The Southampton dad and daughter have Flyers-bonded since she was a wee tyke at the first game at the CoreStates Center and screamed bloody murder when the fireworks terrified her.
"I thought, 'This kid's never going to like the Flyers,' " Grossmuller said, laughing. "I was wrong."
Grossmuller fondly remembers growing up in Holmesburg in the 1970s, watching the minor-league Philadelphia Firebirds at the Civic Center and playing hockey with his pals on Pennypack Street.
"Pillows for goalie pads," Grossmuller said. "Two pipes for a goal. Half the time, you had to guess whether or not the puck went in the net because there was no net."
"I got hooked for life on the Flyers in the '70s because, bottom line, they were the first Philadelphia team in my life that ever won," he said. "I think a lot of longtime Flyers fans got hooked the same way."
BAPTISM BY FLYER: When Flyers die-hards Angela Maurizio and Mike Ingram, both 26, of Northeast Philly, planned the baptism of their 10-month-old daughter, McKayla, for April 22, they had no way of knowing that the noon after-party would conflict with Game 6 of the Stanley Cup quarterfinals: Flyers vs. Penguins.
"We were a little upset at first," Maurizio told Broad Street Bully. "But then we thought, 'This is going to be awesome!' We changed McKayla's party to Miller's Philadelphia Ale House and spent the day enjoying a great game with our family and friends!
"The first couple times the Flyers scored [on their way to eliminating the Penguins, 5-1], we all yelled and screamed, and McKayla wasn't sure what was going on, so she got a little upset. But it didn't take her long to start clapping and cheering with us. This Flyers season has been extra special for Mike and me because we got to introduce the team we love to McKayla!"
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