This article appears courtesy of the Daily Times serving Delaware County, Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA - With so many new faces the Flyers are going to reach back and do something they haven't in several years - hold a special camping trip for players new and old.
The Flyers will be spending part of training camp up at Lake Placid, N.Y., in what used to be known as the Olympic Village. The club will train here for four days beginning Sept. 19.
"We're excited about having an NHL camp back in Lake Placid," Olympic Regional Development Authority spokesman Jon Lundin told the News. "Of course we've had a lot of NHL temas through the years use Lake Placid as a stopping point, a training camp or a bonding opportunity. So we're continuing to be recognized as one of the great hockey hosts, whether it's for elite international or national team or even the NHL."
Lundin also reflected back on the Boston Bruins making a stop in Lake Placid during their Stanley Cup run just a couple of years ago.
"It'll be good for them to get away," general manager Paul Holmgren said. "It gives them a little chance to bond."
The team has gone on several in-season "bonding" trips in recent years, but the last one during training camp was in 2007 in Banff, Alberta.
The club officially welcomed new free agents Vinny Lecavalier, Mark Streit and Ray Emery to town Tuesday, three newcomers (or in Emery's case, returning newcomer) who will play intrinsic roles in what team officials are hoping to be a reversal of fortune this season.
Steve Mason and Adam Hall are also on hand for full-time roles after joining late last season. Holmgren said a trip to Lake Placid - where the facilities are frequently used by NHL clubs looking for working vacations - will help everyone get on the same page.
"Teams go there all the time," he said.
Flyers Chief Operating Officer Peter Luukko pointed out that training camp was already was going to be run somewhat differently, since ongoing renovations of the locker room areas at the Skate Zone in Voorhees forced the club to train at Wells Fargo Center this year.
"This gives (coach) Peter (Laviolette) and his staff a chance to get away with these guys and get everybody ready for the season," Luukko said. "It'll be fantastic."
A short training camp, which begins early in the week of Sept. 8 for rookies and later that week for veterans, will run at Wells Fargo before the team opens its preseason Sunday, Sept. 15 with a game in London, Ontario, against the Maple Leafs.
The teams play again at Air Canada Centre the next night, while a split squad of Flyers play against a group from the Washington Capitals that Sept. 16 night at Wells Fargo Center.
One other preseason game follows, against the Rangers in South Philly Tuesday, Sept. 17.
The team will get the next day off, then hit the road for Lake Placid.
"We just added three very good, fantastic players," Luukko said. "This will give everybody a chance to get to know each other."
Lake Placid News Editor Richard Rosentreter contributed to this report.