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Red Wings cancel Traverse City prospects tournament

Thursday, 08.16.2012 / 4:18 PM / News

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Red Wings cancel Traverse City prospects tournament
The Detroit Red Wings on Thursday announced that the NHL Prospects Tournament, which the club annually hosts, has been canceled.

The Detroit Red Wings on Thursday announced that the NHL Prospects Tournament, which the club annually hosts at Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich., has been canceled.

"Due to the uncertainty surrounding the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the advance commitments required from the various parties including hotels, airlines, teams, players and their families, etc., we have determined that it is in everyone's best interest to cancel this year's tournament," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Thursday. "The Red Wings and the seven other NHL teams that were scheduled to participate are committed to returning to Traverse City in 2013 and continuing with this tremendous tournament."

The prospect showcase is one of the most popular events of the summer and gives teams an early on-ice look at their future stars.

Beside the Red Wings, this year's tournament was set to include entries from the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.

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We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp