Peter Laviolette, then a wide-eyed, first-time NHL head coach, does not have fond memories of his initial practice.
It happened to be held on Sept. 11, 2001.
At the time he learned of the attacks, Laviolette, then 36, was coaching the New York Islanders as they began working out in Lake Placid, N.Y.
"I was probably two minutes into my first training camp," Laviolette, the Flyers coach, said Friday. "Day 1. I'll never forget."
As more news began filtering back to the arena, Laviolette decided to continue with his practice plans.
"We went through our thing," said Laviolette, whose Flyers begin rookie camp Monday in Voorhees. "I didn't get back into my room and turn on the TV - really sit down and take it all in - until later in the afternoon . . . to find out the devastation that happened that day."