John Tortorella runs Flyers players through gauntlet in training camp

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The Philadelphia Flyers are trying out some of the intense training camp skating that head coach John Tortorella is known for.  (Photo via Travie Ballin/YouTube)
The Philadelphia Flyers are trying out some of the intense training camp skating that head coach John Tortorella is known for. (Photo via Travie Ballin/YouTube)

On the first day of the Philadelphia Flyers’ training camp on Thursday, new head coach John Tortorella took his players to the ice in Voorhees, New Jersey. He returned to it again on Friday, still being ruthless with his new players and skating them endlessly without seeing the puck.

Photos and footage of on-ice action were trending all day Friday as some players appeared to be barely able to get to their feet from sheer exhaustion. After a couple of bouts, each of the groups spent approximately 30 minutes of skating exercises, followed by several more laps for preparation.

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Looks like Tortorella is determined to get everything out of his people.

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Early in the post-workout press conference, newfound quarterback Tony DeAngelo joked that he was so tired from practice that “tried to find an elevator” to get into the media room on the second floor for his interview.

Tortorella, 64, was hired in June as the Flyers’ new head coach. He was brought on board to change the culture of a team that went 25-46-11 last season and finished last at the Met.

“For me, it’s not physical. For them it is. You look at them and it must be” Tortorella said. “I understand this and appreciate it. But I look after the mental part of it… Especially with a new team, there will be mental and physical challenges where they don’t even know it’s happening.” … I was very pleased with how the guys did today.”

Tortorella is sending a clear message that this is going to be a tough camp because the 2022-23 season is going to be a tough year. The new bench boss is setting high standards on and off the ice to create a culture of responsibility among players after a disappointing performance in Philadelphia over the past few seasons.

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