The Philadelphia Flyers’ Training Camp Schedule
The offseason officially ends as the Flyers training camp starts today (9/21). With the drastic changes made within the organization over the summer, a new tone is underway for the orange and black.
The Flyers released their training camp schedule, which will take place from Thursday, September 21st through Thursday, October 5th. Throughout training camp, preseason games will take place. Click here to see the full schedule released by the Flyers.
Altogether, there are 57 participants in training camp this season. The roster includes 30 forwards, 21 defensemen, and Six goalies fighting to make the Flyers’ roster.
Importantly, this year, Philadelphia is tasked with putting all the words used this offseason into action with the product on the ice. With Danny Briere and Keith Jones’ vision as to what the Flyers should be, grit will be something they are looking for from their players this season.
“We want to be a team that appears like they want it more than the opposition.” Keith Jones stated this offseason. Having head coach John Tortorella will be another significant asset in acquiring this toughness from their players. Last season was Tortorella’s first with the Flyers, and his coaching style ruffled a few feathers in the locker room. Tortorella has a unique style but gets the job done. Most players who didn’t adapt are no longer with Philadelphia.
Unlike last season, there is a set expectation of excellence. Tortorella the Flyers’ message to Owen Tippett, “If you think you have a spot, don’t get too comfortable.” The statement sets the tone for training camp as comfortability became too familiar among the Flyers last season, which resulted in poor hockey.
Finally, a new season means new beginnings. Jones said that in the offseason, he doesn’t want to use the word “tank.” This Flyers season, the team may not be the best, but they will be relentless. Setting the tone from day one is sometimes essential. A straightforward message will result in a better product on the ice. Philadelphia fans deserve a good hockey team, which is a step in the right direction.