in their sights

BOX SCORE

A day after the NHL trade deadline, the Flyers showed off their new look and didn't miss a beat.

With reinforcements Derek Grant and Nate Thompson, the Flyers defeated the Sharks, 4-2, Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers (36-20-7) have won four straight games, their longest win streak since Dec. 17-23, when they also won four in a row.

Not many in the league have been better than the Flyers over their last 20 games. The Flyers are 14-5-1 with an NHL-high 72 goals since Jan. 8. Over that stretch, only one club has more points than the Flyers' 29 — the Lightning with 31.

The Sharks (26-33-4), who have a number of injuries and traded away Barclay Goodrow and Patrick Marleau before Monday's deadline, have lost five straight.

• Good work by the Flyers handling a lesser opponent.

Tuesday was a big night in the playoff race as the Islanders, Blue Jackets and Hurricanes were all in action

The Flyers are still in third place of the Metropolitan Division and climbed to within one point of the second-place Penguins.

• The new line of Scott Laughton, Kevin Hayes and Travis Konecny sure was fun to watch.

During the second period, Hayes and Konecny scored goals to help the Flyers restore order with a 3-1 lead at intermission.

Hayes tacked on another in the third period, giving him 21 markers this season. The 27-year-old is projected to break his career high of 25 set in 2017-18 and he might flirt with 30.

On Hayes' first goal, the 6-foot-5 center used his impressive reach to snag Laughton's pass and bury the shot. The Flyers are 17-0-1 when Hayes scores a goal.

Meanwhile, Konecny finished with his third three-point effort over the last four games. He had two three-point games over his first three NHL seasons.

Laughton continued his always reliable play with two assists and a plus-3 mark.

• Grant and Thompson, both acquired by the Flyers Monday, were eased into duty.

Both went scoreless as Grant committed a penalty and was solid in the faceoff circle, while Thompson centered the fourth line.

Here's how they're getting acclimated (see story).

• At home, Carter Hart has been an absolute nightmare for opponents.

With 26 saves, he improved his home mark to 17-2-2.

The 21-year-old has yielded two or fewer goals in 17 of his 21 home games. He is a must-see ticket in Philly.

• Defensemen Matt Niskanen and Travis Sanheim made clutch third-period plays to break up juicy scoring chances for the Sharks.

• Nicolas Aube-Kubel has six goals this season. He has turned into one of the biggest surprises since his mid-December call-up.

Last season, he went scoreless over nine outings, playing just 5:35 minutes per game.

• A beautiful job by the Flyers.

• The Flyers are off Wednesday and practice Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in Voorhees, New Jersey, before hosting the Rangers Friday night (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

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Don't like the Phillie Phanatic's new look? Gritty has a message for you

Don't like the Phillie Phanatic's new look? Gritty has a message for you

When Gritty and the Phillie Phanatic met in September 2018 at Citizens Bank Park, a special bond was born.

With his best friend from across the street under the microscope for his new look, Gritty stepped up Tuesday night in defense of the Phanatic.

During the first period of the Flyers-Sharks game at the Wells Fargo Center, Gritty had a message for anyone out there not in support of the Phanatic's fresh style.

This is what best friends do.

Good for Gritty. The Phanatic would do the same for the orange fella.

Both will be reunited at the ballyard soon.

Look out.

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