LAKE PLACID - The Olympic Center was full of the sights and sounds of hockey - skates swishing and pucks slamming against the boards - as the Philadelphia Flyers opened a four-day training camp today at the Herb Brooks Arena at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.
Players and coaches hit the ice as the Flyers conducted a variety of drills in preparation for the upcoming 2013-14 season. The National Hockey League team will return to the ice Friday and Sunday.
Saturday has been reserved for "team-bonding activities," according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Players are all ears as Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, bottom left, goes over some practice drills Thursday at the Herb Brooks Arena at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.
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One of the new Flyers, Mark Streit, who came over in a trade with the New York Islanders, told the News that he has never been to Lake Placid, but knows it holds a special place in hockey history.
"It's a special place for U.S. hockey for sure," Streit said, adding that he felt the sense of history when he entered the building. He also said as the Flyers' plane was flying over the Adirondacks, he felt a great appreciation for the region.
"I am really big into nature, and the scenery was awesome," Streit told the News.
The leaves have already started to change colors in the Adirondacks, and Streit said he appreciated the scenic beauty of the region as the team made its way to Lake Placid.
When asked if the team has plans to hit some of the Olympic venues in the Lake Placid area, Streit said he wasn't sure what bonding activities were scheduled for the team.
"You'll have to ask coach," he said.
"I think it's a really good spot to slip out," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette told the Inquirer. "It's an opportunity to get away from families and out of your homes and get to a different place where you can spend some time, work on some things."
The first day of practice lasted over two hours, which at least one player took note of when he asked a team staff member what time it was. When the News asked how long the team normally practices, the player replied, "Not two hours."
The camp is not open to the public.