The Traverse City Tournament is an annual NHL prospects tournament that is played in Traverse City, Michigan, and hosted by the Detroit Red Wings since 1998. Unfortunately last year there was no tournament due to the NHL lockout, but this year the tourney is back, and the Blue Jackets prospects will be heading to Michigan to compete in early September.
The other teams that have been invited to the tournament are the Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers, and obviously the Detroit Red Wings. The tournament will run from September 5th through the 9th.
The 2013 NHL Prospects Tournament format divides the eight-team field into two separate four-team divisions. The Gordie Howe Division will feature Detroit, Dallas, Minnesota and St. Louis. The Ted Lindsay Division will be comprised of Buffalo, Carolina, Columbus and New York. Teams will play a round-robin format by facing-off against each team within their division before a crossover on the final day of the tournament that concludes with the Howe and Lindsay division winners battling in the championship game on Monday, September 9.
The Blue Jackets open up the tournament against the Buffalo Sabres on the 5th. Then they will face the prospects of the Hurricanes on the 6th and finishing out the round-robin portion against the NYR prospects on the 8th. Then as mentioned in the quote, on Monday the 9th, the two divisions will cross over and play the final game to determine the champion and the rest of the rankings.
Also, over at SabreNoise.com, Tim Redinger discusses the tournament, and how he thinks the NHL should capitalize on the offseason and help to create more tournaments like this one. A great read!