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Report: Philly cops issue warrant for suspect in Winter Classic brawl

Jan 13, 2012, 12:46 AM EDT

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The 2012 Winter Classic was a glorious event that was partly marred by an ugly brawl between Philadelphia Flyers fans and New York Rangers fans. The incident gained even more notoriety when it was revealed one of the brawl’s victims was a former Marine that was injured in Iraq.

NBC Philadelphia reports that police have issued an arrest warrant for a man they believe threw the first punch in the incident.

Police say tips led them to the South Philadelphia Bar and Grill — which is almost directly across the street from Geno’s — where the suspect and friends were allegedly drinking on the day of the fight. A search warrant uncovered a credit card receipt for a bill totaling more than $225 that was paid just before 7 on the night of the fight.

That credit card matched the name of the man believed to have thrown the first punch at about 7:15 p.m., police sources said.

The suspect reportedly has a record that includes arrests involving “drugs, robbery with a gun and aggravated assault.”

Here’s video of the fight in case you didn’t get a chance to see it. Warning: there is some very graphic violence in this clip.

  1. xxshookonexx - Jan 13, 2012 at 6:32 AM

    It was Ian Laperrierre……in front of Geno’s……with the candlestick

  2. redmosquito16 - Jan 13, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    Oh great, here come all of the comments about how all Philly fans are trash & how someone threw a snowball at Santa Claus 40 years ago… ugh. Give it a rest.

    • hojo3322 - Jan 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      oh and don’t for get the time a phillies fan purposely threw up on a little girl, you stay classy philly.

  3. imleftcoast - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Glad to see someone charged. I was just as happy to see the idiots charged in Vancouver. It’s embarassing to hockey fans when this crap happens, and the Ranger fans were obviously trying to simmer things down.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 13, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      If there’s one thing all of us can agree on, it’s that we can get rid of the idiots off the ice and on.

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