The Philadelphia Flyers organization and their corporate owner, Comcast-Spectacor, are set to host the first annual Amateur Youth Combine. It will be the first combine of its kind on the East Coast and will take place after the NHL Draft Combine and the NHL draft. The Flyers organization will host the inaugural event from July 30 through to August 1. The event will be held at the Virtua Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J.
The purpose of the event is not necessarily for the Flyers to scout potential prospects since the players at the youth combine will be high-school aged or younger. The Combine will be split into two divisions, the Futures Division, which will consist of players ages 13-15, and the Junior Division, which will consist of ages 16-19. The real purpose will be to get these good youth players to learn from former NHL players and to get them exposure to the college scouts who will be in attendance.
The Flyers organization is home to the Ed Snider Youth Foundation, which emphasizes getting youths involved in the sport and has renovated many city arenas. The interest in holding a combine hosted by this organization is a testament to the foundation’s efforts to help hockey grow in Philadelphia.
Since the Flyers organization is hosting the event, Flyers alumni will also be running the weekend combine. Alums such as beloved defenseman Ian Laperriere and now NHL analyst Jeremy “J.R.” Roenick will be running the event. In order to participate in the combine, youth players must apply via the Flyers website and be an elite AA or AAA player.