Rangers fans who are jonesing for hockey and eager to see the organization’s stable of prospects in action won’t have long to wait, as the NHL Network will be broadcasting this year’s Traverse City Prospect Tournament, which gets underway on Saturday, September 13th. Slap Shot, the New York Times hockey blog, reports that the network will broadcast the entire tournament, according to an email they received from NHL Network PR department.
Hey â€” big news! If youâ€™d like to see Filatov, Mayorov and lots of other top rookies and prospects play, including Steven (Donâ€™t Call Me Steve) Stamkos, the NHL Network has just announced it will televise the entire Traverse City tournament, starting on September 14. These are not live telecasts, but so what? We got the email from the NHL Network PR department telling us of the telecasts, but nothing has yet shown up on their website or on NHL.com (where they are busy hawking back to school backpacks instead), so youâ€™ll have to trust us on this for the moment.
The U.S. version of the NHL Network Broadcast Schedule currently lists a number of (but not all) Traverse City games, beginning with the opening game between the Thrashers and Lightning, which will be shown for the first time at 2:00am EDT on Monday, September 15th (and repeated numerous times over the course of the day). The first Rangers game listed is at 8:00pm EDT on Wednesday, September 17th, which is actually the Rangers’ prospect’s 3rd game of the tournament. According to the NHL Network schedule, the tournament’s 3rd place game will be broadcast at 8:00pm EDT on Thursday, September 18th, followed immediately by the Gold-Medal game at 10:00pm EDT. Hopefully the info Slap Shot received will prove correct and the schedule will be updated to include the rest of the Rangers’ games as well.
In addition to the Rangers, the tournament will once again feature prospect teams from the Atlanta Thrashers, Columbus Blue Jackets, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning, Detroit Red Wings, and Minnesota Wild. The full tournament schedule is available at Red Wings Central.
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