TRAVERSE CITY — Tickets for the Detroit Red Wings training camp will go on sale Saturday, June 2nd, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Centre ICE.
This will be the 10th year for the Wings in Traverse City. Players will report on Sept. 13 for physicals and a golf outing. On-ice activities begin Sept. 14 and run through Sept. 18.
The camp will feature as many as 60 players. They'll be divided into three teams. The first three days of camp will consist of intrasquad games and on-ice workouts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tickets are $15 each. On Sept. 17, the top players compete in the annual Red & White game at 6 p.m. ($25). The camp ends on Sept. 18 with a unique 4-on-4 intrasquad game at 5 p.m. Tickets for the 4-on-4 game are $10, which includes a hot dog and soda.
I've always wanted to go the the training camp in Traverse City. Yet, every year my band has a show that weekend, most of the times out of state. Hopefully, I will be able to attend this year and examine some of our prospects in action.
I'd like to see Jimmy Howard, Igor Grigorenko, Cory Emmerton, Jan Mursak, Jonathan Ericsson, Darren Helm and our other prospects. Ericsson almost made the team last year with his strong training camp, so I'm curious to see what he beings to the camp this year.
Not to mention, the possibility of seeing Ryan Smyth in the red and white. Or maybe the return of one of the original Russian 5 members, Slava Kozlov. Maybe we'll see rival Scott Hartnell from Nashville wearing the winged-wheel. It will be interesting to see which UFA(s) Holland brings in to bolster our lineup.
Either way, my goal is to get to this training camp and to start blogging about it.