STONE HARBOR, N.J. -- Building sandcastles, flying kites and making rafts usually aren't activities associated with hockey players.
But for Philadelphia Flyers prospects attending development camp this week, that's what they were required to do Wednesday during the annual "Trial on the Isle" in this New Jersey beach community.
Their day started with an arm-in-arm walk into the ocean followed by teams of three competing in a race on the beach that featured a few interesting elements. After a Flyers trivia contest and a 16-block run, there were games of horseshoes and paddleball, a kite-building exercise and some physical activity in the sand. After running back to where they started, the prospects had to build a sand sculpture of the Flyers logo.
It was the first time in many years that Scott Laughton, the 20th pick at the 2012 NHL Draft, played in the sand at the beach.
"Maybe I was 4 or 5," he said. "I was usually the guy getting buried in the sand. My brother would always bury me in the sand, and I'd be stuck. Never really built anything like this, so this is cool."