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Training Camp Day 1 : Sights and Sounds

News and notes from the first day of training camp.

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

News and notes from the first day of training camp. Check out photos and quotes from players and prospects alike.

 

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: The team is back on the ice �� pic.twitter.com/f6EKMznY1s 

"I've played with Schenner my whole career, it's nice having him beside me, we have [Jordan Weal] in the middle there, Wealsy is a great player, he's got great hands and great eyes. We're confident out there and we're comfortable."

- Wayne Simmonds

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: .@Bschenn_10 is ready to get back to business. pic.twitter.com/5eTcXoM7JC

With seven players missing from the roster due to World Cup participation, Wayne Simmonds took his usual spot on the right side with Brayden Schenn on the left picking up where they left off towards the end of last season. In the middle however, was Jordan Weal who took line rushes in the first session of camp with Group 1.

Of the seven players at the World Cup, three of them are at the center position (Giroux, Couturier & Bellemare). Boyd Gordon, the veteran signed from the Arizona Coyotes in the off-season, also lined up at center during the first session 

Although informal skates had been going on for quite a while, today's opening practice of training camp marked the first official time defenseman T.J. Brennan got to suit up for his hometown team. He was paired with first year pro, Reece Willcox.

Brennan hails from Willingboro, NJ and grew up a Flyers fan while playing his high school hockey in nearby Moorestown. (full story coming later) He signed a multi-year deal with the Flyers on July 5.

Group two saw another big free agent signing take to the ice for the first time - forward Dale Weise, who signed a multi-year deal with the club on the first day of Free Agency.

Weise noted that this year's camp was certainly different than past years and it took a little getting used to playing with an entire new squad, but it was who he was skating with that reporters took note of. 

He took line rushes with Scott Laughton on the left wing and Nick Cousins in the center.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: Welcome to Philly, @daleweise22 �� pic.twitter.com/6DjztsdRVI

"It's good to just get out there and build some chemistry with your linemates and get prepared for the season. Every rtime you go to a new team there's new systems. Playing with new guys, it takes a little while to build chemistry." -Dale Weise

Michael Del Zotto also got into his first competitive practice in nearly seven months. Del Zotto was partnered with 2014 1st round draft pick Travis Sanheim.

"It felt good to be out there in full practice. Being around the guys, competeing with them, having fun out there and joking around. Being away for so long it's really exciting to get back." - Michael Del Zotto

Other veterans filling out lines through Day 1 were Matt Read and Michael Raffl paired on each wing with Andy Miele taking shifts at center. Miele comes to the Flyers after posting 62 points (18g-44a) in 75 games with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.

Speaking of lines and combinations, Hakstol added that they will evaluate things after the first couple of days before making any firm decisions on a preseason roster.

Added Hakstol: "I think through the first couple of days, we'll make a couple of changes, but the first two days here I would expect things to stay reasonably close to what you saw [on Day 1]."

The Flyers first preseason test will involve a good amount of players being divided as a they face the NY Islanders and New Jersey Devils as a split squad on Monday, both on the road. 

"There was quite a good pace for day one. You come into the early parts of some of these first day practices and execution is a little bit scrambling, I thought that was the case a little bit in both practices today but I thought it settled in. I liked the pace, liked the competitiveness. I thought our vets did a good job settling guys in and leading and the young guys were out there playing and brought energy"

- Dave Hakstol

The second day of Training Camp will see Groups 1 and 2 change time slots. Players practicing with Group 2 will now go on at 9:45 am, while Group 1 will take the ice at 1:15 p.m. 

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