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Day 1 from the Flyers Prospect Camp







Seth DeWitt
Adirondack Phantoms
July 6

The First Day of the 2011 Flyers Prospect Camp from the SkateZone in Voorhees, NJ is complete. 40 players are scheduled to attend the five-day camp, which includes 23 forwards, 12 defensemen and 5 goaltenders.

Before the camp began, I got a chance to walk around the facility and see what the SkateZone had to offer. The complex recently installed the Bauer Hockey Training Center where players can improve on their mechanics on the ice. It is a state-of-the art synthetic ice skating treadmill where a coach can work with their player one-on-one (videotape analysis included) to help enhance an individual’s power, speed & endurance along with stick handling and shooting while skating. It is a great way for hockey players to make the next step in their career.

The first session got underway around 9 a.m. with current Phantoms players Mike Testwuide, Zac Rinaldo, Kevin Marshall and Oliver Lauridsen along with the recently acquired, Brayden Schenn. There was much excitement from the estimated crowd of around 250 to get a first look at the coveted center, Brayden Schenn. Fans were buzzing about the latest addition and snapping photos whenever the time was made possible.

The second session started around 10:45 am with each of the practices being held on the Flyers Rink at the Virtua Center. There was some confusion from the media and fans as to where the second session was to begin. Swarms of individuals went from the Flyers rink to the Phantoms rink (and vise versa) multiple times and honestly was quite amusing. Forwards Matt Read, Eric Wellwood, Ben Holmstrom along with defenseman Erik Gustafsson made up part of the second session. Sean Couturier, the Flyers 1st Round Pick in the 2011 Draft, made his debut as well as the rest of their 2011 picks (Nick Cousins, Colin Suellentrop, Marcel Noebels, Petr Placek and Derek Mathers).

Forwards were wearing white while defensemen were in black.

Adirondack Phantoms assistant coaches Riley Cote and Kjell Samuelsson along with Derian Hatcher, Ian Laparierre and Jeff Reese ran the camp. The coaches ran the group through a series of drills including sprints, passing, puck control and an intense game in front of the goaltender to gain control of the puck over their opponent.

Listed below are players that are at the 2011 Flyers Prospect Camp and were with the Phantoms during the 2010-11 season:

-Forwards: Shane Harper, Tye McGinn, Luke Pither, Matt Read, Zac Rinaldo, Andrew Rowe, Tom Sestito, Mike Testwuide, Eric Wellwood and Harry Zolniercyzk

-Defensemen: Marc-Andre Bourdon, Erik Gustafsson, Tyler Hostetter, Oliver Lauridsen and Kevin Marshall

On-ice workouts continue on Thursday, July 7 at 9 a.m. and following the camp, there will be a public skating session from 12:30 to 3 PM. Selected players will be on the ice with fans at various times throughout the session.

On Friday, July 8, the camp shifts to Stone Harbor, NJ for the annual Trial on the Isle. The daylong event includes a 10 AM mini-triathlon competition that includes a bike ride from the corner of 96th Street and 2nd Avenue to the Yacht Club beginning at 10 a.m. Following the bike ride, they will take off in a paddleboat obstacle course at Snug Harbor Basin (89th and Sunset Ave). The last stretch of the race includes a run from 87th Street, over the dunes to the finish line at 96th Street.

The reigning champion from last year, Mike Testwuide, says he is looking forward to proudly defending the title, “I like paddling. I am not a big runner. I would not mind the bike but the bike is tough to grab the lead. I feel like the paddling is where the lead is taken.”

The event is followed by a Hooked on Hockey youth clinic, an autograph session and a charity softball game at 4 p.m.

Make sure to continue following the Adirondack Phantoms on Facebook at ADKHockey and on Twitter at PhantomsHockey for continued updates/photos/player videos from the 2011 Flyers Prospect Camp.








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