Sep 182010
Flyers captain Mike Richards

Flyers captain Mike Richards

September 18 Philadelphia Daily News:

Training camp is hope.

Before whacking a ribbon with a bunch of hockey sticks to officially open the Flyers’ 2010-11 training camp, those were the words echoed by Flyers president Peter Luukko.

For a retooled team that fell only two wins short of a Stanley Cup parade, training camp really is hope.

“It’s nice to get back in the swing of things,” captain Mike Richards said. “It’s little things like this [the ribbon cutting] that mean you’re ramping up toward the season. It’s nice to be back.”

For Richards, who spent most of the summer at his lakeside cottage in Kenora, Ontario, the summer seemed short.

“It was short,” Richards said. “But not a bad short. I tried to relax, with not a lot going on. I tried to get away and get some energy back and try and refocus. We’re looking forward to getting started and getting back into competitive hockey.

“You’re always mentally exhausted after a year. [But] I felt physically exhausted, too. I think with the heartbreak of ending when it did was a little bit tougher, but I didn’t want to dwell on it. I knew you couldn’t change anything. You can’t get those games back.”

Richards said he saw Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews – a Canadian Olympic teammate – at various points this summer and the two communicated regularly. Kenora, located in the upper reaches of Ontario, is less than 3 hours’ drive from Toews’ hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba.”

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