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Yes, at least one Coyotes fan brought a “Free Raffi” sign tonight

Apr 21, 2012, 11:20 PM EDT

Hockey fans are a loyal bunch. If you want proof of that, just note how some Phoenix Coyotes fans are coming out in support of Raffi Torres. Chris Kuc reports that many people cheered when a “Free Raffi” sign popped up on the JumboTron while Mark McClune passes along these rather … interesting cutouts:


(Image via McClune, H/T to YotesGirl)

So, chin up Raffi. Phoenix Coyotes fans are still behind you and the Vancouver Canucks are lending some sympathetic reactions, too.

How do you feel about Yotes fans’ outpouring of love, though? Are they justified? Is it charming or maybe a little nutty? Perhaps all of the above?

Personally, I think the “Free [person]” meme is about to run its course, if it hasn’t already.

  1. kitshky - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    All of the above, as it should be! Good to see some passion down in the desert.

  2. mgp1219 - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    just another reason why hockey doesn’t belong in Adrizona

  3. mgp1219 - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:40 PM


  4. lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Loyal to a fault, some might say.

  5. mclovinhockey - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Loyal fans defending their players. Smart fans know its the right call, smarter fans question why James Neal was not given a single game for his very similar hit. (the game was for the hit on giroux)

  6. b1unt3d - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Wait.. There are Coyotes fans in Phoenix?

  7. jpat2424 - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Coyotes fans are a bunch of bandwagoners. During regular season when hawks and coyotes played there were a ton more hawks fans there then yotes fans. Now because you get a free white t-shirt they start to show up

  8. kylejsherry - Apr 22, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    This is ridiculous. His dirty hit put someone in the hospital. He should be out of the league.

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