Flyers announce new team to compete in USA Hockey's wounded warriors program

Mike DeNardo
February 21, 2019 - 3:36 pm
The Philadelphia Flyers and the NHL have announced the formation of the Flyers Warriors hockey team.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A new hockey team for wounded veterans is ready to hit the ice, and instead of the orange and black, these Flyers will wear camouflage on the ice. 

The Philadelphia Flyers and the NHL have announced the formation of the Flyers Warriors hockey team. The team of 20 wounded military veterans will now be the 11th team in USA Hockey's warrior program.  

Flyers brass and alumni met the new squad at the Wells Fargo Center.

Defenseman Joe Watson from the '70s Cup teams welcomed the warriors, telling them even though he's from Canada, he appreciates what they did for their country. 

"I get very emotional about stuff like this because I realize what you guys have gone through and what's going on in your life, and it's certainly nice to be here with you all and meet you all and I know you're going to have a good time on the ice," he said.

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Pat Carney of Northfield, who plays defense, suffered a brain injury during his second tour in Iraq.

He says his new teammates get it.

"It's kind of the typical military meeting. Everyone kind of understands where we've all been. We all understand where we could possibly end up, and so it's an instant brotherhood," the 34-year-old said.

You could put 55-year-old Rob Senchak of Scranton, a 30 year Army veteran, almost anywhere on the ice.

"When I played I played defense. But since we've been practicing, I've moved up to the forward. Did a little bit of goalie, so I've been a jack of all trades and a master of none I guess is what you call it," he said. 

The Flyers and the NHL have donated $50,000 to help pay for equipment and ice time.