The 2006-07 season was a bleak one for the Philadelphia Flyers. Head coach Ken Hitchcock was dismissed after a horrific start to the season, and John Stevens was handed the reins in mop-up duty and was not much better. The Flyers finished 22-48-12; 60 losses in total. The 56 points set a new franchise low.
But in January of 2007 ESPN released a players survey naming Philadelphia Flyers fans the Most Intimidating in Hockey. Even in a season when the Flyers themselves were not that tough to beat, the Wells Fargo Center (then still "Wachovia") was a tough building night in and night out.
Growing up a typical "four-for-four" Philadelphia fan, I've always been fascinated with my city's loyalty, and have always been proud of the reputation my city's fans have developed over many generations.
The Philadelphia Flyers have quite possibly the most dedicated fans in the city, as proven by their ranking as the league's best in a season the team itself was in the draft lottery.
Out-of-towners have often asked "what makes you this way?" and it's a valid question. They're not like us in San Francisco or Dallas. Milwaukee or Miami. Any place I have traveled to see a Philly team I've been disappointed by the intensity of the hosting town's fans.
Hell, Detroit calls itself "HockeyTown" and they don't draw near what the Flyers do these days.
But what makes Philadelphia so intense?
This city's fans have a long and sordid history with all its teams, but the Flyers have always been the beloved son, the team fans have an unquestionable dedication to, no matter the results on the ice or the goings on in the media.
Enough of a preamble? Okay, let's get to it: the eight reasons Flyers fans are the most intense in hockey.