In 2022, the annual Flyers Alumni Fantasy Camp will enter its eighth year as one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the Alumni calendar. Each year, 60 participants from all over North America and possessing widely divergent levels of hockey skills and playing experience – ranging from novice players to rec league weekend warriors and some attendees who’ve played extensively – bond together on and off the ice while mingling with the Flyers Alumni camp instructors.
The first five Alumni Fantasy Camp installments were held in Atlantic City, NJ. In 2020, the venue switched to the Class of 1923 Arena on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Registration includes hotel accommodations, a pre-Camp welcome reception, a second-night get-together, and a Farewell dinner the evening before the final games are played.
Attendees are divided into four teams of 15 players apiece. At the end of camp, the teams compete in the annual Flyers Fantasy Camp Cup tournament, starting with round-robin games and then the championship and consolation games on the final day.
Each team is coached by Flyers Alumni. The cast of coaches changes yearly but regular participants include Hockey Hall of Famers Mark Howe and Bill Barber, Flyers Hall of Famer Joe Watson, Flyers Alumni Association president Brad Marsh and current Flyers assistant coach Ian Laperriere.
All proceeds from Fantasy Camp benefit the Flyers Alumni Association, and are applied toward the charity and community organizations we support.
Bob “the Hound” Kelly serves as Fantasy Camp organizer and director. For information, contact the Hound at Bob_Kelly@comcastspectacor.com
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Each year, 60 participants from all over North America and widely divergent levels of hockey skills and playing experience in their backgrounds – ranging from novice players to rec league weekend warriors and some attendees who’ve played extensively – bond together on and off the ice while mingling with the Flyers Alumni camp instructors.
In 2020, a pair of first-time Flyers Alumni instructors/coaches will join in the fun this year: John LeClair and Dave Poulin. They joined returning coaches Mark Howe, Bill Barber, Danny Briere, Keith Jones, Brad Marsh, Joe Watson, and Ian Laperriere. Bob “the Hound” Kelly serves a camp director.
Camp attendees are divided into four teams of 15 players apiece. At the end ofcamp, the teams will compete in the annual Flyers Fantasy Camp Cup tournament, starting with round-robin games on Aug. 22 and the championship and consolation games on the final day.
“It’s a great time, on the ice and especially off the ice,” said annual attendee andsponsor Steve “Cappy” Capoferri, the captain and leader of back-to-back defending Fantasy Cup champions, River Rock Academy.
“I’ve made lifelong friendships at Fantasy Camp; people I keep in touch with and look forward to seeing. Every year, I meet new friends. I’ve also gotten to know a lot of the Flyers Alumni over the years. They are a tremendous group of guys that I’m proud to say have also become my friends.
“In terms of the hockey, I’m not a great player by any means. I only started playing ice hockey about five years before the first Flyers Alumni Camp, although I’ve been a diehard Flyers fan most of my life. Every camp, I learn new things.”
There is also a good cause underlying the attendees’ good time: Proceeds from the Flyers Alumni Fantasy Camp benefit the Flyers Alumni Association, with all funds being channeled to the charitable and community organizations we support in the Delaware Valley.
We will have information soon on our 2021 Camp. Early registration is highly recommended. All five previous camps have sold out all registration spots.