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Rookie Camp Opens Monday

by Kevin Kurz / Philadelphia Flyers
Claude Giroux in his NHL debut on February 19, 2008 in Ottawa. (Getty Images)
(Voorhees, NJ) – The Philadelphia Flyers will begin a four-day rookie camp on Monday, September 15, when 30 prospects take to the ice at the Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone under the direction of Philadelphia Phantoms head coach John Paddock.

The practice sessions, which begin at 10:00 a.m. and run for approximately two hours from September 15-17, are free and open to the public. Camp will culminate with a game against the Washington Capitals rookies at the Caps’ practice facility in suburban Virginia on September 18 at 3:00 p.m.

Don Luce, the Flyers’ director of player development, was asked what his expectations are of the camp.

“I think it’s just to get the players to come in, play against each other, get to know each other, and start a little bit of team-building and to see how they play against each other and against NHL players.”
Luce said that rather than focus on any of the players in particular, he and the Flyers’ brain trust will be looking at the group as a whole to try and determine who stands out.

“I think everyone is under the same microscope,” said Luce. “We’re all going to be looking at all of them and looking for signs of progression. They have been working out since the summer camp, and hopefully they’ve gotten better.”
2008 Flyers Rookie Camp Roster

Goaltenders – Jacob DeSerres, Jeremy Duchesne, Michael Teslak.

Forwards – Josh Beaulieu, Rob Bellamy, Frederik Cabana, Matt Clackson, Steve Downie, Claude Giroux, Jon Kalinski, Garrett Klotz, David Laliberte, Ned Lukacevic,  Patrick Maroon, Jon Matsumoto, Andreas Nodl, Gino Pisellini, Darroll Powe, Nate Raduns, Zac Rinaldo.

Defensemen – Oskars Bartulis, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Jason DeSantis, Patrick Hersley, Kevin Marshall, Ryan Parent, Tim Ramholt, Mike Ratchuk, Luca Sbisa, Chris Zarb.

It will also be the first time that Paddock gets to see many of the players that will be on his roster for the coming season. Paddock replaced Craig Berube, now an assistant coach with the Flyers, as the head coach of the club’s American Hockey League affiliate for its last season at the Wachovia Spectrum.

“For me, personally, it’s good to familiarize myself with the players and the organization,” said Paddock. “For them, it should be to give them as much tools in a short period of time to show what they can do and encourage them to do what they do best.

“There are lots of people watching them, and then they’ll get a chance to participate in a game against the Washington Capitals’ rookies to show their wares there.”

The camp will lead into the beginning of the Flyers’ main training camp on September 20, of which a schedule and roster will be released at a later date.
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