Joel Farabee

If Flyers were to have personal goal songs, Kevin Hayes has his on standby

If Flyers were to have personal goal songs, Kevin Hayes has his on standby

The NHL has been opening its Instagram stories for fan-favorite players to take over and answer questions. Flyers fans were in for a treat Wednesday night, when Kevin Hayes got the call and became the most recent player to sign in to the account. 

He answered a wide range of questions and had a blast while doing so. I should warn you though, this’ll definitely leave you missing hockey more than ever.

Throughout Flyers history, having just one goal song has been a staple, though over the years that songs have changed. Hayes was prompted with the question of what would his song choice be if he were to have a personal one. 

It’s an interesting choice for sure, since it isn’t necessarily considered a hype song. Nonetheless, you can absolutely imagine it filling the Wells Fargo Center while Hayes is celebrating with his teammates. 

Another very important topic that was addressed during this Q&A was how Gritty has been handling quarantine. Now, Gritty has been all over the place — hosting his quarter hour of power show on Instagram, keeping up with the latest trends on TikTok, ranking other mascots (he’s allowed to because he’s the best) and even making parade appearances. 

Well, it turns out he’s also been in daily contact with Hayes. 

Gritty hasn’t shaved yet — and since we’re now going on Day 64 without hockey … it seems like his playoff beard would be in pretty great shape right about now. 

Hayes’ teammate Joel Farabee even got a shoutout — noting that he is the best rookie on the team … of course, Farabee also prompted the question. It’s okay, Hayes had the right answer anyway, even if Young Beezer does play too much Xbox. 

And there’s no way this session could be completed without asking about the best chirpers on the Flyers. We already knows Hayes deserves his own reality show based on the moments he's been mic'd up — but he also enjoys those of Travis Konecny, Matt Niskanen and Scott Laughton. 

Oh, what would I give to hear some new chirps during a game right about now. Alas, we’ll have to wait just a little bit longer. 

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Toughest player he has faced? Joel Farabee has shown he's ready for his answers

Toughest player he has faced? Joel Farabee has shown he's ready for his answers

Joel Farabee was 5 years old when Sidney Crosby made his NHL debut.

One would understand if Farabee was nervous playing against the two-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner and three-time Stanley Cup champion for the first time as a teenage rookie in the NHL.

But Farabee has more than held his own against some of the league's biggest stars, which says a lot about the Flyers' 2018 first-round pick who just turned 20 years old in February.

“Wow, there are a lot of good players in the NHL," Farabee said Monday on NBC Sports Philadelphia's Flyers Talk podcast when asked who was the toughest player he has faced in 2019-20. "Just playing against Sidney Crosby a few times was really cool, I think he had a few points in both the games that I played in. You could see him in warmups and stuff like that, how focused he is and he’s such a good player, he sees the ice so well.

“Another player I’d say is Nathan MacKinnon, how good he is, how fast of a skater he is. Those are two guys I definitely get excited playing against just because of how good they are. I enjoy being on the ice with them.”

When the Flyers beat the Penguins, 3-0, on Jan. 21, Farabee played on a line with Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek. That trio faced Crosby's line a bunch and No. 87 went scoreless as the Flyers shut out Pittsburgh.

The Flyers had no fear putting Farabee in such a situation. He also played on the same line Feb. 1, when the Flyers held MacKinnon to no points in a 6-3 win over the Avalanche.

In five combined games against the Penguins and Avalanche, Farabee has put up four points (two goals, two assists) — and his role grew with each matchup.

The path to his NHL dream prepared Farabee for those moments.

“Leaving to go to prep school at 14 I think it was, it was definitely totally different, I had never really lived away from home," Farabee said. "Being able to live away from home, play on a team really helped me out, it forced myself to rely on teammates. I think when I was really young, I was a really shy kid, didn’t really want to talk to people because I was so shy. Being away from home really taught me how to be an adult and how to grow up outside of hockey more or less playing hockey.”

And at 20 years old, Farabee is just getting started for the Flyers.

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Flyers Talk podcast: Joel Farabee joins the crew to talk all things Flyers

Flyers Talk podcast: Joel Farabee joins the crew to talk all things Flyers

On the latest Flyers Talk podcast, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Katie Emmer and Jordan Hall are joined by special guest Joel Farabee.

From how Farabee is staying busy during the NHL hiatus to his bond with teammates, let's dive in:

1:30 — The Flyers' regular season would have finished by now

4:20 — Neutral site playoff games at smaller venues?

7:00 — More teams in the playoffs makes a lot of sense

13:35 — Farabee back home in upstate New York

15:00 — Cooking during the quarantine and life in the NHL

16:50 — Michael Raffl's haircut!

17:25 — Farabee "carrying" his teammates on Xbox

18:30 — Playing under a coach like Alain Vigneault

20:20 — Leaving home at 14 to pursue an NHL career

21:25 — Toughest players to compete against and the NHL adjustment

22:45 — Favorite road trip of the season

• 23:20 — Growing up a Philly sports fan

• 24:00 — Staying in shape during the stoppage

• 25:35 — Great to hear Flyers players in good spirits 

• 27:35 — An example of Emmer's Minnesota roots

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