In style on Sunday (see below), the Flyers departed for the Eastern Conference's hub city Toronto as the club gets set to begin its run at the 2020 Stanley Cup.
For the first time in 140 days, the Flyers will be back in game action this week leading up to the NHL's return-to-play 24-team tournament. The Flyers face the Penguins Tuesday in an exhibition game (4 p.m. ET/NBCSP+) before opening round-robin play next Sunday against the Bruins (3 p.m. ET/NBC10) (see Flyers' schedule).
The Flyers will have the max of 31 players in Toronto. Remarkably and inspirationally, Oskar Lindblom is one of the club's 17 forwards just about seven and a half months after he was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma (more on Lindblom's status here).
A few other notables with the Flyers' roster:
• Exciting prospect Egor Zamula is one of the Flyers' 10 defensemen. The 20-year-old has turned himself into what many consider a top-50 NHL prospect (see story).
The Flyers' front office and coaching staff think highly of Zamula and his potential.
"Certainly his talent would allow him to play in my opinion," Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said at the start of training camp on July 13. "He’s a very talented young man. Having said that, we are certainly cognizant of the fact that he is coming off of a tough surgery and he’s 20 years old. I think we felt that it would be good for him long term to come back and to participate and skate with our group. Over the next two weeks, the coaches will have to make that decision whether he would be a factor for Phase 4. Make no mistake about it, this kid is a top prospect and is going to have a very good career for us."
• German Rubtsov, Carsen Twarynski, Tyler Wotherspoon and Nate Prosser were in training camp but did not make the 31-man roster.
Andy Andreoff, No. 10
Nicolas Aube-Kubel, No. 62
Connor Bunnaman, No. 82
Sean Couturier, No. 14
Joel Farabee, No. 49
Morgan Frost, No. 48
Claude Giroux, No. 28
Derek Grant, No. 38
Kevin Hayes, No. 13
Travis Konecny, No. 11
Scott Laughton, No. 21
Oskar Lindblom, No. 23
Tyler Pitlick, No. 18
Michael Raffl, No. 12
Nate Thompson, No. 44
James van Riemsdyk, No. 25
Jakub Voracek, No. 93
Justin Braun, No. 61
Mark Friedman, No. 59
Shayne Gostisbehere, No. 53
Robert Hagg, No. 8
Philippe Myers, No. 5
Matt Niskanen, No. 15
Ivan Provorov, No. 9
Travis Sanheim, No. 6
Andy Welinski, No. 3
Egor Zamula, No. 54
Brian Elliott, No. 37
Carter Hart, No. 79
Alex Lyon, No. 34
Kirill Ustimenko, No. 67
Some Flyers players had the attention of fans as they boarded for Toronto. Many of them wore shirts designed by Violent Gentlemen Hockey Club.
These bad boys are locker room exclusives for the @NHLFlyers players. Thanks to @NateThompson44 for getting this all dialed so we could do something special for the club. It means a lot. pic.twitter.com/gfiGf3HG3G— Violent Gentlemen (@ViolentGents) July 26, 2020
All pictures by Flyers senior director of communications Zack Hill:
Alain Vigneault ready to roll.— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) July 26, 2020
(📹 by Flyers PR guru Zack Hill) pic.twitter.com/ivk0XtUL04
“We know what we’re capable of.”— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) July 26, 2020
- Claude Giroux on Wednesday
(📹 by Flyers PR guru Zack Hill) pic.twitter.com/4t9JXBuV6j
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