Flyers coach John Tortorella pushes full throttle on Day 1, loves him some ‘ugly as hell’

VOORHEES, N.J. — Mason Millman grabbed a water bottle and wiped clean up some of what he could not stay down in the back of the bench.

The 21-year-old defensive prospect had the unenviable job of being a number of the first crew to buckle down and do John Tortorella’s infamous Day 1 of skate till you almost cave in.

That’s skating and skating and skating. Lap after lap after lap. Down and again after down and again.

At 8:30 a.m.

Millman, some distance from the one participant to be hunched over later on, noticed the massive boss give him a supportive faucet on the shoulder.

As if to mention: Way to head, child. You completed. That’s what it is all about.

Tortorella used to be as marketed Thursday as the Flyers kicked off 2022 coaching camp in grueling taste.

No pucks. All skating.

Each of the 4 teams to take one of the most two ice sheets at Flyers Training Center skated for 27 or so mins.

The periods incorporated about 17 mins of laps that will extend in distance as the assistant coaches moved the nets from the highest of the circles to the purpose crease. Following the laps have been down and backs, skating from purpose line to purpose line for 10 mins.

“For me, it’s not physical. For them it is. You watch them and it has to be,” Tortorella mentioned. “I am getting that and I respect that. But for me, I’m staring at the psychological a part of it. … Especially with a brand new crew, there are going to be psychological and bodily checks when they do not even are aware of it’s taking place. I used to be in reality satisfied about how the blokes treated themselves these days.


“There’s going to be harder skates than today as we go through camp. It’s not to pound our chest and just bury them. We want to test them and it develops a camaraderie. They kind of look at you like, ‘You’re not going to get to me.’ I think that’s the attitude we’re trying to develop is a will.”

With a Stanley Cup ring and two Jack Adams Awards on his résumé, the 64-year-old Tortorella used to be employed in June as the Flyers’ new head coach. He used to be introduced on board to, largely, exchange the tradition of the membership, which went 25-46-11 ultimate season.

“Last year, we dealt with a lot of adversity, on and off the ice,” Flyers basic supervisor Chuck Fletcher mentioned. “Clearly we didn’t meet the demanding situations that we confronted, there’s no ducking that. It used to be an especially disappointing season, one we lived with all summer season and definitely person who drove us to make the adjustments that we did, each on and rancid the ice.

“But this year, it’s a clean slate for everybody — John has made that very clear to the players. We know there’s a lot of skeptics, a lot of people that don’t believe we’re a good hockey team. I know our players are eager to prove them wrong — we all are.”

Nicolas Deslauriers is without doubt one of the Flyers’ beginners. The rugged winger signed a four-year deal in July. As Tortorella watched Deslauriers begin to exertions via his laps, he went over to assistant coach Brad Shaw a tad involved.

“We were probably two repetitions into the skate and I went down to Shawsy and I said, ‘S—, Shawsy, I’m not sure what’s going to happen here with Nic,'” Tortorella mentioned. “I was serious. And I watched that guy and he was ugly as hell, but he got through it. He never stopped. He finished to where he was supposed to finish.”

Tortorella used to be passionate as he mentioned it. He felt one thing used to be achieved during the ugliness.

“I went to Nic after, I said, ‘I hope some others guys saw that.’ I said, ‘I don’t care what it looks like as long as the finish was there,'” Tortorella mentioned. “He came into the office after the skate and we talked a little bit about it. Those are important little things.”

Tony DeAngelo, some other offseason addition, had amusing when he sat down within the press convention room upstairs at Flyers Training Center.

“I was trying to find an elevator to get up here,” he mentioned.

The legs have been inquiring for a smash.

Had he ever long gone via a primary day by which there used to be little need of pucks?

“No,” he mentioned with amusing. “But it is all proper, converting issues up, so it is just right.

“It’s a mixture of all of it. Getting in shape, getting ready for the start of the season, but also mentally, I’m sure it goes through everybody’s head there, you can’t wait for it to be done. But how hard could you push the final two laps, three laps, four laps? Then after that, you’ve got the six up and downs, too. It’s a tough day. He knows what he’s doing.”


Wade Allison is wholesome and taking a look to win over a brand new training personnel. He’s pushing for a roster spot and appreciated being driven by way of Tortorella on Thursday.

“Today wasn’t to kill us, today was to let us know that it’s about will,” he mentioned. “And the next day’s going to be the similar factor.

“Find it deep within yourself and keep pushing, push yourself to be the best you can possibly be. He’s trying to get that from the top players all the way down.”

The Flyers have 60-plus wholesome gamers in camp. Tortorella used to be “thrilled that everybody came in early” forward of camp.

“They’ve been here since Sept. 1, most of the veterans, some of the kids came in a little bit later,” he mentioned. “I think they got some good work done together that way and some camaraderie comes into it, also.”

The Flyers have been hit exhausting by way of accidents ultimate season. They’re coping with them now, too.

It most effective heightens Tortorella’s problem right here in Philadelphia.

“When I drove over the bridge and I saw the city of Philly, I love coming to this building because sometimes how great it was, it helps the home team but sometimes it helps the away team even more. You come into a building that’s alive,” Tortorella mentioned. “That’s my hope is if we commence doing the issues we are intended to do, act the best way we are intended to and simply put the time in as some distance as effort, it might get folks again in right here so we will be able to get that form of environment.

“A before B. I know we want to look at our record and wins and losses and playoffs and crap like that, but I just want us to get on the right track as far as how we are as pros. Hopefully bring it into as a group and how we are as a team.”

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