Philly Flyers to take the ice in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID – The Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League will hold a special training camp here in September.

The Flyers will train in Lake Placid for four days, starting Sept. 19, the Daily Times of Delaware County, Pa., reported Wednesday.

The news was confirmed by the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority, which manages the Olympic Center rinks.

“We’re excited about having an NHL camp back in Lake Placid,” ORDA spokesman Jon Lundin told the Lake Placid News Wednesday. “Of course we’ve had a lot of NHL teams 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 teams, or even the NHL.”

Lundin also reflected back on the Boston Bruins making a stop in Lake Placid during their Stanley Cup run two years ago.

Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren told the Daily Times that NHL clubs often use Lake Placid for working vacations.

“Teams go there all the time,” he said.

One reason for the camp is to help the team bond with new players like free agents Vinny Lecavalier, Mark Streit and Ray Emery. The team has gone on several in-season bonding trips in recent years, the Daily Times reported, but the last one during training camp was in 2007 in Banff, Alberta.

The Lake Placid getaway will follow a short training camp at the Flyers’ Wells Fargo Center and the team’s preseason opening games against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals and New York Rangers Sept. 15 to 17. The team will get the next day off, then hit the road for Lake Placid.