The Wings are right smack dab in the middle of another exciting season! And, what a great time
to get out to watch them take on their next challenger! The National Lacrosse League is waiting anxiously for the Philadelphia
Wings to take on the Edmonton Rush, Minnesota Swarm, Rochester Knighthawks and Toronto Rock all at their home turf - the Wells
Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia Wings History
The Philadelphia Wings were one
of the original four franchises in the Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League. The Wings along with the New Jersey Saints, Washington
Wave and the Baltimore Thunder, were a part of that debut season. The Wings may not have been an instant success on the floor,
but you wouldn't know it by their fan base! They were the biggest draw in the league, attracting an average of almost 12,000
fans to their first season home games in 1987 and just over 12,000 in their second season home games in 1988.
the Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League was renamed the Major Indoor Lacrosse League and then once again renamed to the National
Lacrosse League in 1998. The Philadelphia Wings are the only franchise to have played all 27 seasons in the same city. Although
they lost their first two playoffs, 1989 held their first on-field success with a first place 6-2 campaign, ending with their
first of a league record six titles with an 11-10 win over New York at the Spectrum. The Philadelphia Wings were the first
team to repeat with another 6-2 season followed by a championship win in Worcester over the New England Blazers. The year
1991 saw the Wings have a 5-5 season, which left them in third place in the American Division. The very next year the Wings
took their third title with an exciting overtime win. Over the next several years, the Philadelphia Wings just continued to
win regular season titles, North American Cup titles and did what they do best... play hard!
The 2003 season saw the
Wings get off to a strong start, but eventually they gave up the division title to the Colorado Mammoth, missing the postseason
for the first time since 1991. The next couple of years were not some of the Wings' most memorable, and with three first-round
draft picks before the 2006 season, rebuilding the team was its first priority. Although the Wings were able to pick up some
outstanding players, they would miss the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season. After the 2007 season, the entire coaching
staff was fired, although Lindsay Sanderson kept the title of GM. The Wings also announced that the team's original general
manager, Dave Huntley, would be their head coach for the 2008 season. That decision would last only two years, and in 2011,
former Wings player John Tucker, would become their head coach. After a disappointing 5-11 record, Tucker announced he was
stepping down from the head coaching position to focus on his position as the Wings new director of U.S. collegiate scouting
efforts. With that decision, the Wings GM Johnny Mouradian became the team's new head coach. Both 2012 and 2013 saw the Wings
finish their season 7-9 and in third place. But, the times are a changin'. And with Blane Harrison as a new head coach the
Philadelphia Wings are on their way to another exciting season!
Philadelphia Wings Trivia
The Wings have
the most titles in the combined league history with six total: four North American Cups in the MILL era and two Champions
Cups since the creation of the NLL. Russ Cline, Chris Fritz, Gary Gait, Paul Gait, Mile French, Tom Marechek, Tony Resch and
Dallas Eliuk are all in the National Lacrosse Leagues Hall of Fame. The Wings also hold records in the NLL, which include
the Single Season Goal Scoring Record, Single Season Loose Balls Record, Single Season Faceoff Wins Record, Single Season
PIM Record and Most Goals in a Single Game.
The Fan Experience and Traditions
Philadelphia fans are known
for their passionate support of their team and for their less-than cordial treatment of opposing players. Goaltender Rob Blasdell
has said, "They truly are the best fans in the league. They're probably the most knowledgeable fans in the league. It would
kind of be the same as playing for the Leafs in Toronto. They're very, very passionate."
The fans enjoy the physical
aspect of the game as well. Geoff Snider said, "The Philly fans are great. They are very loyal, and they get behind it."
traditions start right with the national anthem, when fans can be heard making a 'tsch' sound at the end of each line, mocking
a recording that was used by the Wings in the early years where the only audible portion of the song was the cymbal crashes.
the game, the opposing goalie is often the target of fan's taunts. The most common chant is to remind the goalie, "It's all
your fault" - after every goal they allow. Most recently, the fans in some sections have taken to "beeping" like a truck in
reverse any time a goalie backs up.
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