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104-year-old Flyers fan moved to tears by trying on Stanley Cup ring (video)


Helen Moser, a dedicated Philadelphia Flyers fan, celebrated her 104th birthday recently. She had to wait about 40 years for the team to be founded in 1967 before the German immigrant was able to develop an interest in hockey, which she says was prompted by how she found it similar to soccer.

During her birthday party — a Flyers-themed celebration, mind you, where she and attendees sported Flyers jerseys — celebrating her century-plus-four-years on the planet, an extra-special and unannounced guest paid a visit to the festivities.

Unbeknownst to the centenarian, it had been arranged that Bob “The Hound” Kelly, a 10-year member of the team and part of the Broad Street Bullies squads who won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975, would drop by.

Kelly presented Moser with a customized Flyers jersey with her name and the number 104 on the back, something that positively delighted the elderly but spry lady.

But the real thrill came later when Moser tried on Kelly’s Stanley Cup ring, something that had such an effect on her that she was moved to tears.

Kelly said she should try it on just in case the Flyers don’t win one next year, a comment and gesture that prompted Moser to plant a kiss on Kelly’s cheek.

Happy 104th birthday, Ms. Moser. For her sake and as a reward for her nearly 50 years of Flyers fandom, let’s hope her favorite NHL team can make at least one more run at hoisting the Cup in her lifetime.

[H/T Puck Daddy]