TRAVERSE CITY, MI -- The Rangers' prospects were not the only ones who made the trip for the annual prospect tournament here in Traverse City.
Several players had family members in attendance to watch the four-game tournament, many of whom were playing in the competition for the first time.
"It's surreal," said Karen Pionk, Neal Pionk's mother. "It doesn't always register. It's the New York Rangers. It's pretty humbling."