Flyers rookie defenseman Sam Morin has words, strongly based on a classic Disney movie from years ago, tattooed high onto his left arm:

“The past can hurt, but you can either run from it or learn from it.”

The words motivate him.

“It was my favorite movie; I watched it so much when I was younger,” the good-natured Morin, 22, said last week at the Flyers’ training facility in Voorhees, where he was getting a head start on things. “It’s like hockey. You always learn from your mistakes, and you need to be in the present.”

He got the tattoo four years ago, using the inspiring words that Robert Guillaume, the voice of Rafiki the wise baboon, delivered to Simba the lion, in The Lion King.

“I wanted a tattoo pretty bad,” he said with a laugh. “I like it. My mom didn’t really like it, but it’s all fine.”

All is fine with Morin, too. Unlike other training camps he attended, Morin — an imposing figure who stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 227 pounds — appears to have a great chance to start the season with the Flyers. And perhaps stay there for, oh, the next decade or so.

A young, up-and-coming defense is about to become the Flyers’ calling card, and Morin will be a big part of that identity. It may take a few years before the defense blossoms, but it has a chance to be among the NHL’s best in the near future.

Rookies don’t have to report until Sept. 9, but Morin has been on the ice in Voorhees since last week. He actually began working out in Voorhees in July before going back home to Quebec for about a week and then returning.