– Ron Francis
, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the team’s roster for the 2015 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, MI. The tournament is hosted annually by the Detroit Red Wings and will take place Sept. 11-15. The Hurricanes’ squad won the tournament in 2009.
Mark Morris, head coach of Carolina’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, will coach the Hurricanes’ team alongside Charlotte assistant coach Geordie Kinnear. Teams will be comprised of drafted players and signees from each of the eight participating NHL clubs, as well as amateur tryout invitees. A limited number of players with prior professional experience, but in no case more than one full season, are eligible to compete.
The Hurricanes’ squad for the 2015 tournament is comprised of 15 players drafted by Carolina, including first-round draft picks Haydn Fleury (2014 – 7th overall) and Noah Hanifin (2015 – 5th overall), second round picks Phil Di Giuseppe (2012 – 38th overall) and Brock McGinn (2012 – 47th overall), and third-round pick Brett Pesce (2013 – 66th overall). Joining the team’s drafted players are forwards Carter Sandlak and Sergey Tolchinsky, as well as goaltender Rasmus Tirronen, each of whom signed with Carolina as free agents. Also, former Los Angeles Kings second-round pick, defenseman Roland McKeown, will suit up for the Hurricanes after Carolina acquired him via trade in February. Three tryout invitees round out the roster. Click here to see the full roster.
The Hurricanes will open tournament play on Friday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m., against tournament host Detroit. Carolina will then take on Dallas at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 12, before finishing round-robin play against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m. Once the eight teams have finished round-robin play in two groups, each team will play a final game on Tuesday, Sept. 15, to determine final tournament ranking. All games will take place at Centre Ice Arena, the training camp home of the Red Wings. Click here for more information on the 2015 NHL Prospects Tournament.