"While in Toronto, the Hammarby [Pelle's youth hockey club] boys go to a sporting goods store. With [his father] Sigge at his side, Pelle picks out a new catching glove. His dad also tells him to go ahead and buy the jersey he's been admiring since he walked in the store. Most of the other Hammarby boys buy Maple Leafs jerseys, but Pelle picks a Flyers' one instead. Several years later when Pelle is 15, he discovers the play of Bernie Parent -- the goaltender who becomes his idol and, later, his mentor and dear friend. In so doing, he fully adopts the Philadelphia Flyers as his favorite club in the NHL."