Baseball season is winding down, and that can only mean that Football, Basketball, and Hockey seasons are on the horizon. However, until the word, “Camp”, or some variation of it is mentioned, it doesn’t really come to fruition that the season is so close. Case and point: the Flyers’ most recent announcement is code for: “The season is right around the corner.”
A week from today, the Flyers’ rookies and prospects will converge on the Flyers’ practice facility, the Virtua Health Flyers SkateZone, in Vorhees, NJ, to commence the 2009 Philadelphia Flyers Rookie Training Camp. Although this camp has generally served in the past as a basis for selection for a final spot on the Adirondack Phantoms roster or a trip back to Juniors, this year’s camp is going to have many more storylines. For example, the Flyers’ collection of youth is as good as any other team’s in the league, with players like James vanRiemsdyk, Kevin Marshall, Andreas Nodl, Marc-Andre Bourdon, and Oskars Bartulis all on the line-up card for this year’s shin-dig. However, aside from the names, perhaps the most intriguing thing about this year’s camp is the fact that there is a strong possibility one – or more – of these players could be wearing Orange and Black this season. I mentioned earlier that the core of youth on this team is deep, however, the depth chart on the Flyers roster currently has a few minor gaps within it. That being said, the Flyers brass – most notably GM Paul Holmgren – will be paying extremely close attention to this camp all of next week, as his final addition(s) to the Flyers looks to be more and more likely that it will be of the “in-house” variety.
As far as the camp itself, it will run as follows: the camp will run five days in total, with practices taking place September 8-10. The practices are split into two sections, with the first running from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, and the second going from 10:00 AM-1:00PM (you’re reading that right, the Flyers’ practice facility has two rinks). All practices will be open to the public, and the camp will be wrapped up for good Friday, September 11, with a scrimmage at the SkateZone against the Washington Capitals rookies and prospects.
Expect a full Rookie-Camp preview next week highlighting who to watch for, who could make an impact, and what players are the next Flyers out of the crop.
View the Flyers Official Press Release here.