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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
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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 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

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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