The New York Rangers have announced that MSG will be broadcasting four games at the Traverse City Prospect Tournament. The tournament will run from September 10th through September 14th, and will feature prospects from eight NHL teams.
The teams will be separated into two divisions, the Gretzky Division and the Howe Division. The New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars and Carolina Hurricanes will represent the Gretzky division, while the Detroit Red Wings, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Minnesota Wild represent the Howe division.
The tournament begins with a three-day round robin tournament; teams are than seeded by their win/loss records. The final day of the tournament will end with the Championship game, between the two top teams.
This will now give us fans a chance to view the up and coming talent from within the system. Rosters have not be announced yet, so for now I'll leave you with the schedule.
Join me after the jump for the schedule and press release:
MSG NETWORK TO TELECAST 2011 TRAVERSE CITY NHL PROSPECTS TOURNAMENT SEPTEMBER 10-14
Four Rangers Games on Network Slate
Jeep to be Title Sponsor of the Telecasts
New York, NY – July 20, 2011 – MSG Network announced today that it will telecast four New York Rangers games from the 2011 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament. The tournament takes place September 10-14 in Traverse City, Michigan and features prospects from eight NHL teams. Jeep will be the title sponsor of the four telecasts on MSG Network.
The annual tournament will include eight teams from the NHL, split into two divisions: the Gretzky Division (New York Rangers, St. Louis, Dallas, Carolina) and the Howe Division (Detroit, Buffalo, Columbus, Minnesota). Each team will face its division opponents once in the opening round and the final day will feature the top seeds in the Championship Game, as well as the remaining teams in the third, fifth and seventh place games, based on their records.
Coverage of the games will include behind-the-scenes access to the Rangers coaching staff and scouting teams, as well as interviews with a number of the prospects. Participating players and the network telecast team will be announced at a future date.
2011 marks the 14th year of the Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament, which has previously featured current Rangers players, including Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Sauer, Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan and Derek Stepan.
Below is the schedule for the telecasts:
Saturday, September 10
7:00 pm NY Rangers / St. Louis
Sunday, September 11
6:00 pm NY Rangers / Dallas
Tuesday, September 13
3:30 pm NY Rangers / Carolina
Wednesday, September 14
3:00 pm 7th place - 4th Howe / 4th Gretzky
3:30 pm 5th place - 3rd Howe / 3rd Gretzky
6:30 pm 3rd place - 2nd Howe / 2nd Gretzky
7:00 pm Championship - 1st Howe / 1st Gretzky