The St. Louis Blues are one of eight NHL teams that will participate in the 13th annual NHL Prospects Tournament from Sept. 11-15 in Traverse City, Mich. The Blues will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning , the Dallas Stars and the Detroit Red Wings in a three-game round-robin tournament.
Other teams included in the tournament are the Atlanta Thrashers, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers.
The Blues have won the tournament four times and this year’s roster includes draft picks, signed players and tryout players which is highlighted by Alex Pietrangelo (1st round selection, 4thoverall in 2008), Philip McRae (2nd round, 33rd overall in 2008), Ian Cole (1st round, 18th overall in 2007), Jake Allen (2ndround, 34th overall in 2008) and Brett Ponich (2nd round, 48th overall in 2009). In addition, the roster includes 2010 draft selections, Cody Beach (5th round, 134th overall) and Stephen MacAulay (6th round, 164th overall).
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The tournament schedule (times listed central) is listed below. Updated stats and game recaps can be found atstlouisblues.com/traversecity during the tournament.
Saturday, Sept. 11 Sunday, Sept. 12
Blues 4 - Tampa Bay 2 Blues 1 - Dallas 4
Tuesday, Sept. 14 Wednesday, Sept. 15
Blues 1 - Detroit 2 1 p.m. vs. Columbus
The Rivermen open the 2010-11 season at Carver Arena on Oct. 8 against the Manitoba Moose. Full-season, partial and mini ticket plans are all on sale. For more information visit www.rivermen.net, call 309-676-1040 or stop by the Rivermen office inside the Peoria Civic Center.