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A FAMILY GATHERING

Flyers and their family members gather before the start of a long season

Wednesday, 10.6.2010 / 5:13 PM ET / News
By Joe Siville  - philadelphiaflyers.com
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A FAMILY GATHERING
Typically team bonding exercises or trips take place a month or two into the season and usually during a road trip, which involves some sort of team building experience.

Now I’m sure in the near future or perhaps when the team heads out on the west coast during the holiday season, the Flyers will no doubt take part in exercises such as that, but just recently, Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette wanted to get his team together before they begin this long journey that is the 2010-11 season.

The team, along with Hockey Operations staff members and their loved ones took part in a special dinner at Raw, a sushi restaurant located in downtown Philadelphia.
Flyers take part in a sushi dinner prior to the opening of the 2010-11 season. (click on image for a photo gallery)

“It’s good to see all the new players, the wives and getting to meet them, make them feel comfortable and get everyone together again,” said Flyers captain Mike Richards. “It was a good chance to get away from hockey, it seems like that’s all we’ve been doing the last week or two. You can learn different things about them other than what they do on the ice.”
 
In addition to dining, a special video segment was shown to all players to emphasize the value of friendship, being teammates and working together for one common goal.

“You know to have all the guys there, it was the end of training camp and the start of the season and to get everybody together it was a great thing,” said goaltender Brian Boucher. “To have that video as a little motivation to get going and kick off the season is a great thing. I think guys are excited for the season and ready to build off of last year.”

One of the other added benefits of nights such as these is that with all of the new faces and rookies coming in, it’s certainly a night to increase your comfort level with teammates who have been with the team for a while.

 “It’s great because you get to meet and talk to guys away from the rink and get to hang out with them and see what they’re like outside,” said sophomore forward James van Riemsdyk. “When you get to know guys like that a little better, it’s that much easier to play for a guy that’s sitting next to you and do that extra stuff for them.”

16-year veteran Sean O’Donnell has been a part of many bonding experiences throughout his career, but sees this one in a little bit of a different light.

“This reminds everyone that we’re all in this together,” said O’Donnell. “You’re a team and it just kind of reminds everybody of our common goal. We have a chance to do something real special here. Not a lot of teams can really say that, that we really legitimately have a chance to do something special.  [It helps] you start the season moving in the right direction.”

That direction, the Flyers hope, takes them once again through the Eastern Conference and a second straight trip to the Stanley Cup Final in June.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 52 16 29 -8 45
J. Voracek 52 8 34 -3 42
W. Simmonds 52 19 16 -7 35
B. Schenn 50 14 15 -2 29
S. Gostisbehere 34 9 19 3 28
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 51 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 52 4 10 -7 14
M. Del Zotto 50 4 9 -10 13
M. Raffl 52 6 6 2 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 14 7 .915 2.70
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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