‘I'm a huge starter jacket guy' — Flyers go classic for player of the game


The Flyers are throwing it back to the 90s.

To celebrate their victories, somebody dug up a classic Flyers starter jacket, given to the teammate-selected player of the game.

Cam Atkinson had the honors of rocking it first following his two-goal performance Wednesday night in the Flyers' 6-3 win over the Bruins.

"It took me a little bit to get it on," Atkinson said. "Hopefully they wash it. It's pretty cool, nice to get the first one."

What a find. Who landed it? Kevin Hayes?

"I think, which doesn't surprise any one of us," Atkinson said. "I think it took him a while to find that; it's pretty unique."

It looks vintage.

"I think Hayesy got it," Keith Yandle said. "There's a little bit of a backstory but I'm not really obligated to tell."

Starter jackets were wildly popular in the 90s. They're almost viewed as antique items now.

Yandle was born in 1986 and grew up in the Boston area. He's a fan of the Flyers' new victory swag.

"It's great, I love it," he said. "I'm a huge starter jacket guy. That just brings back memories, as a kid having one, it was kind of the big thing when I was in like fourth, fifth grade — who you had and what team you were supporting. It was weird, there were a lot of Charlotte Hornet jackets I remember as a kid. The good colors. The one that we have, it's awesome. It was a little big on Cam, but it looked good on him."

Travis Konecny wasn't sure how the Flyers would celebrate their personal player of the game this season.

"We usually have something," Konecny said. "It was a surprise right there; I'm sure some guys knew, but yeah, I like that stuff, it was good."

Sounds like Hayes had the connections.

"Pretty cool," Travis Sanheim said. "A great idea."

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