The Flyers won something!
The NHLPA released the results of their 2018-19 Players Poll on Wednesday, and one Philadelphia Flyers rookie dominated his category.
No, not Carter Hart — although he definitely deserves some recognition — but Gritty! Gritty received 69.4% of the vote to be named the best NHL team mascot. More than 500 players took part in the poll this year.
.@GrittyNHL, it us with some nice news. Over 500 NHL players took part in the 2018-19 #NHLPAPlayerPoll, and they named you the league’s best mascot in a landslide victory. Congratulations, rookie! pic.twitter.com/4auPpICcqs
— NHLPA (@NHLPA) March 20, 2019
Gritty celebrated appropriately.
— Gritty (@GrittyNHL) March 20, 2019
It didn’t take long for Gritty to win over Philadelphia. He took a shot at the Penguins mascot just hours after being unveiled.
Sleep with one eye open tonight, bird. pic.twitter.com/wLmGBa0Oyh
— Gritty (@GrittyNHL) September 24, 2018
And then he broke the internet.
Goodnight, internet. pic.twitter.com/gx2Pbxfcds
— Gritty (@GrittyNHL) September 25, 2018
From coming in like a wrecking ball.
Never change, @GrittyNHL.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) October 9, 2018
To streaking at the Stadium Series.
I’ve since been ejected. pic.twitter.com/6ims2CQpsc
— Gritty (@GrittyNHL) February 24, 2019
Gritty gave the Flyers life in what turned out to be a rather disappointing season.
Gritty’s best friend, Claude Giroux, was also recognized for his trash talking.
Giroux received 4.8% of the vote in the “Who is the game’s best trash-talker?” category.
You have to think Travis Konecny will receive some votes next year.
Travis Konecny is a legend. pic.twitter.com/w92WJe1MaX
— Ryan Gilbert (@RGilbertSOP) March 6, 2019
The Flyers are looking for some bright spots in an otherwise disappointing season, and these are definitely a few of them. Gritty took the world by storm, Claude Giroux is still Claude Giroux, and Travis Konecny is an emerging legend.