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Flyers Rookie Camp Comes to a Close





September 15, 2011





Three days are in the books at Flyers Rookie Camp at the Virtua SkateZone in Voorhees, NJ.

Phantoms players Harry Zolnierczyk, Shane Harper, Tyler Hostetter, Oliver Lauridsen, Luke Pither, Zac Rinaldo and Eric Wellwood were all part of the camp. Others who were there who could potentially be a part of the Phantoms this year included Blake Kessel, Tyler Brown, Jason Akeson and Tye McGinn.

Kessel just signed with the Flyers organization earlier on Wednesday following his career at the University of New Hampshire. He is the brother of Paul Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Brown and Akeson both signed with the Flyers as free agents out of the Ontario Hockey League. Brown's speed has caught some attention in rookie camp this week while Akeson topped the OHL in points with 108.

McGinn comes from the Quebec Major Junior League where he has posted impressive numbers. This is McGinn's third rookie camp with the Flyers. He was also with Adirondack in the preseason last year before heading back to the Gatineau Olympiques. He is the younger brother of Jaime McGinn of the San Jose and Worcester Sharks.

Next up for the group of young talents is the Rookie Game matchup against the Washington Capitals. The contest on Thursday at 5:00 PM will match the Flyers rookies against the Washington Capitals rookies at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. It is a free admission game at the big arena and a large crowd is expected to cheer on the future Flyers prospects in an exciting NHL-style atmosphere as they battle it out with the Caps.

This is the fifth annual Rookie Game between the Flyers and the Capitals but the first to be held at either team's NHL arena. The previous rookie games have taken place at each team's practice facilities to jam-packed crowds. The games have developed a reputation for being especially rough with multiple fights as the youngsters look to make the most of their big chance to shine in front of the NHL coaches.

The Rookie Game will be broadcast online at philadelphiaflyers.com Thursday at 5:00 PM with the Flyers broadcast team calling the action.


Here is the summary from Day 3 of the Rookie Camp courtesy of Flyers.NHL.com:

Day Three of Flyers Rookie Camp saw the squads battle each other in a few unscheduled scrimmages. Perhaps that was the plan all along in order to give the prospects a little bit of preparation for what lies ahead on Day Four.

“I think everyone has to put their best foot forward come tomorrow night,” said Harry Zolnierczyk, who is one rookie expected to be in the line up for the Smoothie King Rookie Game vs. the Washington Capitals. “The first day, the second day and the third day [the pace] definitely picked up.”

With pace picking up, so too has the competition, which is after all, what rookie camp has been all about, and from the Phantoms and Flyers coaching staff, the game against the Caps will be a very big measuring stick.

“The competition is big, as well as playing in the environment of the rink [The Wells Fargo Center],” said Phantoms head coach Joe Paterson. “We’re hearing that there’s going to be a good crowd and good support so I think that’s going to be exciting for these young players.”

Another player not shying away from the competition is Tyler Brown, the 21-year-old center who was signed by the Flyers to an entry-level contract back in March.

“I think it’s going to be a rough game. I don’t really know much about Washington, but I’ve heard from the past that every game they play is usually rough and intense, so I’m looking forward to showing my stuff.”

According to the coaching staff and Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, Brown’s stuff has been impressive.

“There’s been a number of kids that have caught my attention,” said Holmgren. “Tyler Brown is someone who I didn’t know a whole lot about… his speed has caught my eye.”

Brown spent the last four years playing in the Ontario Hockey League with the Plymouth Whalers. Last season he posted 25 goals and 57 points in 67 games. He added another 14 points (3G-11A) in just 11 postseason contests.

Adirondack Phantoms Opening Night is coming and is now less than a month away! Saturday, October 8 the Phantoms take on the Connecticut Whale to begin the third season of exciting Phantoms hockey in Glens Falls. Get your tickets now by calling the Adirondack Phantoms at 518-480-3355 or visit phantomshockey.com

Get great savings and have fun with your friends, family or co-workers by bringing your group of 15 or more fans to enjoy fast-paced, hard-hitting Phantoms hockey. Don't forget the Phantoms preseason games on Wednesday, September 28 in Saratoga Springs, NY against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and on Saturday, October 1 against the Albany Devils at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

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