Tyrell Goulbourne: My 1st NHL Camp

Flyers 3rd Round pick in 2013 NHL Draft chronicles his time at Development Camp

Wednesday, 07.10.2013 / 4:12 PM Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers third round pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft, forward Tyrell Goulbourne, enters his first NHL camp this summer. At the end of each day, philadelphiaflyers.com will catch up with Goulbourne to hear about his experience on and off the ice… DAY 1: GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Hi Flyers fans, well this past week has been a little crazy with everything that has gone on in my life.

I was drafted into the NHL and that was a dream come true. I actually wasn't at the draft though. I was sitting at home watching it on TV with my dad.

I never expected to get picked as high as I did. I had hopes that I was going to go in the fifth or sixth round. I didn't even see or hear my name being called because the show was on commercial break and all of a sudden someone texted me and was freaking out, and I was like 'what's going on?'

Then my agent called to tell me and I was excited. To be drafted by the Flyers, you know it's such a good organization and they're a team I've really liked my whole life. I didn't even talk with them beforehand either so it was a surprise.

The trip into the area was good. It was a long trip. I flew in from Edmonton with a stop in Minneapolis yesterday. They had a car waiting for me at the airport, so the trip into Voorhees was easy.

Taylor Leier (2012 Flyers Draft Pick) is one of my good buddies. I've known him for over a year now so it was nice to know someone here, being my first camp. We didn't really do much last night except grab dinner at a Brazilian Steakhouse close by.

We met everyone down in the lobby this morning, including Ian Laperriere who walked with us over to the rink.

From there we went through medical physicals, weigh-ins and a team meeting. The meeting was pretty cool - everybody had to stand up and say their name so that was a good way to put a face to the names we're going to be seeing all week.

It's been about two months since I've last been on the ice, so when we skated today around 6 p.m. it was a little rough, but for me it's like riding a bike. It only took about 10-15 minutes to get back into the swing of things.

Well, gotta run and grab something to eat with the team now, it's been a long day here on Day 1, but I hope you guys stay with me for the rest of the week. It should be an exciting camp!


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