Flyers coach John Tortorella pushes full throttle on Day 1, loves him some ‘ugly as hell’

VOORHEES, N.J. — Mason Millman grabbed a water bottle and cleaned up some of what he couldn’t keep down behind the bench.

The 21-year-old defensive prospect had the unenviable task of being among the first group to plow through John Tortorella’s notorious Day 1 of skate until you practically collapse.

That’s skating and skating and skating. Lap after lap after lap. Down and back after down and back.

At 8:30 a.m.

Millman, far from the only player to be hunched over afterward, saw the big boss give him a supportive tap on the shoulder.

As if to say: Way to go, kid. You finished. That’s what it’s all about.

Tortorella was as advertised Thursday as the Flyers kicked off 2022 training camp in grueling style.

No pucks. All skating.

Each of the four groups to take one of the two ice sheets at Flyers Training Center skated for 27 or so minutes.

The sessions included about 17 minutes of laps that would lengthen in distance as the assistant coaches moved the nets from the top of the circles to the goal crease. Following the laps were down and backs, skating from goal line to goal line for 10 minutes.

“For me, it’s not physical. For them it is. You watch them and it has to be,” Tortorella said. “I get that and I appreciate that. But for me, I’m watching the mental part of it. … Especially with a…

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