Gritty's epic NHL debut

Gritty's epic NHL debut

But the Philadelphia Flyers' mascot might not have invaded our lives quite as quickly without his memorable -- and painful -- first skate.

(To see the actual viral moment, scroll to the bottom of this story.)

Tons of people were getting involved in the conversation -- our rival, the Penguins, tweeted "lol ok" at us, and Gritty tweeted, "Sleep with one eye open tonight, bird."

Lou Nolan, Flyers PA announcer in his 46th season: For the first game, I wasn't sure where or when he would be coming out.

play 1:13 Katie Nolan recalls the moment when mascots turned on Gritty Gritty took the internet by storm when he was introduced as the Flyers mascot.

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