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Day 2: Coverage of the 2011 Flyers Prospect Camp







Seth DeWitt
Adirondack Phantoms
July 7

While it was sunny and 90 degrees outside of the Virtua Center in Voorhees, the only thing on the mind of fans in Southern New Jersey and Pennsylvania was Flyers/Phantoms hockey.

For the second day in a row, fans filled the SkateZone with the orange and black. Fans were raving over the chance to see players such as forwards Ben Holmstrom, Eric Wellwood and Zac Rinaldo along with Erik Gustafsson who spent time last season with the Flyers. In addition, for some, it was their first look at the newly acquired, Brayden Schenn and first round draft pick, Sean Couturier.

The first session got underway around 9 am with the 12 defensemen being first on the ice. Adirondack Phantoms Assistant Coach Riley Cote along with Derian Hatcher, Ian Laparierre, Jeff Reese and Joel Bouchard ran the group again through a series of drills (D-to-D passing, puck control, breakouts, one-timers and boxing-out forwards in front of the net).

Around 10:45 am, the 23 forwards hit the ice, being put through some of the same drills.

The atmosphere inside the building was electric and much of the talk around me was how different the 2011 Prospect camp is from in years past. I found out that when the Flyers asked Ian Laparierre to take over the event, Laparierre agreed to only if he could change the camp’s structure.

Instead of the players being run through scrimmages every day and being evaluated based upon their fitness testing, Laparierre and the rest of the staff are teaching these individuals the tools to be of how to be successful.

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.

When speaking with forward Zac Rinaldo about how he is going to defeat Mike Testwuide, the reigning champion of Trial on the Isle, he stated, “I’m going to fly on the bike. I am just going to rip through the bike. I am not going into the water. That is one thing I won’t do. Too many horseflies, too many weird creatures.”

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 and player videos from the 2011 Flyers Prospect Camp.

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