By Anthony Caruso
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/24/14
Years ago, the Philadelphia Wings wore orange in their jerseys.
They switched to red and black colors years ago. But on Sunday, the Wings wore custom uniforms featuring orange and black colors during their game vs. the Minnesota Swarm at the Wells Fargo Center. These jerseys were made to look like Philadelphia Flyers sweaters with the Wings logo, jersey number, and NLL patch on the shoulder.
The Wings teamed up with their fellow Wells Fargo Center tenants for their promotional jerseys. The jerseys were then auctioned off after the game to the highest bidder.
A total of $13,300 was raised from the Jersey Auction for Comcast-Spectacor and Flyers Charities.
These promotional jerseys came as they Flyers continued on their Olympic break. The players not competing in the Olympics have had to stay in shape and practice at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, New Jersey. This allowed some to attend Sunday’s game, a heartbreaking 15-14 loss to the Swarm.
“We were pretty fired up to wear them,” said Wings standout Kevin Crowley. “It’s a unique time, and having Claude Giroux in the crowd was special.”
Grioux, Wayne Simmonds, Steve Mason, and Chris VandeVelde were in a suite at the Wings game. Giroux presented Wings veteran Kyle Sweeney (Springfield-Delco) with the custom promotional jersey on Wednesday at the Flyers Skate Zone.
Yet, Crowley wished the Wings would have made a change to their entire uniform. The Wings players wore the orange and black jerseys, while still wearing their normal white and red shorts.
“I wish we would have done something with the shorts,” said Crowley. “It would have been nice to have orange and black shorts.”
While the Wings players were fired up to wear the Flyers-inspired jerseys, the team suffered its fourth straight loss.
“It’s a disappointing game,” said Wings head coach Blaine Harrison. “It’s a game that we should have won. The tale of the tape was special teams, as they were better on the power play.”
The Swarm were 5 of 5 on power plays, while the Wings were just 2 of 7. In addition, after the Wings started out with a 7-3 lead, the Swarm rallied to take the lead in the fourth period before holding on for the win.
“It’s the same thing that has plagued us all year,” said Harrison. “We get displacement after our early success.”