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Chris Pronger was there to see Philly clinch a playoff spot

Mar 25, 2012, 10:39 AM EDT

Chris Pronger

After being diagnosed with severe post-concussion issues, Chris Pronger hasn’t seen much of Wells Fargo Center lately.

With the Flyers beating Montreal last night to clinch their spot in the postseason, however, Pronger was there sitting with Flyers chairman Ed Snider, his first appearance since having his season ended and his career put in doubt. As’s Tim Panaccio hears from the team, they couldn’t be happier he was there to see it especially funny guy Jaromir Jagr.

“He was sitting next to Ed Snider, I thought ‘he owns the team now?’” Jagr joked. “We said ‘He’s the new owner?’ and we all waved. Not many guys wanted to do it, but some guys did it. ‘Hi.’
“I actually saw him two days ago at the practice rink. He was there when we had a day off. I thought he looked good. Hopefully he can come back.”

If there’s a way to pick a team up and give them the kind of boost you can’t do with a speech, seeing your captain for the first time in what feels like ages will do it. Pronger won’t be a factor for the team in the playoffs, but having him in the house even for a night is a sign that he’s feeling better, something that hasn’t been true lately.

Here’s video courtesy of of the crowd’s reaction to seeing Pronger in attendance. A standing ovation will do.

  1. shanehockey28 - Mar 25, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Thats awesome, we miss ya Prongs! Go Flyers!!

  2. sheckyrimshot - Mar 25, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    nice to see prongs with a smile on his face. hopefully thats a playoff beard he’s workin on.

  3. cup0pizza - Mar 25, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    How many local news reporter babes has the scumbag been impregnating during his free time?

    • snutchpro - Mar 25, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      Some ignorant fans just believe anything they read. The Edmonton news reporter even denied this.

    • govtminion - Mar 25, 2012 at 7:15 PM

      Wow, classy!

  4. tcclark - Mar 25, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    My favorite part: Jagr being at the practice rink even though they had the day off. I love the example he’s setting for the younger players.

  5. lolnowhy - Mar 25, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    I really hope he doesn’t stomp on the people in front of him, this dirty scumbag could hurt someone

  6. firstandonlywarning - Mar 25, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    I hope Pronger can walk away. He has scary concussion issues he has tried to hide over the years. At least consider sitting out most of not all of next season and see how it goes.

  7. themohel - Mar 25, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    I never like Pronger the hockey player – too many cheap shots. But that’s just hockey – this is life. I hope he regains all his faculties and plays again so I can resume rooting against him!

  8. bobhpine - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    great signing

  9. andyreidisfat - Mar 26, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Love pronger when he’s on my team. When healthy still the best defenseman and leader in the NHL. We love you in Philly prongs and hope your back ASAP

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