Students have High Hopes for Flyers’ Season

Lindsay Roth, Centurion Staff

The changes the Philadelphia Flyers have made in the offseason including a new lineup and new head coach have fans excited for flyers hockey once again.
The start of the 2019/20 season is right around the corner, the first official regular season game will take place on Oct. 4. With the Flyers taking on the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago, Illinois.
The Flyers store all their hope for success this season on their young players. Resigning defenseman Ivan Provorov and forward Travis Konecny were a huge success for the team. Both players received a six-year extension.
From enemy to team player, the flyers acquired defenseman Matt Niskanen via trade from Eastern Conference rival Washington Capitals. Niskanen previously took the Stanley Cup home in 2018. Flyers fans can only hope that the younger players on the team can pick Niskanen’s brain for all his veteran experience.
Bucks student Mason Bornie biology major and resident of Chalfront said, “The Flyers can’t get much worse than last season.” Bornie continued, “The Flyers have a young core player to build the future around now.”
Last season the Flyers lost one of their key players toward the end of the 2018/19 season. Forward Wayne Simmonds was traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Forward Ryan Hartman. Simmonds was with the Flyers for eight years and was a fan favorite among flyers faithful.
“When the Flyers lost Wayne Simmonds last season I was very upset, “added Bornie
Bucks students hope to see improvement with the Flyers.
Diana Shamayev resident of Holland said, “Due to the previous seasons downfall, we as fans are hoping to see
improvement of the better. The new members of the team seem to be a good fit to complete the package.”
The Flyers new members to the 2019/20 team have bucks’
students reacting in a positive light.
Bucks Chris Schumann, communications major and resident of Langhorne said, “After last season I see the Flyers playing harder with new lineup, many young players.” Schuman said. “The team will be improving. Especially the young players, this is their prime time to charge and better their hockey skill.”
Jeff McIntosh, 21, of Levittown currently studying in the metal work program said, “I think the Flyers are going
to do great this season. This preseason was a little rough but they’re just getting back into the swing of things.” The team’s notorious
mascot Gritty, known for his distinguishing Muppet inspired features such as, fire orange hair and googly eyes turned one year old on Sept, 24. This popular mascot threw himself a surprise party.
Turning his birthday into “National Gritty Day”.
Matt Frickmann, 23, Nursing major of Trevose said, “Gritty is obviously still the MVP.” He also mentioned, “I’m cautiously optimistic,new coach, lots of young guys coming up, a lot of it falls on how much better goalie, Carter Hart gets.”
We will see shortly how this Flyers season will start off and if fans should be worried or remain positive.
The Philadelphia Flyers are also offering student discounts this season, by texting FLYERS to 20123 an instance enrollment into the “Flyers Student Rush” program. This will be sent alerts to discounted tickets 24-48 hours before the game. A college ID is required to redeem tickets.