Every team in the NHL runs some sort of promotion or another. Most teams have something along the lines of “every fan gets a free order of fries if the home team scores 4 or more goals”. Maybe you’ll get a free Papa Johns pizza with your ticket if the home team wins in overtime. Nothing that is necessarily life changing but maybe if you pass a Chick-Fil-A on your way to work every morning, you can use your ticket from last night to get an order of Chick-n-Minis.
However, the Flyers aren’t just any old team so they’re not going to waltz out there with any old promotion. Instead of just handing away free food for a win, they decided to put an Automated External Defibrillator on a line. If the Flyers win in overtime, an AED goes to a school where it can potentially end up saving a child’s life. If they lose? Well then I guess that school is just shit out of luck. And considering the Flyers are now 1-5 in their last 6 games that have gone to overtime? Well there are a lot of defibrillators that are never going to be donated.
In those 5 overtime losses, here’s how long it took the Flyers to not donate an Automated External Defibrillator to a school:
- 11/17 vs Tampa: 107 seconds, Anthony Cirelli GWG
- 12/6 vs Columbus: 10 seconds, Seth Jones GWG
- 12/12 vs Calgary: 35 seconds, Johnny Gaudreau GWG
- 12/27 vs Tampa: 18 seconds, Alex Killorn GWG
- 1/5 vs Calgary: 119 seconds, TJ Brodie GWG
So all in all, it took a combined 289 seconds for the Philadelphia Flyers to lose their last 5 overtime losses. If the Flyers actually cared about the kids, maybe they’d start donating the defibrillators for sudden death losses instead. Or, ya know, maybe just donate them regardless instead of treating them the same way the majority of franchises treat a small Frosty from Wendy’s in their promotions. Just a thought. Donate the AEDs regardless, hand out the free pizza for overtime wins.
P.S. – If the 2019 World Juniors taught us anything, it’s that Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko are both bonafide studs. The Flyers have now lost 6 games in a row and sit in 30th place. All they need to do is keep that up. The holidays are over and they’re 14 points out of a wild card spot. It’s time to focus on the draft.