Gritty emerged as the Philadelphia Flyers’ mascot in September and quickly caught on with fans and social media. (Getty Images)

When the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers introduced their first mascot in September, they probably had no idea how many Internet memes they were about to unleash upon the world.

Less than a week after his introduction, the 7-foot, bug-eyed orange monster with the unabashed dad bod made his television debut on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,...

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