Welcome to the Official Site of the Philadelphia Flyers Join the Flyer Wire List Official Facebook of the Philadelphia Flyers Official Twitter of the Philadelphia Flyers Official Instagram of the Philadelphia Flyers Official LinkedIn of the Philadelphia Flyers
  • RSS

Summer stories: JVR gets stronger

Wednesday, 09.8.2010 / 9:17 AM ET / News
By Joe Siville  - philadelphiaflyers.com
Share with your Friends

Summer stories: JVR gets stronger
As our summer stories series continues, today we look at James van Riemsdyk who after a rookie campaign that saw him post 15 goals and 20 assists for 35 points, including six game-winning goals (which tied for the NHL rookie lead and Flyers lead), went into the off-season with one goal: get stronger.

“I lived in Connecticut and trained there,” said van Riemsdyk. “It was a good summer for me. I got a lot stronger and I feel a lot better on the ice. I’m excited to get the season going and hopefully make some big steps there.”

The place in Connecticut he is referring to is Prentiss Hockey Performance (PHP). PHP is a training haven for professional athletes located in Darien, Conn., and has trained some of the best hockey players in the NHL today, including Martin St. Louis, Mike Cammalleri, Mike Green and current teammate Chris Pronger.
van Riemsdyk poses with a Flyers fan outside of fellow New Jersey native Jim Dowd's charity hockey tournament in Brick, NJ. (click photo to open a full gallery)

“The trainer and Jimmy [McCrossin] were able to put something together for me. They both have done a great job helping me and making sure I’m at the top of my fitness levels.”
van Riemsdyk’s jump to the NHL included more than double the amount of games he had played the previous year.

In 2008-09, he appeared in 38 total games for the University of New Hampshire, including two games in the NCAA ice hockey tournament, plus another 11 games in the American Hockey League with the Philadelphia Phantoms for a total of 49 games.

Including the Flyers run to the Stanley Cup Final, JVR appeared in 99 games with the Flyers this past season, not including all seven preseason games. A total he hopes to reach again this season and be more of a force in.

“I wanted to be more powerful and explosive in my upper body and lower body. I wanted to be more dynamic so I can win more battles on the boards. Hopefully all the work pays off. I’m excited to see how I do. Now it’s up to me to go out on the ice and put it to good use.”

The training wasn’t all dry-land however. One thing that van Riemsdyk insisted on training was getting his share of ice time during the summer. 

“I tried to stay on the ice. I like to skate to keep my hands working so I would skate two days a week and then towards the end of the summer I would do some conditioning skates with the trainers.”

Training up in Connecticut wasn’t the only activity this summer. van Riemsdyk still keeps close ties to his native Middletown, N.J. and its surrounding ice hockey community.

He, along with some local USA Hockey coaches and programs, helped out by participating in a charity hockey tournament "Shoot for the Stars" with another famous New Jersey, and former Philadelphia Flyer, hockey star - Jim Dowd.

"Me and Jimmy went up there to help out. We passed the puck around, stuff like that. He's been doing that for a while and it's been good for hockey in New Jersey, so its fun to help out."

Less than two weeks away from camp, we will no longer see a rookie James van Riemsdyk, but a more powerful, faster forward ready for his sophomore season.

“I got away from hockey so I could decompress and it made me feel that much hungrier for the season to start. I’m excited to get back on the ice with the guys and be in the locker room. It was a short summer, but at the same time we’re excited to start playing again.”

Tomorrow philadelphiaflyers.com catches up with Claude Giroux.

The best way to watch Flyers Hockey…as close as possible! Great lower level locations are available now. As a Flyers Season Ticket Holder, you’ll receive great benefits including big discounts, flexible payment plans and playoff priority. Call 215-218-PUCK (7825) or visit philadelphiaflyers.com.




1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54


J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
Privacy Policy | AdChoices | California Privacy Rights | Contact Us | Advertise Employment | NHL.com Terms of Use

Philadelphiaflyers.com is the official Web site of the Philadelphia Flyers. Philadelphia Flyers and philadelphiaflyers.com are trademarks of Philadelphia Flyers, L.P. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Philadelphia Flyers, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.