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Hal Gill: Flyers are 'easy to hate'

May 15, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for gill.jpgHal Gill is a big man who can apparently talk a big game. There might be some fans and suits who are disappointed that the Eastern Conference finals lacks a dream match on the Pittsburgh-Washington scale, but if Gill’s candid words are any indication, the series should be a lot of fun.

Here’s what he had to say via TSN.

“It’s easy to hate the Flyers,” said Gill, a former Pittsburgh Penguin who lived through the intense cross-state rivalry in the playoffs the last two seasons. “They’ve been the Broad Street Bullies, their fans are loud and obnoxious.

“If you’re from Philly that’s great, if you’re not you hate them. It’s fun to hate the Flyers, just like it’s fun for them to hate our fans and our team. It should be a good series as far as hate goes.”

I love it. It’s not like he’s breaking new ground with his comments and he’s not being particularly insulting, but it’s still refreshing to hear such frankness from a hockey player. Besides, he didn’t even make a battery throwing joke.

My hope is that this turns into a war of words that would fit in well on a program hosted by Nick Cannon. (That’s right, I just sent you to a highlight video for a wildly unfunny show called “Wild’n’Out.” You’re welcome.)

Gill seems like the type of guy who could give the sport a much-needed boost in entertainment value. Say what you want about loudmouths like Sean Avery, at least they don’t communicate with the media solely in a series of publicist-coached cliches. Here’s hoping that this isn’t the last great quote since both teams feature their fair share of characters.

  1. Flyers fans............(fill in the blank) - May 15, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Hal Gill is 100% correct. Many Flyers fans are so obnoxious and classless, their team doesn’t deserve a championship. And I used to live in the Philly area and currently log onto Flyers blogs, so I’ve seen it and heard it.

  2. Jack K, PA - May 15, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Sure, we Philly fans are quite obnoxious, and at times so over-the-top that our law enforcement officials need to taze us (see: Phillies fan of late . . not good, but there you go). And, yes, the “Broad Street Bullies” are a rough and tumble lot of scrappers, but that’s our Flyers; battle and fight back for more.
    Hockey was built around scrappers. If you want 100% finesse, then watch golf. If you want dancing on ice, watch figure skating. If you enjoy hockey at its finest, support your local bullies!

  3. Dave S - May 16, 2010 at 9:00 AM

    I wonder if Hal will be helping the Hab fans torch some cars and loot after they lose game 7 of this series. Or will that be if they win? Does it really matter to them?
    Perhaps he can lead them in the boos for every player that didn’t choose to sign with them. I can’t wait to hear them do that every time Briere touches the puck.
    I guess the Hab fans are just so loveable.

  4. redbo22 - May 16, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    As we are all well aware that the mullet has long been a staple of the game for years, times have changed and someone forgot to send the memo to the flyers.I will admit my dislike for the flyers,the weasel- like Carcillo comes to mind along with the “what were you thinking?”super mullet of Hartnell. Although the Bruins are not my team, I really hate they dropped the ball(puck) at clutch time.One thing is for sure, the Habs are no Bruins and the Flyers had better bring their A-game if they want to be succesful. The same kind of play that took out Boston will not work with Gionta and co. Look for the flyers to heavily outshoot Montreal,then notice the end result.

  5. netsrik2010 - May 16, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    i admire the guts of flyers but dont use scummy moves cause thats useless, play hockey clean!

  6. Jimee Johnson - May 16, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    I’m not from Philly, and I do NOT hate the Flyers! Hal Gill is a big dummy. That said, I like the Canadians. It’s going to be a great series.

  7. Andy - May 16, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Redbo- Hartnell does not have a mullet. His hair is long all around, which is not what a mullet is. Good observation though… glad you watch hockey to judge the boys’ pretty hair. It lends so much credibility to your opinion. Go Flyers!

  8. Joe - May 16, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    can some one define clean hockey !

  9. Mike - May 17, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    I love how Harold here wants to talk about how obnoxious Flyers fans are… meanwhile the Habs faithful set off looting the other night when the Canadiens moved past the semifinal round…. Seriously… the semifinal round… Is their bar really set that low?

  10. Bones_ - May 18, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    We’ll just to update things. The classless,obnoxious,unskilled, neanderthal Philadelphia Flyers (AKA Broad Street Bullies) Are ahead in the series 2 games to none. Oh yeah, I forgot one other thing. Les Habitants haven’t even scored a freaking goal yet. Keep crying all you Philadelphia haters, Just make sure you cry loud enough to drown out our cheers when we get to the Stanley cup finals. GO Flyers!!!!!

  11. brandon - May 18, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    I am a flyers fan. And I agree with you all the way Andy. I’m just wondering where all these people are getting their facts. Flyer fans are nowhere close to being the worst fans in the nhl. I’m also wondering how all these Montreal front runners are considering carcillo a dirty player. It just doesn’t make sense, carcillo shows nothing but respect to other players. He NEVER takes cheap shots. All you montreal fans even though your going to lose this series and not get the stanely cup you can always torch cars and loot. Go flyers

  12. bill - May 19, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    ive taken notice to the shots taken. it seems habs have heavily outshot the flyers and ive really taken a liking to the results.

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