Yesterday, as is customary for all Flyers training camp events, the Flyers organization hosted the Trial on the Isle team building event. And new director of player development, Ian Laperriere was out there doing the team building activities with the trainees.
There was actually some tv coverage of this yesterday, where a reporter was interviewing Phantoms Assistant Coach Riley Cote, and then attempting to do some of the tasks with Cote. Like carrying the retired player on her back. This task was one performed by the training camp kids. To sprint across the beach with their teammate on their back. If you’ve ever ran on the beach, you’ll know that it’s a hard thing to do, now imagine having a athletic who works out just as much as they breathe on your back while you do it. This not only tested their ability to build themselves up as teammates, but it tested their strengths as well. Which is something we need to see come pre-season on the ice. Can they take big hits and deal them out themselves?
The other tasks consisted of all the players rushing into the ocean arm in arm, to symbolize strength in the group. Which is something that the Flyers like to emmulate. You know, you play for the crest on the front, not the name on the back. This task was intended to really show the importance of teamwork, and will be important for the players that make it on the official roster.
The other tasks gave us this message as well. Particularly when one player was blindfolded in a canoe and his teammate behind him was giving him directions as he rowed. This type of activity will be helpful on the ice, to give direction to one’s teammate when trying to get the puck into the net. It’s also a lesson in knowing where your teammate is and what moves they are going to make on instinct.
It’s going to be interesting who we see on the ice come pre-season. I think we can all agree that the Flyers need to be looking at some bigger defensemen. I’m going to be keeping my eye on any new incoming blueliners. The Flyers know how to score, they just need to learn how to block shots and prevent their opponents from doing the same. So let’s bring on these new kids, and see what they are made of. I’m counting down the days until the pre-season opener. Which is by the way September 2oth.
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