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Day 4: Coverage of the 2011 Flyers Prospect Camp







Seth DeWitt
Adirondack Phantoms
July 9

On my arrival to Day 4 of the Flyers Prospect Camp, I found out that the team would not be scrimmaging. The prospects will scrimmage on Monday July 11, which will be the last day of the 2011 camp.

The first session got underway around 9 a.m. with 2010-2011 Phantoms Luke Pither, Tom Sestito Andrew Rowe, Kevin Marshall and Oliver Lauridsen hitting the Virtua Center ice first. The second session started around 10:30 a.m. with forwards Matt Read, Ben Holmstrom and Eric Wellwood along with defensemen Marc-Andre Bourdon and Tyler Hostetter.

Adirondack Phantoms assistant coach Riley Cote along with Flyers Personnel Joel Bouchard, Ian Laparierre, Derian Hatcher and Jeff Reese ran the two groups through puck possession and shooting drills as well as through “herbies.”

Herbies are a player’s worst nightmare and I can attest to that. It is a drill in which you skate from goal line to blue line and back, goal line to red line and back, goal line to blue line and back and today extended from goal line to goal line

After practice, I caught up with Adirondack Phantoms Head Coach Joe Paterson who was seeing the prospects for the first time at the camp.

Q: What have you been up to this off-season?

I’ve been doing a lot of Public Relations things in the local area. I have been out with Dax doing a lot of things. Getting out in the community towards the end of the school and having some fun. We just celebrated 200 appearances in the local area, which is a huge accomplishment.

Q: How has it been going out in the community with Dax?

It’s about getting out in the community. It is important for not only Dax to get out but the players as well. We want to continue to build that relationship with the fans. I believe when the fans get to know the players it makes them want to come out to the games more. Fans begin to have a personal relationship with the players. When the players are out and having success, fans want to cheer them on even more. I think we saw that down the stretch in the last seven games when the team was having success on the ice and the crowd was starting get over 4,000 people. You could see that there was a lot of energy in the building from not only the fans but from the players as well. It is a great to have that relationship and was exciting down the stretch for our team.

Q: The American Hockey League approved a division realignment this past week. The Phantoms will play in the newly formed Northeast Division with the Albany Devils, Springfield Falcons, Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Connecticut Whale. What are your thoughts on the change in divisions?

I think it will be exciting for our fans. You get to see a team in Bridgeport, which is the New York Islanders farm team. With that being a New York team and the Flyers playing the Islanders a lot, it will be good for our fans. Seeing Springfield and Albany as well will be good. We will see be crossing over to play Rochester, Hershey and Wilkes Barre and I know our fans really enjoy getting to see those teams as well.

Q: Today is your first day here in Voorhees checking out this year’s prospect camp. What are your thoughts on some of the newest editions to the organization?

I think it has been very good. You get a chance to see some of the new players like Sean Couturier who was drafted in the first round this year and someone like Brayden Schenn that came over in the trade from the Kings organization. In addition, it is great to see players like Ben Holmstrom, Eric Wellwood, Mike Testwuide and Kevin Marshall that were with the Phantoms last season who came to this camp. It is good for both sides. It is good for the young guys to see what it takes to be a good American Hockey League player and those guys do a great job of setting a good example. This camp has really been a camp on high skill and off the ice workouts like Trial on the Isle. The camp has been a lot of teach and a lot of good skill competition. It shows them the tools on how to prepare as a pro.

The 2011 Flyers Prospect Camp continues on Sunday July 10 and ends with a scrimmage on Monday July 11.

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