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Weal focused on fresh start at training camp

Acquired midseason and playing only a handful of games, Weal ready for competition at camp

by Brian Smith | PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / NHL.com

Jordan Weal arrived in Philadelphia last January from the Los Angeles Kings with nowhere near the fuss created by the departure of the players he was traded for, Luke Schenn and Vincent Lecavalier.

There had been extensive speculation regarding what the Flyers would do about a bit of a logjam on defense and the overall situation of Lecavalier. Flyers fans only saw Weal in four games over the second half of the season, so he remained relatively unknown heading into the offseason.
 
But Weal certainly isn't an unknown to Flyers GM Ron Hextall. Hextall was part of the Los Angeles front office that drafted Weal in 2010, and Weal played for two of the Manchester Monarchs AHL teams that Hextall oversaw as an assistant GM for the Kings. After Hextall's return to Philadelphia, Weal played two more seasons for the Monarchs, leading them to the 2015 Calder Cup championship while earning playoff MVP honors with 10 goals and 12 assists in 20 games.

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Brennan's hometown call

South Jersey native finally a part of the organization he grew up cheering for

by Brian Smith | PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / NHL.com

T.J. Brennan's name is already on a banner in the rafters of a rink with a Flyers logo underneath it. However, that's not in Philadelphia - it's in Aston, at IceWorks, where Brennan once played for the Philadelphia Little Flyers. The organization has a handful of the banners honoring alumni who went on to play in college and beyond.
 
That was 11 years ago. It's funny how life works sometimes, because on Friday, Brennan had the logo on again - only this time it was for real.

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Comcast Corporation to Acquire Ed Snider's Stake

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / NHL.com

Comcast Corporation announced on Sept. 22 it has reached an agreement to purchase Ed Snider's 24 percent stake in Comcast Spectacor. Upon closing, which is expected to occur next month, Comcast will own 100 percent of the company, including the Wells Fargo Center, Spectra businesses, and the National Hockey League's Philadelphia Flyers. As it pertains to the Flyers transaction, the NHL's board of governors approved the deal unanimously on Sept. 23. Mr. Snider, who was the founder of the Philadelphia Flyers and Chairman of Comcast Spectacor, passed away after a long battle with cancer in April 2016.

"Ed was a visionary in the sports and entertainment industry and is deeply missed," said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation. "He planned for this transition and, thanks to his thoughtful approach on succession, Comcast Spectacor is in a strong position. I'm very excited we are able to carry his spirit with us by bringing the company, its leadership, and its thousands of employees fully into the Comcast family."

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5 Storylines to watch as main camp opens

Players ready to battle for jobs, positions and get underway for the 2016-17 season

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / NHL.com

Main training camp is open and in three short days the Flyers slate of preseason games will get underway. Before that, a lot can certainly happen in three days and with over 60 players taking part in camp there certainly are many storylines to follow.

PhiladelphiaFlyers.com takes a look at five key areas of training camp you'll want to keep an eye on if you're making your way out to the Skate Zone in Voorhees. The first being perhaps the most obvious:

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Ghost to Giroux wins 2015-16 Highlight of the Year

Overtime thriller edges out Cousins first NHL goal to take the title

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / NHL.com

The final votes have been counted and, in one of the closest votes in the tournament, the 'Ghost to Giroux' overtime winner has been crowned the champion of the 2015-16 Highlight of the Year Tournament.

Separated by less than 30 votes, the Ghost to Giroux overtime thriller edged out a great play by Nick Cousins to score his first NHL goal.

Cousins highlight won the Wild Card vote over three other highlights and earned a quarterfinal victory over Michael Neuvirth's diving save, and semifinal win over Jakub Voracek's one-man effort in overtime against the Capitals before eventually falling in the final round.

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Getting a head start on the competition

Flyers rookies take part in their first practice, prepare for game vs. Islanders

by Brian Smith | PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / NHL.com

The "official" start of the 2016-17 Flyers season is still a few days away, but Tuesday saw Flyers practice jerseys on the ice at Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees for the first organizational practice of the new year when the 21 players taking part in the team's Rookie Camp skated for a couple hours following a day of off-ice testing.
 
"It's a great opportunity to get in two or three days of work here before main camp," said Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol, who ran Tuesday's practice. "I think it's a huge benefit for the young guys to be able to have a day or two of practice and more so have an opportunity to play an exhibition game tomorrow, and then step into main camp."
 
Hakstol will run Tuesday's morning skate but will step aside to let Phantoms assistant coaches Riley Cote and Kerry Huffman run the bench for Tuesday night's rookie game against the New York Islanders at the Islanders' practice facility in East Meadow, NY.

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Highlight of the Year: Semifinal #2

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

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Single-Game Tickets To Go On Sale Wednesday, 9/14

Tickets will be available by calling 215-218-PUCK or visiting PhiladelphiaFlyers.com

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / NHL.com

Hockey is coming! Individual game tickets for all Philadelphia Flyers 50th anniversary regular season home games will go on sale this Wednesday, September 14 at 11 a.m. online at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com or by phone at 215-218-PUCK.
 
Games available now for purchase include the team's five special heritage nights, in honor of their golden anniversary season. These celebratory nights - all on Thursdays - will feature special guests and alumni, pre-game ceremonies, and more, beginning with Flyers Hall of Fame Night, presented by AAA, on October 27 vs. the Arizona Coyotes, and spanning for the duration of the season with Tough Guys Night on November 17 vs. the Winnipeg Jets, Goalies Night on December 8 vs. the Edmonton Oilers, Playoff Heroes Night on January 12 vs. the Vancouver Canucks, and Captains Night on February 2 vs. the Montreal Canadiens.

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Flyers Open Rookie Camp Monday, Sept. 19

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers will hold a three-day Rookie Camp beginning Monday, September 19 at the Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

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Highlight of the Year Bracket

Check out the full bracket for the 2015-2016 Season Highlight of the Year Tournament

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

Take a look back at some of the best highlights of 2015-16 season and decide which play will be crowned the Highlight of the Year!

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