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Into the Lyon's Den

Alex Lyon looks to roar out to a strong second-year start

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

One season removed from an outstanding three-year college hockey career at Yale University, Flyers goaltending prospect Alex Lyon navigated the adjustment period to pro hockey and enjoyed a solid 2016-17 campaign with the American Hockey League's Lehigh Valley Phantoms. 

"I don't think going from a 30-game season to a 70-game season, at least for me, was so much a physical challenge as an emotional one. Early on, I had to taper how much I put into each game. In a 30-game season, every game is like the Stanley Cup playoffs. It would have been exhausting to try to take that approach for a whole year, so you have to stay on an even keel. To me, that was the biggest adjustment," Lyon said.

The 24-year-old appeared in 47 games, posting a 27-14-5 record, .912 save percentage, 2.74 GAA and four shutouts. He also went 6-for-6 against shootout attackers.

Lyon played behind an attack-oriented Phantoms team that led the circuit in scoring during the regular season. He ranked among the AHL leaders in wins (T-4th), shutouts (T-7th) and shootout save percentage (T-1st). 

Teammate Anthony Stolarz was also perfect in shootouts, going 4-for-4.

During the portions of the season when Stolarz was on NHL recall to the Flyers, Lyon played on nearly an every-game basis. When both goalies were available, they shared time or head coach Scott Gordon rode the hotter hand.

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NHL Spot in His Sights

Stolarz using his experience gained last year to help make it back into Flyers net

by Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Entering his fourth pro season and coming off a campaign that saw him appear in his first seven games at the National Hockey League level with the Flyers, Anthony Stolarz is eager for next season to arrive. 

The personable and confident 23-year-old saw his 2016-17 season end prematurely right before the Calder Cup playoffs began for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

"It was extremely frustrating. I was just heading back down from Philadelphia. I played in a couple games there before I went down. It was kind of bittersweet for me because we clinched a playoff spot the same night I got hurt. I was happy for the guys on the team, but the injury ended my season. That was kind of a bummer. It will be exciting to get back out there on the ice and get things rolling again," said Stolarz, who is working out at the Skate Zone in Voorhees over the summer along with Phantoms teammate Alex Lyon.

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Flyers Wives Carnival set for Sunday, November 19, 2017

Tickets now officially on sale to annual fan-favorite event at the Wells Fargo Center

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

PURCHASE TICKETS

Philadelphia Flyers fans are officially welcomed to purchase their tickets to the highly-anticipated 2017 Flyers Wives Carnival. The Carnival, the team's 41st, will take place on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at the Wells Fargo Center at a new time, 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

One of the longest-tenured and successful charity events hosted by a professional sports franchise in the country, the annual family-friendly event allows fans unique interactions with Flyers players in a carnival-style setting while supporting numerous local beneficiaries. From candid photos with players, to taking a shot on goal on the Flyers ice, to the whimsical six-story-high Ferris Wheel on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center, the Carnival provides unparalleled opportunities for fans of all ages to interact with the Flyers.

New this year, all attendees will receive a free Carnival t-shirt, courtesy of Fastrack Construction, as well as a Dunkin' Donuts gift card. Fans can also look forward to new "mystery pucks" available for purchase - all pucks will come with a guaranteed autograph from a player, and some with on-the-spot VIP surprise experiences. Fans will also be able to enjoy new behind-the-scenes experiences in both the Flyers press box high above the main floor, as well as in the Flyers press conference area.

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Vorobyev making big jump across the pond

Flyers fourth round pick in 2015 brings his game to North America

by Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

One of a trio of Russian forwards who attended their first Flyers' Development Camp, 20-year-old center Mikhail Vorobyev is slated to play his first season of North American pro hockey in 2017-18. 

The Flyers drafted the sturdy Ufa, Russia native in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft. Following the expiration of Vorobyev's KHL contract with Salavat Yulaev Ufa, the Flyers inked him to an entry-level contract on April 27, 2017.

Unlike younger countryman German Rubtsov, whom the Flyers' chose in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft, Vorobyev's name is not well known among many fans of the team. 

Nevertheless, Vorobyev has progressed at a rapid pace over the last three seasons and the Flyers' organization believes he has the potential to eventually challenge for an NHL roster spot if he continues on the same path and navigates the adaptation to the small-rink game.

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The Curious Case of Noah Cates

Drafted out of high school, Cates has long-term goals in mind with Flyers

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Selected by the Flyers in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft, Stillwater, Minnesota high school standout left winger Noah Cates knows that he will not be playing in the National Hockey League in the next couple years. The 18-year-old's objectives are all focused on the long-term future.

Cates attended the now-completed 2017 Development Camp at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, along with a host of the organization's other prospects. Coming to his first camp at an NHL training facility to work with the Flyers' development coaches and interact with highly touted players such as Nolan Patrick, Oskar Lindblom, Mike Vecchione and German Rubtsov, Cates could not help but to initially be in awe.

"The first day, I just kind of looked around and took everything in. It was pretty awesome. But, at the same time, I knew [the Flyers] drafted me so I belonged here," Cates said.

During the 3-on-3 tournament that concluded the on-ice portion of Development Camp, Cates scored the empty-net winning goal in the Team Black vs. Team Gray game. Moments after Team Gray pulled goalie Matej Tomek for an extra attacker and David Kase knotted the score at 4-4, Cates quickly and alertly fired the puck into the still-vacant net at the other end. 

It counted, because play was continuous with no faceoffs or whistles.

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2017 Development Camp Best Photos

Check out the best photos from this year's Development Camp.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

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Flyers Sign Nolan Patrick to Entry Level Contract

Second Overall pick in 2017 NHL Draft inks deal

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed center Nolan Patrick to an entry-level contract, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Patrick was selected by the Flyers second overall in the first round of last month's 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Below are news & notes on Patrick:

NOLAN PATRICK
POSITION: Center
DRAFTED: 2017 (2nd Overall, First Round)
AGE: 18
BIRTHDATE: September 19, 1998
BIRTHPLACE: Winnipeg, Manitoba
VITALS: 6'2", 198 pounds
SHOOTS: Right

* In 2016-17 he was the captain of the Brandon Wheat Kings and averaged more than a point per-game with 20 goals and 26 assists for 46 points in just 33 games. He missed 39 games, including the WHL Playoffs, due to injury. 

* Patrick had abdominal surgery on June 13th and he will be able to resume full activity in 4-6 weeks from that date. He participated in the off-ice activities at Flyers Development Camp, but did not participate in the on-ice skating portion… He is expected to begin skating in the next week. 

* He also participated in the physical testing at the NHL Combine and said he will be 100 percent healthy to begin his 2017-18 season.

* As a 17-year-old in 2015-16, he finished fifth among all WHL players with 102 points (41g-61a) in 72 games… His 61 assists tied for third in the WHL… His 41 goals ranked second on the team and tied for eighth overall in the WHL… He finished third in the WHL with a +51 rating.

* At the end of that season, he was named MVP of the 2016 WHL Playoffs after helping Brandon win its first Championship in 20 years, recording 30 points (13g-17a) in 21 games.

* He was teammates with current Flyers defenseman, Ivan Provorov, for their championship run in 2016.

* As a 16-year-old, he won the WHL Rookie of the Year award in 2014-15 with 30 goals and 26 assists for 56 points in 55 games.

* His father, Steve Patrick, was selected 20th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1980 NHL Draft. While his Uncle, James Patrick, was selected 9th overall by the NY Rangers in 1981. 

Secure next season now! Flyers 2017-18 season ticket memberships are available by calling 215.218.PUCK or PhiladelphiaFlyers.com.

 

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Flyers sign goaltenders Lyon, Stolarz; forward Bardreau

Trio ink deals to stay with Flyers organization

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed goaltenders Alex Lyon and Anthony Stolarz each to a one-year, two-way contract. In addition, the club has signed forward Cole Bardreau to a two-year, two-way contract, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Below are news & notes on Lyon, Stolarz and Bardreau

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Flyers re-sign Taylor Leier

Forward inks one-year contract extension

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed forward Taylor Leier to a one-year contract extension, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Leier recently completed his third pro season with the organization, appearing in 10 games for the Flyers this season and playing a majority of the year for the club's AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Below are news & notes on Leier:

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