The Philadelphia Flyers motto is to remain patient and let things run their course. This is an uncommon practice in year’s past for the Flyers organization. However, Flyers fans are now beginning to see the transformation of a young team that is stocking up for long-term success. Fans are hoping it pays off within the next few years with a parade down Broad Street. With a sniper in the future like Joel Farabee, anything is possible.
It’s never easy transitioning from one town to another, but that’s exactly what Joel Farabee did for developmental purposes. Farabee hails from Syracuse, New York, and he transitioned quite well to the Boston life while playing some good hockey for Boston University. All in all, this led him to sign an ELC with the big club this past Spring.
“I felt that becoming a Professional was a no brainer in terms of my development,” Farabee said, “I can’t thank Boston U enough…Kyle Czech, Albie O’ Connell, Paul Pearl, and Len Quesnelle. They all helped me this past year, and got me to the level I am today.”
Check this clip out to see how well he adjusted to the great sport of hockey:
After watching this highlight-reel goal, one may react by saying “Holy Schnikes!” Farabee appears to be the real deal, and with the way he charges up the ice, there is little doubt he can be molded into a top-six player for the orange and black in the future. Farabee is not only a leader, but he is very confident, as well, “I have some leadership qualities on and off the ice,” Farabee noted, “I’m pretty vocal on the ice. Off the ice, I’m quiet as I do my work, and do what I need to do. I will do whatever the Flyers tell me, whether that’s playing with the Phantoms or the Flyers. I came here because I believe I’m at the next level in my playing career.”
This young up-and-coming prospect was born on February 25, 2000, in Cicero, NY. Farabee entered the NCAA with force in just his first season as a Boston Terrier. For the season, he finished 48th in the NCAA in scoring. Farabee has potted 17 goals and tallied 19 assists. Farabee showcased his skill to push the play, as he razzled and dazzled his way between defenders. It looked like he was doing the “Electric Slide,” as he blew by defenders, “The key to this off-season is my diet,” Farabee said, “I weigh 175 now, and I’m trying to get 180 by the start of the season. Ideally I would like to get to 185-190 for my playing career. This is another reason I’m staying in Voorhees. The nutritionist here appears to be pretty good.”
Farabee loves watching hockey. He watched his idol in Patrick Kane light the lamp for the Chicago Blackhawks many times, but when Farabee is home he likes to attend some Syracuse Crunch games if he can. This kid just loves the sport, as Farabee eats, breathes, and just enjoys the great sport of hockey.
Hopefully, Farabee will pan out the way the Flyers envision him to. He has the heart, the will, and the strength to become a top-six gem for the Flyers.
If a person saw Farabee play for the Terriers this past season, then one would have instantly noticed his smooth skating ability. Farabee has grown so much in his years of playing the sport of hockey, and he is friends with another Flyers prospect.
“Jay (O’Brien) and I are friends. We both play with a lot of energy and work hard. We started becoming friends when we played together on the US National Team for the USDP Program in 2017-18.”
Farabee leaves us with this message:
“Of course, my goal is to make the big club. I’m staying in Voorhees this Summer to train with Carsen Twarynski and Connor Bunnaman. I want to have a pretty good diet too. The nutritionist here seems to be pretty good, so we will see how this goes.”
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Jamey Baskow, 34, Flyers Guru, Sports Enthuiast
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