By @StefanKubus –
For the 21st season, the NHL Prospect Tournament will once again return to Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City.
The eight-team tourney will run from Friday, Sept. 6 through Tuesday, Sept. 10. Joining Detroit will be the Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs and defending-champion Columbus Blue Jackets. Toronto will make its first appearance, replacing the Carolina Hurricanes.
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. 10.
Following the Prospect Tournament, the Red Wings will take to the ice for training camp Sept. 13 and wrap up on Sept. 16. The annual Red and White Game will take place on Sunday, Sept. 15 at noon.
A full camp roster will be announced at a later date.
Tickets for all events are on sale July 16. Admission to the NHL Prospect Tournament will cost $10 per day, while the breakdown for training camp and other events are as follows:
• Training Camp Practice (Friday, Sept. 13): $10 standing-room, $20 reserved seating or mezzanine
• Training Camp Practice (Saturday, Sept. 14): $15 standing-room, $25 reserved seating or mezzanine
• Alumni and Celebrity Game (Saturday, Sept. 14): $25 standing-room, $35 reserved seating
• Red and White Game (Sunday, Sept. 15): $20 standing-room, $35 reserved seating or mezzanine
• Training Camp Practice (Monday, Sept. 16): $10 general admission
Additional events surrounding the NHL Prospect Tournament and Red Wings training camp:
TRAINING CAMP GOLF CLASSIC
The Red Wings will open their annual NHL Training Camp with the 21st Training Camp Golf Classic, presented by Eitel Dahm Motor Group, on Thursday, Sept. 12, 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 12:30 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 auction packages, including the opportunity to travel with the Red Wings on Red Bird III to a select road game during the 2019-20 preseason. The silent and live auctions will also include sports memorabilia, vacation packages and much more.
RED WINGS ALUMNI & GUNS N’ HOSES
The Training Camp Alumni and Celebrity Game will also return for a seventh-consecutive season on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m., in which two teams comprised of Red Wings alumni and players from Guns N’ Hoses, a team of local Traverse City police and fire departments, will face off. Guns N’ Hoses is a non-profit organization created to assist individuals and families in need in the Grand Traverse community.
One lucky fan can win the opportunity to skate alongside former Red Wings greats, as Centre Ice Arena is auctioning off a roster spot for the 2019 Training Camp Alumni and Celebrity Game. Past Red Wings alumni participants have included members of “The Grind Line” in Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby and Darren McCarty; Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Mark Howe; Red Wings player development staff Shawn Horcoff and Dan Cleary; 2008 Stanley Cup champion and Traverse City resident Dallas Drake; and Red Wings television analyst Mickey Redmond. A full roster will be announced at a later date. Fans can visit www.centreice.org for information on the roster spot auction.