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Flyers sign Philippe Myers to entry-level contract

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Flyers sign Philippe Myers to entry-level contract

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Although the Flyers did not have any NHL pro invites in their training camp, they did have a junior-eligible player on an amateur tryout in camp and ended up signing him.

The Flyers signed 18-year-old blue liner Philippe Myers to a three-year, entry-level contract worth $1.908 million Monday. The team made the move despite having a plethora of defensive prospects in its system already.

The NHL cap hit for signing Myers is $636,000.

“He came in and he earned it –- that’s the old-fashioned way,” said coach Dave Hakstol. “It caps off a pretty impressive week for the young man.”

Myers spent two seasons with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

So far this fall, he’s scoreless in two games with the Huskies. Last season, Myers had eight points (two goals, six assists) and 55 penalty minutes in 60 regular-season games. He added two assists and 15 penalty minutes in six QMJHL playoff games.

This would be the Flyers’ 48th contract unless Myers goes back to junior, which is expected.  When that happens, it does not count against the 50-contract limit.

Flyers release statement amid physical assault allegation against mascot Gritty

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Flyers release statement amid physical assault allegation against mascot Gritty

Stemming from a story Wednesday in the Philadelphia Inquirer about a physical assault allegation against the Flyers' mascot Gritty, the team released a statement regarding the matter.

In the Inquirer report, Gritty is accused of punching a 13-year-old boy in the back at the Wells Fargo Center during November. According to the report, about a month after the alleged incident, the accusation was taken to the Philadelphia police by Chris Greenwell, the father of the boy, and is currently being investigated.

“The investigation is active and on-going,” police said, per the report.

Here is the team's statement released to NBC Sports Philadelphia:

We took Mr. Greenwell’s allegations seriously and conducted a thorough investigation that found nothing to support this claim.

According to the report, the alleged incident occurred during a photo shoot session including Gritty, Greenwell and his son Brandon.

Here is a part of the Inquirer's story by Christian Hetrick describing the alleged incident and aftermath:

In Greenwell’s telling, Brandon playfully patted the mascot on the head after the photo was taken. As Brandon walked away, Gritty got out of his chair, 'took a running start,' and 'punched my son as hard as he could,' Greenwell said Wednesday.

Greenwell said he took his son to see a chiropractor about a week after the incident. The chiropractor noted that Brandon suffered from mild pain, and diagnosed him with a back bruise, or a 'contusion to lower thoracic spine with subluxation,' according to documents from the chiropractor, provided by Greenwell.

Gritty was introduced by the Flyers in September 2018 and has become a popular attraction for fans at games.

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How well do you know the history of the Flyers when it comes to their All-Star appearances?

How well do you know the history of the Flyers when it comes to their All-Star appearances?

Let’s see how well you know the history of the Flyers when it comes to their All-Star appearances.

Some of the most iconic names that have represented the orange and black during the January break are mentioned in this quiz.

What you’re tasked to do is select the correct amount of times the athlete pictured was named to an All-Star Game while in Philadelphia.

You can take the quiz here ... good luck!

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