Every Flyers fan has been hearing about and discussing the changes made this past offseason. We all know the names who left and the new players brought in to take their place.
Flyers fans are an especially dedicated bunch and value the logo over any individual player, no matter how beloved said player once was.
I've been watching my Flyers for as far back as I can remember. My father has told me of taking me to the Spectrum to get our first look at Eric Lindros when No. 88 was a rookie.
It was at one of these games in the early 1990s when my father bought an authentic home white No. 88 jersey, which eventually became my first jersey. I held on to it for a while, and still break it out from time to time, mostly for a laugh.
In 1997, the Flyers debuted their now classic black third jersey. In love with the cool, new update, I was given the jersey for Christmas and had it customized with the new, exciting free agent Chris Gratton's name and number—55. This jersey was tragic for a number of reasons, as Gratton was not only a bust in orange and black, but he changed his number to 77 the following season, once Paul Coffey departed.
Some time went by before I made my next hockey jersey purchase, getting by on t-shirts and hats to demonstrate the hockey team I supported. I finally settled on a home white Charlestown Chiefs jersey, personalized with my own name and high school playing number.
Then, I fell in love again.
A young first-round draft pick, tabbed as the next great captain, the next Bobby Clarke. I went out and bought a Mike Richards jersey and put the "C" on it a year before he was awarded captaincy.
Now Richards is gone, with only a trail of beer bottles and disappointment in his wake. Meanwhile, I am left without a Flyers jersey.
But now, with so many new options, it is almost impossible to decide which player on this revamped roster is worthy of having his name festooned upon my back.
With your help, I hope to come to a definite conclusion, as the Winter Classic jerseys will be on sale before you know it, and the only way I know how to get over the heartbreak of the Phillies and Eagles is an impulse buy that will also get me totally geared for hockey season.
So, without any further delay, which Flyers player's name should be my next attempt to break my jersey losing streak?