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Press Release

Date: August 28, 2019


Contact: Tricia Frey, Marketing Director,, (231) 218-8283


NHL Prospect Tournament; Detroit Red Wings Training Camp Return to Centre Ice Arena for 21st Time

Events Welcome New Presenting Sponsors Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel and

LC Materials  


Canadian Team to Participate for First Time in Tournament History


Traverse City, Michigan – Centre Ice Arena staff and over 200 dedicated volunteers are gearing up to host the NHL Prospect Tournament and Detroit Red Wings Training Camp for the twenty-first time. Both events welcome new presenting sponsors for 2019. Detroit Red Wings Training Camp is presented by Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel; NHL Prospect Tournament by LC Materials.

According to Mike Schrader, CEO of Grand Traverse Resort and Casinos Economic Development Corporation, “It’s an honor for Turtle Creek Casino to be the presenting sponsor for the 2019 Detroit Red Wings Training Camp. Centre Ice is an integral part of the Traverse City community and the work they do each year to host the Detroit Red Wings Training Camp is truly impressive. Our staff is very excited to be associated with this event. We welcome the Red Wings to Traverse City and look forward to the upcoming season!”

Additionally, Turtle Creek Casino will have a special interactive ‘tailgate zone’ set up outside the arena during the Alumni & Celebrity and Red & White games. Casino staff will be inside Centre Ice for the duration of training camp, promoting their facilities while offering giveaway items to the fans.

LC Materials, a locally owned and operated concrete company, is the NHL Prospect Tournament presenting sponsor. “As northern Michigan’s leading concrete producer, we recognize hard work,” said Kevin Clark, an LC Materials representative. “LC Materials is honored to be the NHL Prospect Tournament’s presenting sponsor as the event returns to Traverse City for its 21st season. This is the battle ground where top NHL prospects gather to fight for their dream of making the big stage. Over the tournament's history, over 600 players have moved on to play in the NHL, including 23 of the 38 players who played for the Red Wings last season. LC Materials welcomes the NHL prospects and wish them all the best.  Come see these future stars in action!” 

According to Tom Rodes, Director of Red Wings Camps, “We are extremely grateful for the support of two presenting sponsors for 2019. Prospect tournament and Red Wings camp are the largest fundraisers of the year for Centre Ice Arena, a local nonprofit organization. Not only is the financial support greatly appreciated, but the cross promotion by these organizations as well as the excitement they bring enhances the experience for everyone. Please take a moment to stop by their booths and thank them for their support.”

In addition to the presenting sponsors, Centre Ice Arena welcomes new David’s Rink sponsor Bill Marsh Auto Group. On Saturday, September 7, Bill Marsh Auto Group will be formally announced as the newest David’s Rink sponsor with a ceremonial puck drop before the 3:00 pm Toronto vs Chicago game during the NHL Prospect Tournament. Other David’s Rink sponsors include A+ Concrete, Bayshore Resort and Pepsi. Bill Marsh Auto Group is also the transportation provider for all Detroit Red Wings events in Traverse City.

NHL Prospect Tournament

Events begin Friday, September 6, when eight NHL teams take the ice to compete for the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup in the NHL Prospect Tournament. Participating teams include the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and­, newcomers this year, the Toronto Maple Leafs, an addition to the line-up that marks the first time in the tournament’s history that a Canadian team will participate. Tournament dates are September 6, 7, 9 and 10 with the Championship Game to be played Tuesday, September 10 beginning at 5:00 pm. For those who cannot attend, all games of the NHL Prospect Tournament will be live-streamed on and all Red Wings social media outlets (YouTube, Twitter, Facebook).

Detroit Red Wings Training Camp Golf Classic & VIP Dinner Reception

Following the tournament, the rink will be dark for two days, during which time the annual Detroit Red Wings Training Camp Golf Classic and VIP Dinner Reception, presented by Eitel Dahm Motor Group, will take place on Thursday, September 12 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa with a 12:30 shotgun start following a buffet luncheon. Space is still available for a few more foursomes to play 18 challenging holes of golf on The Bear with a member of the Red Wings roster, staff or management as their fifth player. Later that evening, golfers will attend the VIP Dinner Reception and dine with their Red Wings teammate. The public is invited to purchase tickets for the dinner reception only. Attendees will enjoy a four-course dinner with two drink tickets and will receive a commemorative training camp program for autographs along with the chance to bid on items during the silent and live auctions including sports memorabilia, trips and the opportunity to travel with the Red Wings to a pre-season game. Persons attending are also allowed to bring in one item, such as a jersey, for autographs. Red Wings players will be positioned at autograph stations for optimum access. Tickets for the VIP Dinner Reception only are $150 per person. For reception tickets and information on golf registration, visit

Detroit Red Wings Training Camp

The Red Wings will hold their annual training camp for the 21st time at Centre Ice Arena beginning on Friday, September 13 at 9:30 am with a practice session. Opening day has been designated Service Personnel Day with free admission provided for active and retired military, police, fire and rescue personnel. Qualified persons may present identification or badge at the main entrance on Friday for complimentary admission. The remaining schedule includes:

  • Saturday, September 14 – Practice Session 9:30 am
  • Saturday, September 14 – Alumni/Celebrity Game: Mixed teams of Red Wings Alumni and Guns N Hoses (Local Police and Firefighters) 6:00 pm – Only Standing Room Tickets Remain
  • Sunday, September 15 – Red & White Game (DRW Team Red vs DRW Team White) 12:00 pm – Only Standing Room Tickets Remain
  • Monday, September 16 – Practice Session 9:30 am

To check ticket availability and to purchase, visit

Heightened Security & Bag Check Policy Implemented for 2019

This year, visitors to Centre Ice Arena during the prospect tournament and training camp will experience a heightened security protocol and should prepare accordingly. All bags and persons will be subject to search. Only one personal bag is allowed per person and items larger than 14” x 14” x 6” are prohibited. I.C.E. management and security reserve the right to restrict any bag or item for any reason and visitors will be instructed to return prohibited items to their vehicles. There will be no on-site bag storage and any unattended bag or item will be disposed of immediately. Security methods are in place to ensure a safe and threat-free environment exists for all attendees for the duration of these events.


Roster Position Available on DRW Alumni/Celebrity Team

One lucky hockey player will have the opportunity of a lifetime to play during the Alumni/Celebrity Game on Saturday, September 14 at 6:00 pm. An online auction for the position is now open and the top bidder will play with Stanley Cup champions, Hall of Famers, current Red Wings staff and former NHL players. Minimum requirements and link to bidding site can be found at  

The NHL Prospect Tournament and Detroit Red Wings Training Camp are major fundraising events for I.C.E. (Involved Citizens Enterprises), the non-profit organization of Centre Ice Arena. Complete details for all events can be found at .