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Dates announced for 2016 Traverse City events

by Kyle Kujawa / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the Red Wings will again stage their annual Development Camp, NHL Prospect Tournament and Training Camp at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., as well as the 18th Annual Training Camp Golf Classic at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme, Mich.

DEVELOPMENT CAMP

The Red Wings will stage their 2016 Development Camp at Centre Ice Arena from July 6-10. The camp is comprised of drafted or signed Red Wings prospects, and will include several of the team’s selections from the upcoming 2016 NHL Entry Draft, which will be held on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., in addition to undrafted free agents. Attendees receive daily on-ice instruction and skill development from a team of coaches, take part in NHL-level off-ice workouts and attend classes designed to help players transition to professional hockey, while receiving feedback from Red Wings coaches and management.

A full schedule and complete roster will be announced at a later date. All practice sessions are open to the public. Tickets are available in-person only at Centre Ice Arena for $5 per day on each day of the event.

NHL PROSPECT TOURNAMENT

The NHL Prospect Tournament returns to Traverse City for the 18th season, running from Friday, Sept. 16 through Tuesday, Sept. 20. The eight-team field consists of prospects from the Red Wings, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.

Over the tournament’s history, 522 players have moved on to play in at least one NHL game, including 24 players who played for Detroit in 2015-16: Justin Abdelkader, Joakim Andersson, Andreas Athanasiou, Pavel Datsyuk, Jonathan Ericsson, Landon Ferraro, Darren Helm, Jimmy Howard, Tomas Jurco, Jakub Kindl, Niklas Kronwall, Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Alexey Marchenko, Petr Mrazek, Tomas Nosek, Gustav Nyquist, Xavier Ouellet, Teemu Pulkkinen, Kyle Quincey, Riley Sheahan, Brendan Smith, Tomas Tatar and Henrik Zetterberg.

The tournament will be divided into two four-team divisions, and teams will play each team in their division in a round-robin format before a crossover on the final day of the tournament. The first-place finishers in each division will meet for the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The tournament’s championship trophy was renamed prior to last year’s tournament in honor of Wuest, known for his work on the website CapGeek.com as well as his exclusive coverage and statistical archiving of the NHL Prospect Tournament on RedWingsCentral.com, spanning back to the inaugural tournament in 1998. Wuest passed away in March 2015 after succumbing to a two-year battle with colon cancer.

TRAINING CAMP GOLF CLASSIC

The Red Wings will open their annual NHL Training Camp with the 18th Training Camp Golf Classic, presented by Eitel Dahm Motor Group, on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. Proceeds from the tournament benefit Involved Citizens Enterprises (I.C.E.), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing affordable skating programs to Northern Michigan.

Golf participants will enjoy a pre-round lunch before teaming up with a member of the Red Wings roster, coaching staff or management team for a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start on one of the resort’s pristine golf courses. Following the round, attendees will have dinner at the resort at a table with their Red Wings teammate and have the opportunity to bid on unique sports memorabilia, vacation packages and much more during the silent and live auctions.

RED WINGS TRAINING CAMP

The 2016-17 Red Wings hit the ice for the first time the morning of Friday, Sept. 23, and continue daily through Monday, Sept. 26. Red Wings players, prospects and tryouts will be divided into teams that will practice and scrimmage throughout camp, leading up to the annual Red and White Game on Sept. 26 at 12 p.m. A full camp roster and the complete training camp schedule will be announced at a later date.

The Training Camp Alumni and Celebrity Game will also return for a fourth consecutive season, taking place on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7:00 p.m. Last year’s game included numerous Red Wings front office staff and coaches, including general manager Ken Holland and head coach Jeff Blashill; former players such as Dino Ciccarelli, Kris Draper, Jiri Fischer, Joe Kocur, Kirk Maltby and Darren McCarty; and Red Wings television color analyst Mickey Redmond.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for all September events go on sale in person at Centre Ice Arena on Saturday, July 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., while any remaining tickets will be available via fax starting Monday, July 11 at 12 p.m. Prices for practice sessions are $10 for standing-room only, $15 for reserved seating and $20 for the mezzanine. Red and White Game and Training Camp Alumni and Celebrity Game tickets will start at $20 for standing-room only, $25 for reserved seating and $30 for the mezzanine. Select 2016 training camp merchandise will also be available for purchase. For additional information, please call (231) 933-7465 or visit www.centreice.org.

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

Media wishing to cover the Red Wings 2016 Development Camp must RSVP to Kyle Kujawa at Kyle.Kujawa@Hockeytown.com or 313-471-7518. Credential information for the NHL Prospect Tournament and Training Camp will be distributed at a later date.
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