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My First NHL Camp: Jay O'Brien

Follow along as 2018 First Round pick takes you through Development Camp

by @NHLFlyers

Throughout the week, Flyers first round pick, Jay O'Brien, will be keeping a blog exclusively on He'll take you through everything that's happening on and off the ice as he experiences his first NHL camp.


Hi everybody, here's my first crack at this blog... hope you enjoy.

Picking up right after being drafted and later that night after the arena, I went out to dinner with my family, my agent, my college coach and really just celebrated. It was a quick turnaround and was pretty late when I got out of the rink, after 10 o'clock, so it was really just a quick meal before bed.

I had to hop back on a flight to Boston in the morning and when I arrived I had a bunch of friends waiting for me there. I hadn't seen my aunt and uncle yet, more friends as well as my hockey parents, who have been a part of me and my life along the way.

From there it was another quick turnaround, less than a day, because we had to be here at camp the next day. I hopped on a flight to Philly, which was better because it was just about an hour flight. A car came to pick me up and take me to the rink to drop my gear off since I had to bring it from Boston. 

When I got to the rink here, it was one of those moments where it hit me a little that this is real and I'm a part of an NHL organization.

Coming into the rink and into the locker room, seeing the Philly colors and Flyers logo and putting my stuff in my stall, that made me feel at home pretty quick. The Orange & Black everywhere in here is pretty cool to see.

I don't really know too many people here. I know Gavin Hain a little bit and [Jack] St. Ivany, I played at USA Hockey Development Camp with him, and of course Joel [Farabee]. Sadly, he's my roommate here at the hotel, just kidding!

It was really good to get here though because it's been a long year and everything has been moving fast in the last couple of days. Yesterday we had a meeting with everyone, including opening remarks from Ron Hextall. 

It's only been a day and a half but one of the things that has really stood out ever since we got here was that he [Hextall] and everyone are always preaching character and being a team player. They want you to be yourself and they're not evaluating us, this is really just for us to get to know each other. They're trying to get us to develop as people as much as players. 

That's all for today. Tomorrow is Trial on the Isle, so I get to see what that's all about. Thanks for following along...


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