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Fans a focus of Traverse City broadcasts

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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2011 Rangers Traverse City Roster
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By Dan David,

MSG Network will offer Rangers fans an opportunity to take part -- via Twitter --  in the telecasts of four Rangers games from the 2011 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament, which runs from September 10-14 in Traverse City, Michigan. Viewers will also have never-before-seen access to the team, coaches and executives during the five day competition.

Starting today, MSG Network’s Traverse City play-by-play man John Giannone (@jaygeeMSG) and reporter Dave Maloney (@DaveMaloneyMSG) will call on fans to join their conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag: #NYRprospects. Giannone and Maloney, along with color commentator Joe Micheletti, will turn to Twitter for questions and remarks from viewers, which they can respond to and comment on during the action starting Saturday.

For the first time in Traverse City Prospects Tournament history, MSG will provide live broadcasts of all four Blueshirts games. Here is a look at the schedule:

• Sept. 10 -- vs. St. Louis at 7 p.m.
• Sept. 11 -- vs. Dallas at 6 p.m.
• Sept. 13 -- vs. Carolina, 3 p.m.
• Sept. 14 -- Placement Game, TBD
The former Rangers captain Maloney will also use Twitter as the source of his questions as he talks to players benchside throughout the game, as well as for reports and interviews during intermissions.

MSG Network viewers will have unlimited access to the players, coaches and executives at the tournament. A number of players will wear wireless microphones during the games and cameras will follow the Rangers’ prospect team coach, Ken Gernander, into the locker room for pregame and intermission talks.

Viewers can also follow @MSGNetworks on Twitter or go to for additional information and tweets, including live updates from the tournament, as well as exclusive photos and interviews with players and coaches in their entirety. Extended video clips of Giannone, Micheletti and Maloney responding to fan-submitted questions will also be available.

The 2011 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament includes eight teams from the NHL, split into two divisions: the Gretzky Division (New York Rangers, St. Louis, Dallas, Carolina) and the Howe Division (Detroit, Buffalo, Columbus, Minnesota). Each team will face its division opponents once in the opening round and the final day will feature the top seeds in the Championship Game, as well as the remaining teams in the third, fifth and seventh place games, based on their records.

2011 marks the 14th year of the Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament, which has previously featured current Rangers players, including Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Sauer, Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan and Derek Stepan.
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