For better or worse, the Internet and social media have become so intertwined with sports that it's hard to distinguish which powers the other in today's society.
But for all its shortcomings, the Internet can be extremely useful for sports fans trying to learn about and connect with their favorite teams.
For hockey fans in the United States, it is a bit harder to find NHL coverage on television because the NFL, MLB and NBA dominate the landscape for the most part. ESPN in particular has become notorious for its lack of hockey coverage. But there are still plenty of good places to go for hockey news and stories.
For Philadelphia Flyers fans, there are a number of quality websites dedicated to stories about one of the NHL's most popular franchises.
Of course there's the official Bleacher Report page, but that goes without saying considering you are already reading this.
With some down time in the offseason, Philly fans are always looking for ways to stay updated on the orange and black. Here are five sites that every Flyers fan has to have bookmarked.
For all official Flyers news, the team website is an obvious choice. They have exclusive content, like interviews, pictures and videos that you won't find anywhere else.
Also check out their On The Fly blog, which has good information for day-to-day happenings.
HockeyBuzz should be frequented almost daily in the weeks surrounding the draft; it has the best rumors and speculation around the NHL.
Check out Bill Meltzer's "Meltzer's Musings," which is a regular post by Bill Meltzer. Tim Panaccio also writes longer but extremely interesting articles every week or so.
The Philly.com page is an overlooked website for all Philadelphia sports news, not just the Flyers. The main page has Flyers articles, team news and news from all around the NHL.
There are also two blogs connected to the site, Broad Street Bull and Frequent Flyers, which are worth checking out as well.
Broad Street Hockey is SB Nation's official Flyers page. There is a ton of good content on the website every day, regardless of the time of year.
There are full-length articles, radio specials, daily "Fly By's" with interesting tidbits, and an involved community, which all combine to make BSH one of the best Flyers sites out there.
Broad Street Buzz is an official Sports Illustrated "Fansided" blog, a great blog that is updated frequently and has interesting, original content year-round.
There are a bunch of good writers who write good articles and will engage readers in the comment section as well.