On Monday, the voting commenced for the 2020 NHL Fan Choice Awards.
Flyers fans have some work to do.
Jakub Voracek is up for best beard, Kevin Hayes for funniest player and Gritty for top mascot. Fans can also vote for the Flyers having the top building (Wells Fargo Center) in the NHL.
It's hard to deny the quality of Voracek's beard. Consistent every season. He builds the look every year. When you're compared to Gritty and your beard has its own Chia Pet, you're doing something right.
"I was looking in the mirror," Voracek said of his initial thoughts when he first saw Gritty.
"Jake in April or March with long hair and a long beard."
Voracek is up against Ian Cole, Jordie Benn and David Savard in the beard category.
For funniest player, Hayes is up against Keith Yandle, Ryan Reaves and Tomas Hertl.
Flyers fans have grown to love Hayes' humor, personality and mic'd up segments. The 28-year-old center has been a versatile fit for the Flyers' locker room, helping build its identity during the team's 2019-20 resurgence.
“He’s a very outgoing individual," Carter Hart said of Hayes in December.
“When I first got there, I wasn’t really nervous, I was just cognizant of how loud to be, how much to talk because I didn’t want to step on anyone’s toes," Hayes said in April. "[Claude] Giroux, Voracek, [Sean] Couturier, it’s been there team for a while. … I just wanted to feel how they acted and follow their lead, but I would say it took about two weeks until they were probably annoyed with me at the beginning with how much I talked and how much I joked around, but I think they kind of liked it and I still think they like it, so I think it’s working.”
One category in which the Flyers could have had another nomination: Best feel-good moment. The standing ovation in January for Oskar Lindblom, the Flyers' 23-year-old forward who was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, was a special sight to see at the Wells Fargo Center.
Fans can view all the categories and place their votes right here.
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