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Flyers Coaches Help with Instruction of Local Youth Hockey
Flyers Head Coach Ken Hitchcock and Assistant Coach Terry Murray
To Teach a Series of Clinics at Sovereign Bank Flyers Skate Zone at Voorhees

Friday, October 15, 2004

By Joe Klueg
Philadelphia Flyers Correspondent

Hitchcock and Phantoms Head Coach John Stevens Headline Coaching Symposium on October 26

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that members of the Flyers' coaching staff will assist in the instruction of local youth hockey players and their coaches through a series of events in October and November.

Flyers Head Coach Ken Hitchcock will be teaching a series of ice hockey clinics at the Sovereign Bank Flyers Skate Zone at Voorhees this October and November. Along with Assistant Coach Terry Murray, the two Flyers coaches will work with local hockey players and coaches in the following four educational clinics:

"I'm really looking forward to be able to continue teaching the game of hockey," said Hitchcock. "The 'Beginner Hockey' will be a great opportunity for fathers and sons to come out learn the game together. It will be a lot of fun for the kids and the parents. You can't get a more worthwhile experience than being able to participate in a sporting activity with your child."

"Beginner Hockey With Hitch"
Sundays: 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14 & 11/21
Ages 9 & younger 11:00 to 11:55 a.m.
Ages 10 & older 12:05 to 1:00 p.m.

"Beginner Hockey With Hitch" is for children with little or no hockey experience, although some ice skating ability is required. It is also a great chance for Dads to join their children and learn the basics of ice hockey while having fun together! The cost for the five-week clinic is $75.

"Beginner Adult Development (BAD) Hockey"
Sundays: 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14 & 11/21
8:30 to 9:45 a.m. (except 10/31 - 9:15 to 10:30 a.m.)

Adults, ages 25 and older, with little or no ice hockey experience will receive instruction and some scrimmage time to try out their new skills in "Beginner Adult Development Hockey." Get all five classes of "BAD Hockey" for $100!

"Hitch's Scholastic Hockey Development Camp"
Thursdays: 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18 & 12/2
4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

Current middle school and high school hockey players will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve their game and get a better understanding of the game of ice hockey through instruction from Flyers coaches. The five-week camp costs $100.

"Coach's Corner"
Mondays: 11/1, 11/8, 11/15 & 11/22
7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Hitchcock and Murray will present topics to youth hockey coaches in a classroom setting. Topics will cover many of the various aspects of coaching team sports. Each session costs $25. Coaches can register for individual sessions or for all sessions at once for $90. Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

For more information on these clinics, please visit the Flyers Skate Zone web site (, call a Flyers Skate Zone representative at (856) 309-4400 or stop by the Sovereign Bank Flyers Skate Zone at Voorhees at 601 Laurel Oak Road in Voorhees, New Jersey.

Flyers/Phantoms Coaching Symposium on October 26

In addition to on-ice instruction to help improve the skills of local youth hockey players, the Philadelphia Flyers and Phantoms will be holding their seventh annual Flyers/Phantoms Coaching Symposium on Tuesday, October 26, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Sovereign Bank Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, New Jersey. The symposium is sponsored by Verizon Wireless.

The symposium is designed to be one of interest to all coaches who want in-depth information on advanced coaching techniques and skills as presented by some of the top minds in the sport of hockey.

Featured speakers include Hitchcock, Phantoms Head Coach John Stevens, Phantoms Assistant Coaches Kjell Samuelsson and Craig Berube and Flyers Athletic Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Coach Jim McCrossin.

Attendance is limited to the first 300 responses. Those coaches interested in attending can RSVP by calling the Flyers Fan Development Department at 215-952-5999. There is no admission fee to the symposium. However, USA Hockey will consider this symposium as a "workshop" where a coach has the option to extend his/her accreditation for the current season. The cost to USA Hockey is $25, payable at the door.

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