The Detroit Red Wings are done playing hockey for the year, and after a disappointing draft lottery night, they will be eager to turn the page on the 2019-2020 hockey season. In more disappointing news, the club announced the cancellation of the 2020 NHL Prospect Tournament, NHL.com announced.
The 8-team tournament typically takes place in September in Traverse City, Michigan to showcase some of the game’s top young talent. Last year’s tournament field included the Stars, Blackhawks, Wild, Red Wings, Rangers, Blues, Blue Jackets and Maple Leafs. Detroit defeated Dallas in the final 6-5.
The tournament takes place annually at Centre Ice Arena where the Red Wings also typically hold their preseason training camp. Next season, however, Red Wings training camp has been moved from Traverse City to Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit, per Ansar Khan of mlive.com. Both events are set to return to Traverse City in 2020-2021. It’s unclear at this time when training camp for the 2020-2021 season might take place, but the decision to move camp to Detroit was made with player safety in mind.
Khan provides an explanation via GM Steve Yzerman, who released a statement:
"The health and safety of our fans, players and staff is our top concern. Based on discussions with local health experts, we have decided to hold our 2020-21 training camp at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. We look forward to returning to Traverse City next year. The Traverse City community is extremely hospitable to our organization, and Centre I.C.E. Arena is an ideal location for us to hold our events each September.”
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