Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Thrashers to Participate in Traverse City Prospect Evaluation Tournament Sept. 13-17

The Atlanta Thrashers will be among eight NHL teams participating in the 2008 Traverse City Prospect Evaluation Tournament, hosted by the Detroit Red Wings at the Center I.C.E. Arena in Traverse City, Mich., from Sept. 13-17. The Thrashers will compete in the tournament’s Eastern Conference along with the Red Wings, New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning. The Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues will comprise the Western Conference.

Per tournament rules, each team may have a maximum of four players with one year of professional experience. In order to participate, all skaters must have been born no later than 1984; goalies are exempt from this rule.

The Thrashers roster will be highlighted by the team’s third overall selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, defenseman Zach Bogosian, as well as former Pittsburgh Penguins first-round selection Angelo Esposito. Newly appointed Chicago Wolves Head Coach Don Granato and Gwinnett Gladiators Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Jeff Pyle will coach the Thrashers prospects.

At the conclusion of the tournament, players will be selected to participate in the Thrashers main training camp, which begins with physicals and medical testing on Sept. 19th at the Duluth IceForum. On-ice workouts begin on Sept. 20th and are open to the public. A complete training camp schedule will be released at a later date.

Thrashers Traverse City Prospect Evaluation Tournament Schedule:
Saturday, Sept. 13
· Practice (8:30-9:15 a.m.); Game vs. Tampa Bay (3 p.m.)
Sunday, Sept. 14
· Practice (9:30-10:15 a.m.); Game vs. NY Rangers (2:30 p.m.)
Monday, Sept. 15
· Practice (10:45-11:45 a.m.)
Tuesday, Sept. 16
· Practice (11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.); Game vs. Detroit (7 p.m.)
Wednesday, Sept. 17
· 7th Place Game (2 p.m.)
· 5th Place Game (2:30 p.m.)
· 3rd Place Game (6 p.m.)
· Championship Game (6:30 p.m.)

Season Tickets for the Atlanta Thrashers start at $10 per game and are available for the 2008-09 season by calling (866) 715-1500 or visiting Individual tickets for all regular-season Thrashers games at Philips Arena will go on sale Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased by visiting, calling (800) 326-4000, or by visiting the Philips Arena Box Office or any Ticketmaster Ticket Outlet.
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