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Flyers Development Camp This Week with Several Phantoms Players
July 7, 2013

The annual Phladelphia Flyers Development Camp takes place this week featuring 31 young prospects and hopefuls which includes 11 players from the 2012-13 Adirondack Phantoms. The camp runs Monday through Thursday at the Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ with the traditional excursion to the beach in Stone Harbor, NJ for the Trail on the Isle taking place on Wednesday.

It's a quick mid-summer gathering for some hard hockey training which includes the instruction and direction of the Flyers coaches and instructors.

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The 11 players with Phantoms experience attending the camp this week include eight forwards, two defensemen and one goalie. The eight forwards are Brandon Alderson, Tyler Brown, Nick Cousins, Kyle Flanagan, Andrew Johnston, Scott Laughton, Derek Mathers and Marcel Noebels. Mark Alt and Matt Konan are the two defensemen from last year's team and goalie Cal Heeter is also at the camp. Most of those players are expected to be a part of this coming season's Phantoms team too.

Four of those players spent the majority of the season with Adirondack: Tyler Brown, Marcel Noebels, Matt Konan and Cal Heeter. Most of the others were late season acquisitions who were receiving their first taste of professional hockey following the conclusion of their collegiate and Major Juniors seasons.

Two of the players at the camp have NHL experience. Scott Laughton began the NHL season with the Flyers in January before returning to Major Juniors for most of the rest of the season. And Matt Konan was a late-season callup to Philadelphia at the conclusion of his successful rookie campaign.

Ian Laperriere is the Flyers director of Player Development. He told flyers.nhl.com that he's changing up the camp a little bit this season. No scrimmages due to risk of injuries in the middle of the summer. And fewer players too.

“There are going to be a lot less players,” Laperriere said. “We will primarily have players we’ve drafted or players we have signed under contract. And the few (non-roster) invites we do have are going to be players that we want to get another look at.”

“I don’t believe in brining kids in during July and have a training camp atmosphere,” Laperriere added. “It’s not fair to anybody. It’s not fair to the kids to be expected to be in top shape in July, which I don’t think they should be. They should be in good shape, but not ready to compete.”

While the camp officially begins Monday morning, the players have actually already arrived on Sunday and posed for their group photo and begun their unloading of equipment and off-ice workouts.

The camp is sometimes the first taste of the Flyers organization and first visit to the Philadelphia areafor many of the youngsters and it is also their first chance to interact with the coaches and instructors. Some recent Prospect Camp attendees the past couple of seasons have included Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, Zac Rinaldo, Matt Read, Tye McGinn, Jason Akeson, Eric Wellwood, Brandon Manning, Oliver Lauridsen and many more.

Some of the players this season may choose to stay in the Philadelphia area after the camp's conclusion to continue their training at the Flyers' facility. Others will head back home to continue their training there. Many of the players at the Development Camp will return to Voorhees in just a couple of months for the team's Rookie Camp in September which is followed by the Philadelphia Flyers Training Camp and schedule of NHL preseason games.

Then, for some, it will be off to Glens Falls sometime later in the month of September to continue preseason training with the Phantoms which includes a preseason exhibition game against the Albany Devils on September 28 at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

The 25th season of AHL excitement in Glens Falls is coming this October! The first official drop of the puck takes place September 28 with a preseason game against the Albany Devils. Catch the Phantoms for less than $10 per game with season tickets. Call the Phantoms to find out more at 518-480-3355.


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