It is hard to find hockey fans more biased, blatant and rude than those who cheer for the Philadelphia Flyers.
It is even harder to find a player on a rival team that Flyers fans will admit they actually like.
The Flyers have been building rivalries since they came into the league in 1967, and in 2011-12, mentioning Eastern Conference foes like the Penguins, Rangers, Devils and Bruins will unleash a slew of “That guy sucks,” “He’s overrated,” and “I’d never want him playing in Philly!”
However, some opponents play a style of hockey that even the most vicious Flyers’ fan will begrudgingly admit he respects.
For all the hate to be found in the stands of the Wells Fargo Center, these are 10 rival players that we secretly like.