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Philadelphia Wings' Kevin Crowley records 300th career goal in home opener

Philadelphia Wings' Kevin Crowley records 300th career goal in home opener

Philadelphia Wings forward Kevin Crowley had more than just his team’s third consecutive win to celebrate Friday night. “The Big Cat,” as he’s called, recorded a major milestone Friday night, scoring his 300th career goal in the Wings' 18-10 win over the Vancouver Warriors. 

When asked about the play leading up to that goal, Crowley joked about the pass from teammate Josh Currier that resulted in his landmark achievement.

“Josh threw me that awful pass behind me and luckily I got a hold of it,” he said.

No. 300 wasn’t exactly on his mind at the time he netted the ball. Crowley, the Wings' captain, explained that not being fully aware of how close he was to that accomplishment added to his excitement when it was announced.

Earlier this week, Crowley did an interview on The John DeBella Show where he talked about the goals he sets for himself before going into a season.

“Personally, I have my goals," he said. "How many goals I want to score in a season, how many assists, how many points — but, realistically it’s about winning games and if I can hit my numbers, chances are that our team has a better chance to win."

Crowley’s performance against the Warriors was a clear testament to that. It even led to him being named one of three stars of the game. His 300th goal was one of three he tallied in the team's home opener along with two assists.

His efforts have helped the Wings to set a new franchise record with their three straight wins. 

Philadelphia Wings are coming to NBC Sports Philadelphia

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Philadelphia Wings are coming to NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Wings are coming to NBC Sports Philadelphia.

NBC Sports Philadelphia will air nine Wings games during the National Lacrosse League regular season, beginning with the home opener at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday, Jan. 10.

Brian Smith will call play-by-play with former Wings Captain Scott Gabrielsen handling analysis and Devan Kaney reporting from the sidelines.

This will be the Wings' second season back in the NLL after a four-year hiatus from the league. They went 4-14 last season but did rank fifth among the 11 teams in goals.

Key returning Wings include:

• Matt Rambo, an NLL All-Rookie selection and nominee for Lacrosse Player of the Year by US Lacrosse magazine

• Trevor Baptiste, who broke the NLL’s face-off record with 362 wins and was also named to the NLL All-Rookie team

• Captain Kiel Matisz, forward Josh Currier, and point leader Kevin Crowley

• Brett Hickey, the 2019 No. 1 expansion draft pick and offensive leader, is expected to play this year after missing last season due to injury.

Here is the full Wings TV schedule on NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBC Sports Philadelphia:

Fri, Jan. 10 vs. Vancouver Warriors (7 p.m. on NBCSP)

Sun, Jan. 19 vs. Rochester Knighthawks (7 p.m. on NBCSP)

Fri, Jan. 24 vs. New York Riptide (7 p.m. on NBCSP)

Fri, Jan. 31 vs. Georgia Swarm (7 p.m. on NBCSP+)

Sat, Feb. 22 vs. Saskatchewan Rush (7 p.m. on NBCSP)

Sat, March 7 vs. New England Black Wolves (1 p.m. on NBCSP+)

Sun, March 15 vs. New York Riptide (7 p.m. on NBCSP)

Sat, March 28 vs. San Diego Seals (7 p.m. on NBCSP+)

Sat, April 4 vs. Toronto Rock (7 p.m. on NBCSP+)

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Meet Wingston — but what exactly is the Philadelphia Wings' new mascot?

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Meet Wingston — but what exactly is the Philadelphia Wings' new mascot?

The thing about mascots that is fun is that there aren't really any rules.

A mascot can be a tree, a green guy from the Galapagos Islands, a bulldog, or even a giant orange fluffy creature that squeaks.

The city of Philadelphia has had the pleasure (?) of introducing a gaggle of new mascots over the past few months, from the Union's new snake with arms to the Flyers' instant legend Gritty.

And Friday, the resurgent lacrosse team in town, the Wings of the National Lacrosse League, introduced a mascot of their own.

Meet Wingston.

He/she/it is definitely a lax bro:

And it is already pals with the cool kids in town:

Wingston was introduced to the world today in Philadelphia and all of its furry and feathery friends were there.

So what is Wingston exactly? You never know with mascots these days.

We attempted to confirm that it is a bird but have yet to do so. Here are the details we can confirm from the team:

Wingston’s nearly 7-foot frame is covered in soft golden fur with a feathery tuft of fire-engine-red lax flow on the top of his head that swoops from side to side while he makes diving plays at the net. Wingston boasts golden wings on either side of his delightfully oversized head. Dotted with three large jewels, Wingston’s tail is his defining feature. The presence of the red, black and silver jewels is in homage to the Wings rich history, representing the three reincarnations of the team, dating back to 1974.

Dressed in his signature black, charcoal and red Wings jersey, game shorts and sneakers, Wingston is always ready for a catch or to take shots on net. Wingston represents Philadelphia well, sporting no. “215” on the back of his jersey. His unique ability to spin his head 360 degrees around gives him an advantage over the competition, allowing him to see the game from every angle.

Welcome to Philly, Wing bird! Fans can catch Wingston in action at the team's home opener on December 15 at the Wells Fargo Center.

Wings, feathers, a tail, spinning its head around on a swivel. Sounds like a bird to me.

Fans can see Wingston in action on Dec. 15 when the team plays its home opener against the Buffalo Bandits at 1 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center.