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Man pleads guilty after 2012 Winter Classic incident

Aug 31, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT


As we previously reported, an incident occurred following the 2012 Winter Classic which led to the arrest of Dennis Veteri.

Veteri has pleaded guilty to aggravated and simple assault and conspiracy, according to the the Philadelphia Inquirer. They also stated that the aggravated assault charge comes with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

The incident took place at Geno’s following the game and involved fans of the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers. Veteri allegedly struck Michael Janacko, who fell to the ground and was then kicked and hit by two or three people. Janacko’s friend, Neal Auricchio Jr. reportedly ended up with a concussion and additional injuries.

Auricchio is a former Marine and was awarded a Purple Heart in Iraq. At the time of the incident, he was an off-duty officer with the Woodbridge Police Department.

  1. jacketsfan7 - Aug 31, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Classic flyers fan

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:11 PM

      Haha this is coming from a Jackets fan. Have you ever been to a Flyers’ game? Did you make it off of Patterson and Board? You people like to feed into the media’s obsession with making EVERY Flyers fan as some unruly human being. It’s comical. All because “we” booed Santa Claus.

      • sportsfreak13 - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:29 PM

        Yep you got us. Booing Santa and beating a marine are the only reasons we think flyer fans behave like hooligans. Yes not Evey flyer fan acts like an idiot ,but the reason you guys get your reputation is because you were born to love the violence in the sport with the “broad street bullies” who while talented were better known for beating their opponents to the point they could barely skate. The fans latched onto this style and adapted it. I’m not saying all flyer fans are violent by nature but I think most would rather see a good fight then a great goal and that’s why the stereotype.

      • mgdsquiggy17 - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:48 AM

        you and media love to keep bringing up the booing Santa thing. You do realize that wasn’t NHL right? But whatever keep taking 3-4 incidents and for a generalization about everyone based on that.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:32 PM

        That’s the only reason why the media, and fans, act the way they do. People act as if fans aren’t unruly throughout the world. It’s a feeble attempt at reporting. People feed into too. That’s the worse part. It’s comical haha. @ least once a year, the media will bring up how Eagles’ fans booed Santa Claus. Do people even know why. Most likely not haha. No worries though. Us fans here in Philadelphia are the ONLY fans that have a couple of idiots act up.

      • rg3isvictory - Sep 2, 2012 at 8:18 PM

        Philly fans are in such denial of the rest of the countries perception of their terrible behavior and the reality that they’re thugs. The fact that they don’t see themselves as being that awful speaks to their lack of class and character and makes one wonder what would have to happen before they’ d accept the criticism and change? Baltimore can rival Philly on the ignorance level but Philly takes the cake on violence at the games on the East coast. Maybe it’s a monetary issue in Philly or a combination of that lack of morals and low IQ? We are talking about a fan base that gave M. Vick a standing ovation for returning to the NFL a convicted felon after funding dog fighting ring in which he glady took part in the murdering of dogs by beatings, drownings and electricution. The national take on Philly is well deserved and maybe even underrated. It’s hard to argue otherwise after you’ve watched hooligans stompout an American Vet and off-duty cop. To say otherwise would be making excuses and we now that excuses are like Philly fans, Assholes!!!

    • hasekneverretires - Sep 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      I’ve noticed how jacketsfan7 sits on his computer and posts disparaging remarks on each topic.
      Classic, typical troll!!! Cannot think on his own so he needs to spew venom.
      Hey, little boy, I hear your Mom calling, it’s time for dinner.
      Be a good little boy and quit playing on Mom and Dad’s computer, ok!!!

  2. ducksk - Aug 31, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Drunken buffoons. I wouldn’t good to any filthydelphia sporting event if it were the end of time and the only sports left on earth. 0 class. Always.

    • mgdsquiggy17 - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:49 AM

      and they wouldn’t want you there either.

  3. Eberwizzle - Aug 31, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    But a fan kills another fan in Toronto last week over the Blue Jays pitching rotation and nobody calls those fans trash?

    • sportsfreak13 - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      Did you check I don’t follow baseball but I imagine there’s a article on there somewhere and I’d bet you would see comments like these.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 1, 2012 at 3:55 AM

      Didn’t happen in Toronto, but thanks for playing.

      • Eberwizzle - Sep 1, 2012 at 4:13 AM

        Okay, …..But a fan kills another fan in CALGARY last week over the Blue Jays pitching rotation and nobody calls those fans trash?

  4. f2maestro - Aug 31, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Stay classy, Philly.

    • elemeno89 - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:34 AM

      philly can claim this butthole.

    • mgdsquiggy17 - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:51 AM

      yea because every city doesn’t have pieces of trash like this. Please tell me the great city you live in that doesn’t have the same type of people.

  5. malkinrulez - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Booing Santa is the least of the problems in philly. Far too many incidents like this one.

  6. flyeredup - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    I’m a season ticket holder. This guy needs a lethal injection. It’s why all other cities hate us. mEATHEAD!

  7. ncguy81 - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Just for the record, Woodbridge is a city in New Jersey

    • ncguy81 - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:51 PM

      And so is Glassboro…

  8. tcclark - Sep 1, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    To everyone who thinks NBC has a Flyers bias, please cite this as evidence to the contrary (they wouldn’t report it because it sheds a bad light in Philly). I hate these stories. They are the reason we have such a bad reputation. Philadelphia sports fans want to be a part of the action. For years players have been talking about how difficult it is to play in Philadelphia, and we love that. We want to make it hell for the other players. We want to be an intimidating force, but some people take it too far and want to make things difficult to opposing fans as well. Others take it even further and are physically violent, which is just awful

    • grlscout - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:28 PM

      Philly is not the only city that players say this about. You are just the dirtiest. You guys have this rep for a reason. Instead of making excuses for it, make moves to change it. While its disgusting to hear how Philly fans treat fans from other teams, it’s down right pathetic when you guys try to justify it. You may not have any self respect, but please try and appreciate the integrity of the game.

      • tcclark - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:03 PM

        Dude can you read? Or were you just guessing what I said?

        “Philly is not the only city that players say this about”
        When did I say it was?

        “Instead of making excuses for it…”
        Did I make excuses? Did I say, “it’s ok because…” or “it’s not our fault, we…”? No.

        “It’s down right pathetic when you guys try to justify it.”
        Serious when did I justify it? I said, and I quote, “I hate these stories,” “some people TAKE IT TO FAR,” and the kicker, “Others take it ever further and are physically violent, which is just awful.” How could you possible read those sentences and think I was justifying anything?

        Read responsibly

      • grlscout - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:48 PM

        Yes, I can read. Were you curious about my education or trying to procure a tutor?

        “For years players have been talking about how difficult it is to play in Philadelphia, and we love that. We want to make it hell for the other players. We want to be an intimidating force, but some people take it too far and want to make things difficult to opposing fans as well”

        Your first 3 statements provide an explanation for this psycho’s motivation. The “but” proceeding the last of the three indicates that you don’t condone the extent of his actions however, you just spent a paragraph advising us (responsible fans) of his mindset.

        I wont ask about your educational background as I believe you’ve made that very clear.

        Best of luck.

      • tcclark - Sep 2, 2012 at 1:27 AM

        I don’t mention this guy in the entire post. How can I be explaining his motivation? What I was doing was defending Philadelphia Sports fans in general by showing THEIR motivation and how others take it too far and spoil the reputation of the rest of the fan base. I’m sorry that that didn’t come across, but in no way was i condoning or justifying anything that this man did.

  9. tcclark - Sep 1, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    The only thing I will say in this guy’s defense is that the victim was an idiot. I’m sorry that he was hurt and i am thankful for his service, but after all the stories about terrible, violent, Philly fans, why are you wearing a Rangers Jersey to the most famous restaurant in Philadelphia, where you are going to be surrounded by a bunch of angry Flyer’s fans. That is either blind stupidity, or some sort of arrogance, thinking that no one could hurt him.

    • pbhatesphilly - Sep 1, 2012 at 2:47 AM

      Wow, rationalizing an unwarranted beat down. Way to go philly fan, do you realze how bad you suck or are you oblivious ( sorry that means clueless you slug). A friend of mine was at game 7 in the finals between the red wings and pens(pens win,pens win), after the game he and a friend went “to the most famous” sports bar in Detroit. Not only were they not beaten for wearing penguins gear but the were treated to free drinks! Now that you pathetic piece of crap is how to lose gracefully, something you and your like will never understand. You all ( filthy fans) deserve each other!!

      • tcclark - Sep 1, 2012 at 3:15 AM

        I really think you missed the point. That’s Detroit. This is Philly. We all know that Philadelphia fans are passionate, and a little crazy. We all know of the violent things that Philadelphia fans have done in the past. There is an intense rivalry between the Flyers and the Rangers. You don’t walk into the heart of Philadelphia wearing a Rangers Jersey, not that it’s right or anything, you just shouldn’t do it. Just like I wouldn’t walk through the streets of Harlem wearing a shirt that says “I hate black people” (which I don’t). And not only did he go to Philly wearing that, but he went into Geno’s! That’s like holy ground in Philadelphia. I’m not condoning it or “rationalizing” it as you put it and I’m glad your friend had a good experience in Detroit. I’m just saying that it wasn’t the smartest move. Don’t poke the bear… especially when it’s pissed off.

      • Eberwizzle - Sep 1, 2012 at 3:29 AM

        It’s amazing to see how tough people are typing. If only you guys could meet.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 1, 2012 at 4:06 AM

        I wore a Joe Carter jersey to a Phillies game and have lived to talk about it. I hate to even imply I’m defending Philly fans, especially this sucker-punching idiot, but there’s usually two sides to stories like these. Chances are the Rangers fan wasn’t just standing around and minding his own business before this unfolded.

        That isn’t meant in any way to absolve the moron who took it upon himself to knock a war hero unconscious, it’s just a thought.

      • tcclark - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:09 PM

        @Eberwizzle Did you read that as me trying to be tough? Did I come across as a guy who would have beaten him up as well? I’m not even trying to justify it. It was completely wrong to beat the guys up and kick them while they were on the ground. The only thing I’m trying to point out is that it wasn’t the smartest move on the Rangers fans part. You don’t walk into a room of angry people wearing the one thing that’s going to piss them off the most. I mean would you walk through the streets of Baghdad wearing an American Flag? I don’t think so. Again, not justifying it. It was awful. I’m just simply stating a fact.

      • tcclark - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:43 PM

        @ mrmojo

        I’m glad you made it out alive, but wearing a Joe Carter jersey is not as bad as you would expect. If you did this back in ’93, the fans would have been angry, but they weren’t as violent back then. It’s the newer generation that are the worst. If you did it recently, you probably didn’t hit much of a nerve. It’s been forgotten by many fans and those who still remember don’t really care anymore, especially after ’08.

        still, it was bold, and probably not the safest decision. We have all heard stories of violent Philly fans. I have a friend who witnessed a bunch of eagles fans ripping (literally) a T.O Cowboys jersey off of another fan. I saw a young Hispanic boy throw a grocery back at a sweet olf Asian couple wearing Lightning Jerseys, and say “Lightning Suck!” I’ve always felt bad for that couple, but that’s what you expect when you go to Philly wearing another team’s jersey.

        It’s not right in anyway and it puts a black mark on respectable Philly fans which is a shame because we hold the majority…. by a lot. If you count the number of incidents compared to the number of non-incidents (meaning every time a Philly Fan went to an eagles, flyers, phillies, or sixers game and didn’t physically or verbally abuse someone), you’d see that the bad fans hold maybe 2% of the entire population of Philadelphia sports fans. Which is a lot more than most teams, but not enough to taint the entire fan base like it has. 2% still leaves us with roughly (very) 220,000 terrible people as fans, based on the populations of eastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey. But I think you would even agree that there can’t be 220,000 people running around every year verbally and physically abusing other people. There can’t be.

    • grlscout - Sep 2, 2012 at 12:45 PM

      The more you post, the less credibility you have. I’m becoming embarrassed for you, at this point.

      • pbhatesphilly - Sep 2, 2012 at 1:31 PM

        Yea your right, no one could possibly be asked to act like you have an ounce of a brain. Obviously everyone should respond like you (neanderthal), now on with you and be careful nut to scuff your knuckles on the ground.

  10. pbhatesphilly - Sep 1, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    For all you filthadelphia pukes who call yourself fans, this is exactly why I have ranted on and on about Philly fans. Don t dare say this is the exception because you all know it’s not. When are you pathetic humans going to realize you give ALL sports fans a bad rep and knock it off! So here ya go filthy fans, another reason to hate you. You make it so easy!!

    • whlskey - Sep 1, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      I’m going to have to agree to disagree with the whole “you pathetic humans giving ALL sports fans a bad rep”. I’d be more inclined to say it’s fans like “you” that give ALL sports fans “like yourself” a bad rep because you guys all deserve one another writing ignorant, self-admiring comments such as the one stated above.

  11. cowboyscanada - Sep 1, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    Way to go Philly fans,,, your almost as classless as Saints fans!

  12. jimw81 - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    if this happen in another city we wouldnt hear one peep about it.

    • sportsfreak13 - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:15 AM

      Remember the giants fan who got beat up by a dodgers fan and barely survive. I remember that getting plenty of coverage and it didn’t happen in Philly. Whatever happened to ” my condolences for the victim” and not this how bad it makes my teams fan base look crappy. Society’s crumbling.

  13. cleflyersfan - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    This happens at every rivalry game everywhere, that doesn’t make okay, but the extent of the charges seem to be a bit obsessive. This coming from a USMC, Iraq veteran. I’m sorry the guy got tuned up, but I’m sure he wasn’t just an innocent bystander.

    Jackets fan, do you think a Michigan fan has never gotten beat outside the horseshoe at Ohio State? I’ve seen it…many times.

    • supercoop8 - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      The charges are excessive but I think it is much to do with the fact that the victim was an off duty cop; different rules. If the tables were turned and the Philly fan was a cop and the victim a Rangers fan then the Cop would have been ‘suspended” on paid leave with no charges brought against him due to “inconclusive” evidence; common story especially amongst south jersey, deleware, and philly cops.

  14. jacketsfan7 - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    @icelpvinbrotha215 if see some of my last posts you’ll also see that I’m a penguins fan too

    • melonheadsdaddy - Sep 1, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      So you’re a fraud? Or just a bandwagon jumper? I’m confused..

      • melonheadsdaddy - Sep 1, 2012 at 3:35 PM

        Nevermind. Your 13. I get it now. My apologies.

      • windmiller4 - Sep 2, 2012 at 6:36 PM

        Thats so cute, calling him 13 years old… If you want people to act like adults on here then start with yourself.

  15. dkphilly1122 - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    A Jacket’s fan and a Penguin’s Fan, there’s a combo and i wouldn’t believe a word out of his mouth. He can’t even decide what team he likes. i’d atleast respect you if you picked one or the other. I’m a diehard Flyer’s fan and it’s great to see all the haters throw every Flyer’s fan under the bus for one idiot. I wouldn’t defend this guy if my life depended on it. I love the Flyers/Penguins and Flyers/Rangers games and trash talking like a real fan does, but would never wish harm to them after the game because we don’t agree on a common team. That’s just immature and unsportslike.

  16. billsboy88 - Sep 1, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Enjoy your time in jail. I’m sure you’ll be brimming with pride and satisfaction while sitting in a cell.

    It’s just a game!!

  17. jacketsfan7 - Sep 1, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Dude I’m only 13 and I live in Ohio my first game was a pens game and I also go to jackets games there’s nothing wrong with that

  18. jacketsfan7 - Sep 1, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Ok look I just said classic flyers fan cuz u guys have a history of doing stuff like this , the flyers are well organized team and have great Stanley cup potential for at least the next decade , giroux isn’t on NHL 13 cover by mistake nor are the flyers beating the pens by mistake either , you have a great team but some of your fans can get outta control , you have a large , loyal and die hard fan base too , plz don’t take anything I say personally

  19. cameltoews - Sep 1, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Let’s not forget the drunk philli fan who pulled the trigger on a young girl in front of him bc their father wasn’t a philly fan. So much class in all sports.

    • tcclark - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:54 PM

      a lesson on class from a guy who’s handle is cameltoews…. really?

  20. jason9696 - Sep 1, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    They should put him in the penalty box with Tie Domi and see how long he lasts.

  21. jacketsfan7 - Sep 1, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    It’s ok and good luck to the flyers this year! If there is a season

  22. jacketsfan7 - Sep 1, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    @dkphilly1122 Look at my previous comments ok? I’m not trying to hurt any one here got it? If u don’t agree with the fact that I’m 13 and I’m growing up as a pens and blue jackets fan fine , just don’t be such a douche about it , have a nice day

  23. jacketsfan7 - Sep 1, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    @cleflyers fan yes I’ve seen it b4 but not as much nor not nearly as brutal as this one was , I enjoy rivalries and I pay all respect for the flyers and Michigan

  24. jacketsfan7 - Sep 1, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Ok I’m saying this for the last time I’m deeply sorry if I offended any flyers fans , I love the rivalry between pit and phi and I also love the rangers flyers rivalry , I just wrote what’s on my mind and I should’ve thought b4 I said it I’m sorry and good luck to all flyers fans and the flyers themselves

    • grlscout - Sep 2, 2012 at 8:11 PM

      You take over NY?!?! I dont recall EVER seeing that. Seriously, not even once. I understand with the humiliation you endured last season (SWEEEEEP), but previous seasons have been just as quiet. Maybe you mistake no one wanting to go to your city as an indication that opposing fans are scared. We aren’t. We really just have no desire to go to Philadelphia. You can hardly blame us.

  25. ndrick731 - Sep 1, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Stay the hell out of Philly if you can’t take care of yourself. That’s why we can take over your cities whenever one of our teams are visiting. Most of you crybabies don’t ever go to a game so you wouldn’t have to worry anyway.

    • pbhatesphilly - Sep 2, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      Wow, you talk real tough from behind a computer screen. I’ll bet if we were in a room together you wouldn’t say a word. Your a coward just like every other filthy fan, some of you cowards are just more stupid than the others and get physical. It would be so much better if Philly fans just went away.. Good bye tugs.

      • pbhatesphilly - Sep 2, 2012 at 1:36 PM


    • grlscout - Sep 2, 2012 at 8:12 PM

      You take over NY?!?! I dont recall EVER seeing that. Seriously, not even once. I understand with the humiliation you endured last season (SWEEEEEP), but previous seasons have been just as quiet. Maybe you mistake no one wanting to go to your city as an indication that opposing fans are scared. We aren’t. We really just have no desire to go to Philadelphia. You can hardly blame us.

  26. barkar942 - Sep 2, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    I have a better idea.
    Let’s all stop arguing about one idiot who drank too much and did something really stupid (Philly or Toronto or LA or Nashville or anywhere else this could have happened- it was stupid and now he is gonna pay for it).
    Let’s get on Bettman and Fehr to GET A DEAL DONE!

  27. antmel30 - Sep 2, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    Listen people where we’re all the stories when Vancouver burnt their city down when loosing to Boston in cup. Montreal flipping and burning cars just for making it to conderence finals. The giants fan who was in hospital for months after la dodgers game. The Broadstreet bullies were in 70 s. Turn the page . If your a fan fgoing to an opposing city wearing opposite team gear provoking fans your likely to get in fight. All NHL fans love violence or nfl or MLB. I hear all cities cheering when there is great hit or fight starts. Philly isn’t only city who cheers at that kind of stuff. Stop acting like we are only city that likes a great fight or raised roof after kicking some guys ass on ice. Every city has there moment where one fan has to much to drink and then acts stupid. Philly is a huge city one of biggest in united states you are bound to have a few dopes out of a million people.

  28. jacketsfan7 - Sep 2, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    I’m on an iPhone to start off and second of all I apologized why am I being punished? Just forget what I said and read responsibly
    Thank you very kindly

  29. jacketsfan7 - Sep 2, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    There’s nothing wrong about me posting my personal opinions either , I’m a huge hockey fan who has a right to speak his mind just as you do

  30. tcclark - Sep 2, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    The hypocrites on this site are hilarious. You get on here preaching about how Philadelphia fans are so wrong for their treatment of other fans, and yet in these articles, it has been the Philly fans (for the most part) who have refrained from verbally attacking another fan bases. Don’t get on here and preach about unfair treatment to fans when your opinions are so unwavering that you can’t even admit that not all Philadelphia fans are bad.

    • pbhatesphilly - Sep 2, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      tcclark don’t tell me what to rant about, if you don’t like it don’t say stupid things that make you look like a complete idiot. Stop trying to convince everyone that you filthy fans are being picked on, you bring it on yourself. If you filthy fans would act with an ounce of restraint these posts would never happen, it’s because of people like you that inspire people like me to waste my valuable time responding to your abhorant behavior. Grow up filthy fans.

      • tcclark - Sep 2, 2012 at 3:26 PM

        What happened to you in Philadelphia? Honestly. I don’t even know you, but I’m starting to worry about you. It seems as though your life revolves around hating Philadelphia and everything associated with it. You identify yourself by your hatred of a team rather than the love of another. You honestly hate Philadelphia more than you like your own team. That’s a really dangerous hatred.

        Please tell me what Philadelphia fans have done to you so I can begin to understand why you have this need to tell everyone you hate them so much. Believe me, I know how brutal Philadelphia fans can be. I grew up surrounded by them. I was picked on growing up for not being an Eagles fan, but nothing they have done or nothing anyone has ever done would cause me to hate them as much as you hate Philadelphia.

  31. grlscout - Sep 3, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    @tcclark – Stop feeding the flame. If it hurts your feelings when people talk about your team or its fan base, stop giving them ammunition. As it has been explained to you over and over and over again. you are only proving the point. Im just trying to help you out, bro.

  32. fortwaynekomets - Sep 8, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    tCClark is a filthy moron. she made me dumber by reading her post. you filthy hermaphrodite!

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