After the hoopla and shenanigans subside with the NHL free agency and draft, hockey talk starts to come to a lull until September. Writers dig for stories, hoping that something is said or done that can make people tune in and read. Most of the time in late July and early August, that is not the case. And I crave for hockey talk all the time, as I’m sure you do as well. I developed a five part series that I feel can make for pretty easy debate. This five part series deals with five things I believe every Flyers fan should experience at least once in their lifetime. This is in no particular order, because each one of them is special in its own right. So without further ado, I present to you the third of the five part series: Attend the Flyers Wives Carnival
We all see the players on the ice. We see their jersey, number, can tell whether they wear a visor or not, and can point them out from the nosebleed sections. As fans, we judge these players on whether they can score goals or stop the puck, and how they act towards the media. Ilya Bryzgalov was not well liked for his comments to the media, nor was he liked for a lot of his play in net (even though he was very good this past year). Claude Giroux is a fan favorite, because he shows leadership on the ice and scores fantastic goals. Whether its fair or not, we curse these players out and say how much we love them or hate them, all based upon how they move with a stick and a rubber puck on a sheet of ice.
But if you really want to get a glimpse of your favorite or most despised Flyer, attend the Flyers Wives Fight for Lives Carnival. The Carnival has been around since 1977, and continues to raise money for a plethora of organizations, such as youth hockey leagues throughout the area or for the fight against cancer of all kinds. The event is a one of a kind event for fans, in that they can get a chance to get up close and personal with the Flyers players and coaches, without actually seeing them play a hockey game. Kids and adults can knock Brayden Coburn in the dunk tank, take down Maxime Talbot in Just Dance for Nintendo Wii, take a shot on goal on ice, and take pictures and get autographs from players and alumni.
Now of course, all of this comes with a price. You do have to pay for each autograph and picture session, and to get into the event itself. However, don’t worry about costs of it. All of it goes towards an incredible cause. So not only do you get to meet your favorite Flyers players of today and old, but you get to help people in need. How cool is that?
This year’s event will take place on January 26th, 2014 at the Wells Fargo Center. For more information on the event, visit the Flyers Wives website, where you can learn more about activities and possible volunteer positions. I plan on being at this years event, because it is definitely something that every Flyers fan must do.