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The Ryan Hartman nickname dilemma — what do we call him?

The Ryan Hartman nickname dilemma — what do we call him?

We admired his game, but what about his name?

How are Ryan Hartman’s new teammates addressing him with Carter Hart already on board.

It’s a dilemma that just can’t be ignored. Is it Harty? Hartsy? Harts?

Rinkside reporter Taryn Hatcher thought she had the newest Flyer’s nickname nailed down with a little help from former Flyer Scott Hartnell. 

Hartnell gave Hartman the moniker of “Deuce,” as in the second Hartsy on the team, during their brief time together last season in Nashville. However, Deuce doesn’t seem to go over too well with his new set of teammates.

“Hart Dog,” James van Riemsdyk threw out there. 

“I don’t know what we’re going to call him,” said newcomer Cam Talbot. “I think (Ryan) is older, so he should be able to pick his name and we’ll have to call Carter something else. I think seniority rules in that situation.”

Right now, there’s no issues. With Hart (Hartsy) out of action for the immediate future, Hartman is the only Hartsy in the dressing room.

“When Hartsy (Carter) returns, we’ll definitely have to figure this out,” said Jake Voracek.

The NHL has announced the 2019-20 season schedule

The NHL has announced the 2019-20 season schedule

The 2019-20 NHL schedule is here, and we already knew the Flyers would be starting the season with an Oct. 4 game in Prague against the Blackhawks — their first ever in Europe.

As it turns out, the first two weeks of their season will stretch across 10 time zones. After the game in Prague, the Flyers will come home for their home opener against the Devils on Oct. 9. Then they’ll head immediately west for games across North America in Vancouver on Oct. 12, Calgary on Oct. 15 and Edmonton on Oct. 16.

We’re going to learn a lot about these Flyers in just the first five games of the season.

You can view the entire Flyers 2019-20 schedule here. TV schedule information will be released later in the summer. Here are some more highlights:

New Year's on the West Coast

As part of their annual holiday season road trip, the Flyers will make their third-ever trip to face the Vegas Golden Knights over the holiday, facing off at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday, Jan. 2. That’s part of a six-game trip that includes stops in San Jose, Anaheim, Los Angeles, Arizona and Carolina. It’s their longest trip of the year.

They’ll actually be in L.A. for a game on New Year's Eve proper, facing off at 9 p.m. ET that night against the Kings. Yes, the Flyers will likely be just finishing up a game as the clock turns from 2019 to 2020 on the East Coast.

Bye week bookended by Penguins

The Flyers won’t host their rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins, until Jan. 21. That game will be the first of a home-and-home with the Pens … kind of. The Flyers will have 10 days off after that matchup in Philly, not playing again until a Jan. 31 matchup in Pittsburgh.

Other important notes

The Flyers will visit the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The Blues visit Philly — and presumably South Philly’s newest Blues bar, The Jacks, on March 17.

In addition to the holiday trip out west, the Flyers will also head west from December 11-15 with games in Colorado, Minnesota and Winnipeg.

The longest homestand this season lasts only three games, and that happens on multiple occasions throughout the season. The Flyers do have a stretch of 13 days with very limited travel in January, however. They’re home from Jan. 8 against Washington, through the 21st against Pittsburgh, with the exception of the aforementioned road game in St. Louis on the 15th. That leads into that bye week, so they’ll have just that one quick St. Louis trip as their only travel between Jan. 8 and the 31st.

 The season ends with a Saturday evening, April 4 game in Buffalo against the Sabres.

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Gritty surprises a young fan in the hospital, and his reaction is everything

Gritty surprises a young fan in the hospital, and his reaction is everything

Now, this is pretty great. 

Gritty, typically known for some of his more rowdy antics, like trolling on social media, yelling at opposing teams' fans and streaking at Lincoln Financial Field, took some time out of his vacation on Tuesday to make a young man’s day. 

The beloved furry mascot stopped by 7-year-old Caiden O’Rourke’s hospital room to surprise him after the young fan had just received a custom Gritty prosthetic leg. Imagine the fan’s surprise when the real Gritty showed up at his door. 

Luckily, it was caught all on video and shared on social media. Check out the heartwarming video below. 

O'Rourke’s face says it all. Not only this, Gritty made sure to bring along some extra gifts, including a custom jersey for the young fan with his name on it. 

It’s pretty awesome to see how excited this fan is to see the furry monster, who was definitely a superhero today.

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