Hockey has always been, and should always be, a contact sport. The physical nature of play is something that’s been in the game since the beginning of it’s existence. Unfortunately, that physical play can cost players injuries at times. This season, there’s already been a number of players who have suffered moderate to severe injuries due to the physicality of play. Run that by the Philadelphia Flyers and see how much they care though.
Philadelphia has always anchored their play on physicality. In fact, this season, they’ve been so physical that they currently lead the NHL in total number of penalties, number of penalty minutes, and penalty minutes per game. It’s a safe bet that the old players from the original Broad Street Bullies are smiling.
The original Broad Street Bullies earned themselves two straight Stanley Cup titles back in the 70’s. Without rough and tough hockey, neither one of those banners would be hanging from the rafters of the Wells Fargo Center. The old Broad Street Bullies were so physical that some people blame many rule changes on their physical style of play, but the current Flyers could care less about rules. They may find themselves in the penalty box more often than they’d like, but when you have a penalty kill as solid as the Flyers have, being put in the box isn’t much of a concern.
Philadelphia has always been a tough blue collar city, and it always will be. Don’t count on the physicality aspect of hockey ever exiting a Philadelphia Flyers team, period.