Bob Rotruck reports from Flyers Training Camp
in Voorhees, NJ all week:
Day 1 of training camp is officially in the books
and what a day it was. This was NOT your typical
day at the rink. 39 players broken up into two
groups and everyone was worked hard.
Group 1 beginning at 9:00 with the first practice
of the day. Then Group 2 beginning at 10:45 and
running until 12:15. After practice was a team-video
session studying different aspects of the game,
lots of stretching and lifting and crunches and
biking in the workout room (dry-land workouts),
grabbing some lunch somewhere in there, coming
across to find our other set-up for the head-shot
photos, a few interviews with the Philadelphia
media who are covering the camp, etc etc.
And that was just Part 1!
They had a second on-ice practice against at
4:30 pm. Broken into two groups and going hard
up and down the ice with passing and shooting
drills. It was all gogogogo in that practice session.
And then...back to the workout room for even more
stretching, sit-ups and the like.
The safest bet of the entire camp is on how hard
the boys will sleep tonight. They really got off
to a flying start in this training camp and are
getting worked hard. Everyone seems really excited
to be here though and they all are committed to
being in the best shape possible for the start
of the season on October 13.
These guys all had their share of working out
in the summer as well. They have to. You can't
very easily survive a day like they just had if
you've been sitting around playing video games
and eating junk food all summer. There's no easing
Nice turnout of fans too checking out some of
the Flyers players who are on the Phantoms' roster
such as Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, Zac Rinaldo,
Marc-Andre Bourdon, Eric Wellwood and Erik Gustafsson.
Quite a lineup there. And also getting more familiar
with some of the top Phantoms players from last
year such as leading scorer Jason Akeson (41 assists,
55 points), Shane Harper (19 goals in 31 games
after being acquired in a trade), Tyler Brown,
Tye McGinn, Shane Harper, Oliver Lauridsen and
And then there's the brand new guys. Among them,
perhaps the fans' attention is mainly towards
new goalie Niko Hovinen who is hard to miss: Not
every day you see a 6'7" tall goalie. I met
him for the first time this afternoon when he
was wearing skates and he practically had to look
straight down to have a conversation with me.
For me personally, it was a pretty busy day just
trying to keep up with them! Interviews after
each practice session with the other media, some
pics and videos, helping out with the players'
photos and some team-autograph sticks, learning
my way around the facility a bit more (I'm the
new guy here) and on and on. But it actually went
really smoothly throughout. The Flyers people
are all class-acts and had everything arranged
and set up. I'm kind of along for the ride in
Good to see a lot of the guys that I had not
seen since either Prospect Camp in July or the
last game of the season last April. And also nice
to meet some of the new guys too. Lots of catching
up and "How was your summer?" type of
There is a real excitement in camp among all
these players. And I get the very real sense that
the NHL guys who are locked out who are able to
play for us like Zac Rinaldo and Eric Wellwood
are genuinely excited to have this option available
to them. So many of the NHL guys are packing up
their stuff and heading to Europe to play. Or
are kind of in wait-and-see mode before they commit
to playing in Europe. But the players that we
have don't have to worry about trying to find
a team or deciding if they want to play in Europe
for an undetemined amount of time. They already
have a ready-made oppourtunity for them with the
Phantoms where they are already familiar and comfortable.
And the other aspect of the excitement in camp
is in regards to how good this team is. These
guys know they have a really good lineup. The
Phantoms have more guys sent down from the NHL
than almost any other team. They know they are
good and are ready to do this. They are pumped
to get to show exactly how good they are against
the rest of the AHL and are geared up for a great
Check out some of the videos from Day 1 below.
The third video is of Phantoms head coach Terry
Murray. My favorite part is at about 1:05 into
it when the reporter asks about being in a league
"where maybe development comes before winning."
Terry gives a bit of a look and then quickly responds,
"Not for me it doesn't!" I think it's
a somewhat common idea for some that winning isn't
as much of a focus in the minor leagues. But it
just simply isn't true, especially in hockey.
Training camp in Voorhees continues through October
7. Then the team heads up to Glens Falls to continue
preparations beginning with the team's first practice
at the GFCC on October 9. By that time, we'll
be chomping at the bit to get the season started:
Opening Night is Saturday, October 13 against
the Portland Pirates.
The newest Phantom! 19
year old Sean Couturier is excited for his new
team after scoring 13 goals and 14 assists in
Philadelphia last year. Flyers radio broadcaster
Tim Saunders has the interview.
Video of the training
camp's opening practice. How many Phantoms can
you recognize? Hint: The numbers on their helmets.
Warning: A couple numbers changed from last year!
Terry Murray addresses
the media after the morning sessions on Day 1.
Part of the day's off-ice
activities included the preseason head-shot photos.
Tye McGinn does not approve
of Jason Akeson.
Shane Harper wants to
get his hair just right. A little in front or
pull it all back? It's a tough decision.
Looking tough. C'mon
Cullen Eddy...give us a smile! Is he starting
up the bearded look again?
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located downstairs inside the Glens Falls Civic
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Season is Coming!!
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season presented by Bud Light will be Saturday,
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