|2008 NHL Prospects Tournament director Pete Correia presents the championship plaque to Raymond Sawada #12 of the Dallas Stars after winning the 2008 NHL Prospects Tournament against the Atlanta Thrashers 8-3 on September 17, 2008 at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Michigan. |
The tournament runs from Sunday, Sept. 6 through Thursday, Sept. 10. In addition to the Stars, the tournament features rookie squads from the Atlanta Thrashers, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues. Practice sessions and tournament games will be held on the Center Ice Arena’s two sheets of ice – David’s Rink and Huntington Rink.
Dallas’ squad for this tournament features 23 players, including 11 who were selected by the club via the NHL Entry Draft. The Stars roster is highlighted by: Jamie Benn
, the winner of the Ed Chynoweth Trophy at the 2009 Memorial Cup, awarded to the highest scoring player of the tournament; defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy, the Stars’ 2006 first-round pick who played three games for Dallas last season, collecting two assists; Scott Glennie
, Dallas’ 2009 first-round pick (eighth overall); and former Colorado College goaltender Richard Bachman
. The Stars won the tournament in 2008, which featured strong performances by James Neal (four goals, five assists) and Benn (five goals).
The Stars rookies will be coached in Traverse City by Glen Gulutzan, recently named head coach of the AHL Texas Stars, Dallas’ new development affiliate set to start its inaugural season in Cedar Park, Texas, this fall. Texas Stars Assistant Coach Paul Jerrard will also be on Dallas’ rookie camp coaching staff. Dallas General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk will be in attendance for the tournament, along with Director of Scouting & Player Development Les Jackson and the club’s scouting staff.
Dallas’ Traverse City Roster is attached here
Dallas’ schedule for the Traverse City tournament is as follows (all times are Central):
|DATE ||EVENT ||TIME (RINK) |
|Sunday, Sept. 6 ||Practice ||10:30 a.m. (Huntington Rink) |
| ||vs. St. Louis Blues ||6:00 p.m. (David's Rink) |
|Monday, Sept. 7 ||Practice ||8:30 a.m. (Huntington Rink) |
| ||vs. Minnesota Wild ||2:30 p.m. (David's Rink) |
|Tuesday, Sept. 8 ||Practice ||9:30 a.m. (Huntington Rink) |
|Wednesday, Sept. 9 ||Practice ||8:30 a.m. (David's Rink) |
| ||vs. Columbus Blue Jackets ||3:00 p.m. (David's Rink) |
|Thursday, Sept. 10 ||7th-Place Game ||2:30 p.m. (David's Rink) |
| ||5th-Place Game ||3:00 p.m. (Huntington Rink) |
| ||3rd-Place Game ||6:00 p.m. (David's Rink) |
| ||Championship Game ||6:30 p.m. (Huntington Rink) |