MyNorth News Service

(Press Release provided by Centre Ice Arena)

DETROIT: The Detroit Red Wings will host seven other NHL teams during the 2015 NHL Prospect Tournament at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, from Friday, Sept. 11 to Tuesday, Sept. 15. Returning to northern Michigan for the 17th season, the eight-team tournament is comprised of the Red Wings, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues. Tickets for the tournament are still available for $10 per day, which covers four games, exclusively at Centre Ice Arena or online at

This season, the 2015 defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks return to the tournament, replacing the Buffalo Sabres, after previously participating from 1998-2000. Over the tournament’s history, 479 players have gone on to skate in at least one NHL game, including 22 who played for Detroit in 2014-15: Justin Abdelkader, Joakim Andersson, Dan Cleary, Pavel Datsyuk, Jonathan Ericsson, Landon Ferraro, Darren Helm, Jimmy Howard, Tomas Jurco, Niklas Kronwall, Brian Lashoff, Alexey Marchenko, Tom McCollum, Petr Mrazek, Gustav Nyquist, Xavier Ouellet, Teemu Pulkkinen, Kyle Quincey, Riley Sheahan, Brendan Smith, Tomas Tatar and Henrik Zetterberg.

The tournament will divide the participating teams into two four-team divisions: the Gordie Howe Division (Carolina, Chicago, Dallas and Detroit) and the Ted Lindsay Division (Columbus, Minnesota, NY Rangers and St. Louis). Teams will play each opponent in their division in a round-robin format before a crossover on the final day of the tournament, capped off with the first-place finishers in each division meeting for the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup on Tuesday, Sept. 15. The tournament’s championship trophy was renamed this summer in honor of Wuest (pronounced WEEST), known for his work on the website as well as his exclusive coverage and statistical archiving of the NHL Prospect Tournament on, spanning back to the inaugural tournament in 1998. Wuest passed away in March 2015 after succumbing to a two-year battle with colon cancer.

After Detroit captured its first-ever tournament title in September 2013, coached by new Red Wings head coach and then-Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill, the Blue Jackets return to Traverse City this year as reigning champions. A complete schedule can be found below. The Red Wings will release a finalized roster at a later date.




Carolina                                                           Columbus

Chicago                                                            Minnesota

Dallas                                                               NY Rangers

Detroit                                                               St. Louis


Friday, September 11th                          DAVID’S RINK                       WEST RINK

8:30-9:15 a.m.                                       Minnesota                             NY Rangers

9:30-10:15 a.m.                                      St. Louis                                Columbus

10:30-11:15 a.m.                                    Chicago                                 Dallas

11:30-12:15 p.m.                                    Carolina                                Detroit


HOME                                  VISITOR                                                      RINK

3:30 p.m.                             Minnesota           vs.             NY Rangers     David’s

4:00 p.m.                              St. Louis              vs.             Columbus        West

7:00 p.m.                              Chicago               vs.             Dallas               David’s

7:30 p.m.                               Carolina              vs.             Detroit               West


Saturday, September 12th                 DAVID’S RINK                       WEST RINK

8:30-9:15 a.m.                                      Dallas                                    Carolina

9:30-10:15 a.m.                                    Chicago                                 Detroit

10:30-11:15 a.m.                                  Minnesota                             Columbus

11:30-12:15 p.m.                                  NY Rangers                          St. Louis


HOME                                     VISITOR                                                        RINK

3:30 p.m.                                  Dallas                  vs.            Carolina           David’s

4:00 p.m.                                   Detroit                  vs.           Chicago            West

7:00 p.m.                                   Columbus           vs.             Minnesota        David’s

7:30 p.m.                                   St. Louis              vs.            NY Rangers       West


Sunday, September 13th                      DAVID’S RINK                       WEST RINK

9:30-10:30 a.m.                               Carolina                                       Dallas

10:45-11:45 a.m.                             Chicago                                       Detroit

12:00 -1:00 p.m.                              Minnesota                                  Columbus

1:15-2:15 p.m.                                  St. Louis                                    NY Rangers


Monday, September 14th                     DAVID’S RINK                       WEST RINK

8:30-9:15 a.m.                                  Minnesota                             St. Louis

9:30-10:15 a.m.                               NY Rangers                          Columbus

10:30-11:15 a.m.                             Carolina                                Chicago

11:30-12:15 p.m.                             Dallas                                    Detroit


HOME                                     VISITOR                                                        RINK

3:00 p.m.                                 Minnesota           vs.             St. Louis           David’s

3:30 p.m.                                 NY Rangers        vs.             Columbus        West

6:30 p.m.                                 Carolina              vs.             Chicago            David’s

7:00 p.m.                                Dallas                  vs.             Detroit               West


Tuesday, September 15th                   DAVID’S RINK                       WEST RINK

10:00-10:45 a.m.                             2nd Lindsay                            2nd Howe

11:00-11:45 a.m.                             1st Howe                                1st Lindsay


HOME                                                VISITOR                                                     RINK

3:00 p.m.   7th place game            4th Lindsay          vs.             4th Howe           David’s

3:30 p.m.   5th place game            3rd Howe              vs.             3rd Lindsay       West

6:30 p.m.   3rd place game            2nd Lindsay          vs.             2nd Howe          David’s

7:00 p.m.   Championship Game    1st Howe             vs.             1st Lindsay        West