Brutal Beating Of Woodbridge, NJ Cop Caught On Tape Following Winter Classic Hockey Game

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police in Philadelphia have released a video of a fight between Rangers and Flyers fans Monday night following the Winter Classic hockey game.

The incident took place outside Philadelphia’s iconic Geno’s Steaks Monday at about 7:15 p.m.

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports

According to our colleagues at CBS Philadelphia, police say the incident began when some Flyers fans stopped a window washer who happened to be passing by.

Philadelphia police say the Flyers fans gave the window washer a few bucks and told him to squirt water in the Rangers fans’ faces.

Things escalated from there, until finally three Flyers fans were punching and beating two Rangers fans, knocking one of them unconscious.

Philadelphia police released an edited video of the fight on YouTube.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney On The Story

The video shows a man in a Flyers jersey throwing the first punch seen on tape. When one of the Rangers fans tries to intervene, he’s thrown to the ground and surrounded by the three Flyers fans who pummel him.

One of the men who was beaten is a decorated Marine and Woodbridge, N.J. police officer. Neal Auricchio, 33, was taken to an area hospital and required stitches to close his wounds.  He’s now recovering at his home in New Jersey.

“He’s upset about what happened. It was a tough situation. He’s a life-long Ranger fan and he had an opportunity to go to a special event and things just got carried away,” his father, Neal Auricchio, Sr. “Sports is supposed to be a good time, you go there, you root for your team, you have fun with your friends and then you go home. This kind of stuff should never happen at a sporting event, there’s no justification for this at a sporting event, ever.”

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports

Auricchio, Sr. said his son was “badly banged up” but is “doing OK.”

Woodbridge Mayor John McCormack has known the Auricchio family for years and said the officer is making progress.

If you have any information about the incident, police are asking for you to call them at 215-686-3013.

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  • Dave

    It’s Philadelphia, what do u expect. They’re fights b4 chess matches.

  • Rat Face

    Simpletons at sports games deserve whatever the get for being dummies.

  • RoyAllen

    Just another brutal video,that will show up on TrueTV for some other sickos to watch and emulate

  • Devenio

    What do you expect from animals. One step away for the cave.

  • A "Going Postal" Worker

    What the hell is the matter with some Philly fans???

    Didn’t one Phillies fan intentionally vomit on a young girl at a baseball game, not long ago?

    I’m sure there are plenty of DECENT Philadelphia-area sports fans out there. However, the “gorillas in your midst” are making you look terrible!

  • Cara

    Hockey is the game where the players often fight, hitting each other with sticks, right? And hockey players are the ones who often go through life with teeth missing, right?

    So does it come as any great shock to anyone that hockey fans are just as violent as its players? Everyone who participated in this brawl should be held accountable, whether they were on the winning end or the losing end of it. They should all be arrested, charged with assault (the window washer who was paid off to squirt Rangers fans should be charged with inciting a riot). If any of these violent hockey fans has children under the age of 18. the children must be removed from their care and custody. We cannot have such violent, malevolent people raising children.

    • Cathy

      How can you even suggest that two people who did not start a fight and only tried to defend themselves should be arrested and have there children taken away. The two are brutally beaten while the others probably don’t have a scratch on them. His 2 week old son is perfectly safe living with a cop and war veteran. All he wanted to do was go to a hockey game and eat a cheese steak then go home.

    • Kris

      So, using your logic, there should be 15-20 thousand violent hockey fans causing mayhem after attending every hockey game, in addition to the millions of fans who watched it on tv. Wonder why that doesn’t happen? Oh, that’s right, because watching a violent sport doesn’t cause violence.

      These were just a bunch of aholes who would have done this no matter what sporting event they had just left.

  • David Stern

    Hockey is a loser sport. Anyone who watches it is a dirtbag

    • billy320

      Guess that makes you a bigger loser for commenting on it, idiot dirtbag

    • Joe Schmo

      Oh, and your African ballet is the cleanest sport of them all. SURE.

  • Gerry Attrick

    I guess these immature punks were feeling really powerful while they ganged up on the father and his son. Hopefully they will be apprehended and sentenced to a long stay in a dangerous prison environment. Lowlifes such as these should never be permitted to walk the streets freely after the criminal justice system becomes aware of their inability to refrain from attacking other human beings over such an ‘important issue’ as who their favorite team is.

    • Tyrion Imp

      Well said brutha!

  • Jimmy

    Pennsylvania – one big trailer park.

  • 'THE' Fan

    The Flyers have always been known as the Broad Street Bullies. Does their abberant behavior surprise anyone? By the way, Hockey, or any other sport for that matter, is “macho” based.

    • Vinny

      Yea, Macho….lets see…the victim (a marine) went overseas, took a bullet, then went back for another tour….does that pass your macho test?



    • CT Native

      Your comment reveals alot about you. What a shame.

  • Ellen

    What is it with these so call sports fans. God, they should have better security at these games then what they do have.

    • Amtracmarine

      Read much Ellen?? It wasn’t at the game. It was at a cheesesteak joint in So. Philly.

  • Maddie

    A decorated former US Marine with two tours of duty and Purple Heart under his belt, currently serving the NJ Police Department.

    Beating someone unconsious with continuous kicks to the head.
    I am hearing the other person beaten was his son.


    My prayer to this hero and his son for a speedy recovery.

    • NJCopsSuck

      NJ cops are losers… He probably deserved the beating he got!

      • Support our troops

        And he was a war hero. I guess you hate the USA too what a stupid comment

    • Matt

      FYI…that was not his son. The cops child is only a few months old.

  • JudoWayne

    Typical Philadelphia fans. They are all a bunch of drunk, tatooed, hairy chested neanderthals. And that’s just the women!

  • Mikeybrooklyn

    Boy I would hate to be those Philly fans- Whole state of NJ cops after them. Good night nurse!

  • billy320

    The moron flyer fan posted this on facebook

    Two days later, Edward Neary said he was one of the guys police were looking for—via the Facebook page of SB Nation’s Flyers blog Broad Street Hockey, which was actively attempting to find whoever was responsible and help the police investigation.

    Neary, a 2009 high school graduate, commented on a post of the video: “it was me and my friends, do something about it,” then used a homophobic slur. After another commenter noted that Neary’s name and face were obviously visible, Neary wrote “how dumb do I look knocking someone out pretty sure they look dumb eatin concrete”.

  • Mayor.Koch's tomb

    Shows you how some Psycho’s love this macho based game,not all
    fan’s must many,did you ever go to a game/ Yuck!

  • You going to jail

    They going to jail Big Brother is everywhere.Attempted murder with the kicks to the head..Lets see how tough they are when they get the beatdown for being cop beaters.

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