Flyers return to rink to prep for post-season tournament

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Several Philadelphia Flyers are back at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. NHL players will officially begin training camp on July 10, but some Flyers are already working out on their own

Sean Couturier said it will be quite an adjustment after a three-month layoff, but he’s happy to return to the ice with some of his teammates.

“There were a lot of unknowns, a lot of adaptation within the training and staying in shape and getting ready to resume, but everyone’s in the same situation,” he said. “The drills are a little tougher and it’s tough to go for long practices, but it is what it is.”

When the post-season resumes, the Flyers and the rest of the teams will be divided into two hub cities with a host of coronavirus-related restrictions.

Still, Ivan Provorov hopes there will be a chance for the players to enjoy their time away from home.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to get away from the hotel a little bit and maybe watch a movie or just hang out with the guys so we don’t feel trapped,” he said. “It’s definitely going to be different being away from family and friends for that long, but I think that the guys are used to being on the road. Let’s just say it will be one long road trip.”

 The rest of the team is scheduled to report to Voorhees for the start of training camp on July 10. The post-season tournament is expected to run through October.