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August 20, 2010






Want to know what your favorite Phantoms players and prospects are up to this off-season? We recently talked to Ben Holmstrom and asked him a few questions.

How are you staying busy during the off-season?
Right now [I'm in Philadelphia with a few other Flyers prospects and] we’re working out, we’ve started skating a bit here and stuff. We’re just kind of killing time, living with four guys… we’ve got the Rock Band going right now, and we find stuff to keep ourselves busy.

What was your most memorable moment from last season with the Phantoms?
Well, I was only there for 13 games, but I think when I scored my first goal was a highlight in that short little time period. It was nice to get on the board. The first win we got while was there was at Hershey, and that was a really fun game to play in. I think we came from behind, I can’t really remember, but that was the first one we got when I was around and that was exciting.

What did you think of your first Prospect Camp with the Flyers?
It was really good. I wasn’t really sure what to expect coming in. I heard a lot of different reviews from guys and stuff like that it was actually a lot of fun. It was hard work but it was good to get around with some of the younger guys. We got to learn a lot and got to play a good amount. It was a good experience and I was glad to be a part of it.

What is your focus going into Flyers training camp?
Right now, it’s just to be in the best shape and at the top of my game as quickly as possible going into camp. I want to go in and try to make an impression, show them that I think I can play at the next level. Just do whatever it takes, fill whatever role I can and see how far I can take it.

What do you think will be key to the Phantoms’ success this year?
It’s hard to say. I wasn’t around that long last year to really see what the pros and cons were, but you’ve just got to come to work every day. I think consistency is going to be huge, especially for me coming off a college season playing 35 games, you’re going into a season now where you play 80 games. You have to be consistent on a daily basis and be ready to go.

How do you summarize YOUR season, personally, last year?
For me, there’s a lot of ups and downs. Going into the season back at school we had some pretty high expectations, started out hot but cooled down in the middle of the season, and obviously fell short of what we wanted to accomplish. That was a bit of a downer but the day after the season was over I was lucky enough to sign with the Flyers, and that’s been my goal since I started playing hockey to see if I could play professionally. So that was from one low to a pretty high high. I got a little bit of a taste of it to build off of… obviously there’s going to be a lot more to learn. Overall it was a good experience.

What did you improve most in your game last season?
I think the biggest thing for me was as I got older, just confidence and playmaking… that I have the ability to make some plays out there, get around the net and score some goals.

What is your favorite Glens Falls hangout?
The Queensbury Hotel. (laughs) No, I was there for a short time period, so I didn’t venture too far from there. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot more of it.

What do you think of the off-season acquisitions the Flyers have made, and how do you think that will affect the Phantoms?
For me as a young guy, it’s pretty interesting to watch. It’s a whole new world for me. When you’re growing up and in school you see guys sign, but being close to it, you see a lot more that goes into it and how it affects the organization overall. It’s been fun to watch, and it’s definitely interesting and been a lot to learn.

What are the things you personally want to improve upon for this season?
I think just being comfortable in a game and playing with confidence is going to be the biggest factor. I’m not a super flashy player, but I think I do enough things well that if I play with confidence, I should be able to make an impact.

How do you think the addition of Assistant Coach Riley Cote will affect the team’s success?
I haven’t gotten to know him real well yet. He’s been around a lot when I’ve been there and I’ve just talked to him quick once or twice, but all I’ve heard is just how good of a guy he is and that he’s going to make a positive impact. From what I’ve heard, he’s going to be a real good guy to have around.

What AHL team(s) do you most look forward to playing against this season?
Hershey was fun, I think a lot of those teams in your division you see a lot so it’ll be fun again to develop some real heated rivalries and stuff like that. That always makes the games a lot more interesting and more intense, and for me that’s what makes it fun.

Stay tuned as we check in with more players that are expected to wear a Phantoms or Flyers uniform in the upcoming season. If you have questions for a Phantoms player that you'd like answered, please send them to the Phantoms via Facebook or Twitter.

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