| Brent Proulx checks in again from Traverse City, and informs us of a new visor rule at the Prospects Tournament. |
The latest installment from Wild Assistant Brent Proulx covers his day on Friday, the first day of games at the NHL Centre I.C.E. Prospects tournament.
One point of note, is we have changed the name of this feature to "Brent Proulx’s Prospect Tournament Blog," at Brent’s request. Now, despite Wild.com’s disdain for the word "blog," which almost sounds profane, we are going to oblige because hey, you never know when you’re going to need an extra pair of skate laces or advice for your Fantasy Major League Soccer team.
Here you have it, Brent Proulx’s Prospect Tournament Blog, Day Two edition.
Our second day in Traverse City started out with a morning skate prior to our 4:00 PM game against Columbus. The players arrived to the rink and were impressed with the dressing room setup. Most guys spent the morning making final adjustments to their new helmets and visors. This tournament was the first set of games using a mandatory visor rule for the players. There is little issue with this as far as the players are concerned. Hopefully this will cut down on the facial injuries that have occured in the past.
This arena in Traverse City has two sheets of ice with two games going on at the same time. With eight teams participating, four teams have their dressing rooms near each of the two rinks. As a result, there is cross over of teams that dress in one rink and play in another. This creates a bit of a traffic jam as teams have to make their way through the arena lobby to the other rink. It sounds confusing and to be honest, it looks confusing, especially for these young guys.
Unfortunately, the guys couldn’t pull out a victory over Columbus.