Thursday marked 100 days since the Flyers last played a game.
The last time the team was together for a full practice was March 11, when the Flyers celebrated Travis Konecny's birthday at Skate Zone.
While the Flyers are not yet back to formal practices or game action, some players have started taking the ice again at the team's practice facility in Voorhees, New Jersey.
Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia on Thursday that there are about eight to nine players back at the facility and the team expects those numbers to grow next week and beyond. In Phase 2 of the NHL's return-to-play plan, these workouts are voluntary, can have no more than six players per session and started last week for the Flyers.
As players make their way back to Skate Zone, some Flyers are coming from other countries and greater distances. Many are able to work out and skate where they've resided during the suspension of the season, which started March 12 because of the coronavirus outbreak.
All players will have to return at some point before July 10, which is when mandatory training camp (Phase 3) is set to begin. It's uncertain when exactly the NHL plans to resume play (Phase 4) by kicking off its 24-team tournament as there are still a number of decisions to be made. The Flyers, however, are in good position within the field, currently as the Eastern Conference's fourth seed and with an opportunity to climb.
Sean Couturier, Ivan Provorov, Joel Farabee and Nicolas Aube-Kubel are the players that we know of who have been skating at the practice facility.
Here are some sights and sounds from the workouts with all pictures by Flyers senior director of public relations and communications Zack Hill:
Nicolas Aube-Kubel first skated at Skate Zone on Friday. This is his first full week.— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) June 18, 2020
"It was unreal, I miss the boys, I miss skating with them," he said to Flyers senior director of public relations and communications Zack Hill. "Hard practice, getting ready for camp."
Flyers skating today in Voorhees, NJ. Training camp starts three weeks from tomorrow pic.twitter.com/pjUTFXFGBl— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) June 18, 2020
"Let's just say it would be one long road trip that we're going to be a part of. ... Hockey and the boys, that's it."— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) June 17, 2020
- Ivan Provorov on eventually quarantining in hub city
(📷 by Flyers PR guru Zack Hill) pic.twitter.com/PqFBgE5Bdo
"I guess it feels a little bit more real that hockey's almost back."— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) June 17, 2020
- Ivan Provorov in interview with Flyers senior director of public relations and communications Zack Hill
In interview with Flyers senior director of public relations and communications Zack Hill, Sean Couturier said he has skated six or seven times at Flyers Skate Zone, dating back to last week.— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) June 16, 2020
"For us, the round robin is a great thing. We're seeded fourth and can only move up."— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) June 16, 2020
- Sean Couturier
This is Joel Farabee today with a small group of Flyers skating at Skatezone— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) June 15, 2020
He hopes Flyers can keep the winning going when they return
“I think the biggest thing is trying to get that chemistry back and get the flow going again”#Flyers pic.twitter.com/rmxeRJ3wyH
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