Rangers Fans Beaten Up In Philly To View Sunday’s Game With Former NHL Players

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Rangers fans who were attacked by Flyer fans in Philadelphia earlier this year will go to the Garden for the first time since the attack, and they will do so in style.

Neil Auricchio Jr of Woodbridge and Michael Janocko of Avenel will share a private suite with former New York Rangers Nick Fotiu and Ron Greschner.

1010 WINS Reporter Glenn Schuck was there…

“Former Ranger and Trinity Financial board members Nick Fotiu and Ron Greschner both contacted me shortly after the beating incident in Philly asking what we could do to show support to these Rangers fans,” explains Peter Grandich, founder of Trinity Financial Sports & Entertainment Management Co., LLC .

“Having already secured a suite at the February12th game, I decided to invite both Neal and Michael to be in suite with fan favorites Ron and Nick and we’ve invited several other ex-Rangers,” Grandich says.

Auricchio is a new father, a Woodbridge Police Officer and was awarded the Purple Heart for his service in Iraq, he suffered a head injury in the attack that will require a steal plate underneath his eye. Janocko suffered head and orthepedic injuries as well.

Grandich reached out to the men through friends in the NJ State Police and invited them to Sunday’s game between the Rangers and the Capitals.

What do you think of Grandich’s offer? Let us know in our comments section below…

  • Lenny

    Mr. Grandich’s consideration of the Woodbridge police officer and his friend was not only an act of kindness but it was also an expression of gratitude for the sacrifices of this officer both on the street and in Iraq. William A. Ward put it best: “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a gift and not giving it.” We should also be grateful for Mr. Grandich who continually helps those who would otherwise be overlooked when they experience one of life’s cruel measures.

  • lady byng

    a salute from lady byng for the kindness extended. refreshing that good sportsmanship doesn’t fade away, when the sweater gets hung up in retirement. here’s a thought for what should happen to the goons responsible. enlarge the net, 4 point restraint the goon, and then have a marathon (dope) slap shot competition, oh yeah, no pads for the goons.

  • Barbara Bracale

    I am a Devils fan, but my hat is off to Grandich for supporting the Rangers fans who were beaten up. Philadelphia fans are nothing but sewer trash.

  • Jack

    I would like to see the punks who did this go 3 minutes with Nick Fotiu. That would make for a great fundraiser and a long lasting YouTube video.

  • Jack

    The Golf season has started and the PGA championship at Pebble Beach broadcast has been pushed back for CBS to air a college basketball game. Can they really expect golf fans to come back for more of this poor treatment?

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