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Flyers return from NHL lockout to record fan turnout in 1st day of training camp

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    Philadelphia Flyers' head coach Peter Laviolette answers questions during a press conference after the first practice session at the team's training camp Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Voorhees, NJ. The Flyers, and other NHL hockey teams, returned after a 113-day lockout ended with an settlement on a new collective bargaining agreement. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)The Associated Press

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    Philadelphia Flyers' head coach Peter Laviolette answers questions during a press conference after the first practice session at the team's training camp Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Voorhees, NJ. The Flyers, and other NHL hockey teams, returned after a 113-day lockout ended with an settlement on a new collective bargaining agreement. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)The Associated Press

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    Philadelphia Flyers fans stand outside the rink at the first practice session at the team's training camp on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Voorhees, N.J. The Flyers and other NHL teams returned after a nearly four-month-old lockout ended with a settlement on a new collective bargaining agreement. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)The Associated Press

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    Philadelphia Flyers' Matt Read picks up the puck and heads downice during the first hockey practice session at the team's training camp on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Voorhees, N.J. The Flyers and other NHL teams returned after a nearly four-month-old lockout ended with a settlement on a new collective bargaining agreement. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)The Associated Press

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    Philadelphia Flyers goalies Ilya Bryzgalov, left, and Michael Leighton take a break during the first hockey practice session at the team's training camp on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Voorhees, N.J. The Flyers and other NHL teams returned after a nearly four-month-old lockout ended with a settlement on a new collective bargaining agreement. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)The Associated Press

Philadelphia Flyers fans supported their favorite team in the best way they could. They showed up.

About 2,000 fans on Sunday packed the Flyers' New Jersey training facility for the first day of training camp. Dressed in team gear, most of the fans arrived a couple of hours before the start of the morning practice. Cars were eventually turned away from the parking lot and fans were forced to find alternative parking in the area.

All-Star forward Scott Hartnell says the team was flattered to see the turnout. He says the full house made the Flyers, "Feel a little bit better about what happened to the fans and being locked out so long."

The Flyers hung a "Thank you, fans" banner at the rink and had other fan-friendly activities in the lobby.