Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 29, 2011

Red Wings coming to Traverse City early

Strength and conditioning camp set for July 7-14

By JAMES COOK
jcook@record-eagle.com

TRAVERSE CITY — A power outage may have led to a little more star power coming to Traverse City.

A failure in Troy last July forced the cancellation of the Detroit Red Wings' summer strength and conditioning camp.

When you bring in players from all across the globe, a lost day's work can be costly.

The Wings will be bringing 40 of their draftees, top prospects and invitees to Traverse City from July 7-14.

That will include second-round pick and human highlight film, Slovakian forward Tomas Jurco.

"When Ken (Holland) came up here for training camp last year, we discussed the possibility of them coming up here," camp director Ann Reeves said. "They had a facility issue, and Ken knew that since we got the west-end expansion project done that we've got the size to accommodate this camp."

Not only accommodate it, but also allow the Wings to expand it.

Detroit usually had a camp for 20 players in the past -- including hosting it once in TC in the past -- but was able to double that to 40 this time around because of Centre ICE expansion that was completed prior to last year's training camp, adding two more NHL-sized locker rooms and other amenities to the ICE facility.

Holding this camp allows the Red Wings to evaluate some players whose overseas leagues start up before the NHL Prospects Camp begins in Traverse City from Sept. 10-14.

The summer camp opens with a workout of over two hours on July 7, which is free to the public. Then from July 8 to 13, each day runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a break from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch. Cost is $5 per day, or $25 for a pass for the entire camp.

The players will be split into two groups, with each going through skill development, power skating and practice sessions during the course of the day.

The camp ends July 14 with a scrimmage game between the two squads and a skills competition running from 8:30-10 a.m.

Traverse City St. Francis is providing buses and drivers to shuttle players around during the event.

The coaches at the strength and conditioning camp will include Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Curt Fraser and assistant coach Jim Paek, along with ex-Wing defenseman Jiri Fisher, Detroit goalie coach Jim Bedard and conditioning expert Tomas Storm.

A coaches clinic will be held at Centre ICE on July 10 from 1-5:30 p.m. for $95. It includes coaching sessions, lunch with Red Wings general manager Ken Holland and assistant GM Jim Nill as guest speakers, as well as the coaches from the strength and conditioning camp.