Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Traverse City tournament dates

Former CBJ prospect Jared Boll (right)
getting ready for the big leagues.
(Courtesy of Light The Lamp)
As many Columbus Blue Jackets fans know, the CBJ send a team of prospects up to sunny and beautiful Traverse City, Michigan (visit Sleeping Bear Dunes!) to play in a brief tournament against other NHL teams' prospects.  It's a nice move as it builds cameraderie and chemistry with young players who surely will play with each other at some point through the junior/minor league systems.  In addition, it gives the teams a chance to put prospects (some street free agent prospects, others drafted/signed) into more meaningful game environments and see how they perform.

Here's the entire schedule for the September 11-15 tournament, but I'll reprint the Columbus Blue Jackets' schedule:

Sat. Sept. 11
9:30 AM - Practice at David's Rink
3:30 PM - Game v. New York Rangers at Huntington Rink

Sun. Sept. 12
8:30 AM - Practice at Huntington Rink
2:00 PM - Game v. Minnesota Wild at David's Rink

Mon. Sept. 13
9:30 AM - Practice at Huntington Rink
No game

Tues. Sept. 14
10:30 AM - Practice at David's Rink
6:30 PM - Game v. Carolina Hurricanes at David's Rink

Weds. Sept. 15
Top 2 teams in each division (Howe and Gretzky) practice.  One team on each rink at 9:45 and 10:45.
2:00 PM - Seventh-place game at David's Rink
2:30 PM - Fifth-place game at Huntington Rink
5:30 PM - Bronze Medal game at David's Rink
6:00 PM - Gold Medal game at Huntington Rink

No official word on TV for the games, but the NHL Network carried the tournament (or at least portions of it) last year.  It would surprise me if they don't do so again.  (Ack!  Looks like the NHL Network is out this year.  So who's carrying the competition?)

As for the CBJ roster for Traverse City, I have no idea and haven't seen anything come up on the CBJ official site.  As a prospect camp, it stands to reason that some of these prospects will be in attendance.

2 comments:

  1. With it at least out on the NHL network I wonder if it will even land on TV at all. My hope is maybe Versus or local stations pick it up then. Or at worst the NHL site ends up displaying at least.

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  2. The tournament was NOT televised on NHL Network last year at ALL. It was, however, in 2008.

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