Flyers Development Camp in Voorhees through Thursday
July 2, 2023
Summer may be in full swing for Flyers and Phantoms fans, but this week is part of hockey season for the organization as the team’s annual Development Camp takes place at the Flyers Training Center in Voorhees, NJ.
A total of 39 players are taking part in this year’s camp, including eight of the Flyers’ selections from last week’s NHL Draft. The group gathered in South Jersey on Friday and Saturday for orientation meetings before taking in Saturday afternoon’s Phillies game, where 2023 first round pick Oliver Bonk threw out one of the day’s first pitches. His presence obviously inspired the Phillies, who dismantled the Washington Nationals 19-4.
Flyers’ Director of Player Development, Riley Armstrong, and Assistant Director of Player Development, Nick Schultz, along with Lehigh Valley Phantoms coaches Ian Laperriere and Jason Smith will lead the on-ice sessions. Players will participate in daily skating, strength and conditioning sessions, as well as off-ice topics including social media training and sports psychology education. In addition, camp will conclude with a 5-on-5 scrimmage on Thursday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. that is also free and open to the public.
Along with the future Phantoms at Development Camp are several more experienced players whom Phantoms fans are already very familiar.
11 Phantoms players from last season or the season before are participating in the camp. Some of the players were with the Phantoms almost all season while others were late-season additions and are under contract for next year.
Additionally, three players in this year’s group made their NHL debuts last year: Elliot Desnoyers, Tyson Foerster, Adam Ginning. And Bobby Brink has NHL experience from the previous season. Those older and more experienced players who have actually played in the NHL practically serve as “veterans” in a summer Development Camp situation which will include eight recent draft picks who are only 17 or 18 years old and who are experiencing an NHL environment for the first time in their lives.
Some additional young prospects who could be part of the Phantoms in the future include J-R Avon, Ethan Samson
We can also expect to see many of these players at PPL Center in September. Those who are eligible to participate in the Philadelphia Flyers’ Rookie Camp will be on the roster for the Rookie Series games in Allentown between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers in a pair of rivalry clashes September 15-16.
The players have been divided into two teams for the camp – Team Clarke and Team Lindros – and will take the ice for instructional sessions on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday before concluding camp with a game on Thursday evening.
All on-ice sessions at the Flyers Training Center are free and open to the public. The players will be on the ice in shifts between 10:15 AM and 2:15 PM on Sunday and Monday, and between 9:15 AM and 1:15 PM on Wednesday.
Also on Wednesday, the camp participants will take part in a clinic with the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Camp at 3:30 PM at the Class of 1923 Arena on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.
Thursday’s scrimmage will be in the evening, beginning at 6:30 PM, and will be the final session of the camp. On Tuesday, the participants will devote the Fourth of July to off-ice activities.
With the draft and the opening day of free agency having passed, Development Camp serves as the final organizational activity of the summer months.
The NHL returns to PPL Center with the second annual Rookie Series in September. The Philadelphia Flyers take on the New York Rangers in a renewal of their great rivalry as the team’s top prospects square off for a pair of games in the Lehigh Valley.
Tickets for the Rookie Series are available at PPLCenter.com
Friday, September 15 (7:05 p.m.) – Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers
Saturday, September 16 (5:05 p.m.) – Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers