Traverse City Record-Eagle

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July 11, 2011

Family matters at Wings Development Camp

Chelios, Fraser clans represented well in TC event

TRAVERSE CITY — Typically when your dad takes you camping, it involves a tent, a fire, maybe some s'mores.

Not so for four players at the Detroit Red Wings Development Camp.

To them, it means grueling workouts, hanging out with some of the better young players in the world in occasionally being slammed up against a wall.

Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Curt Fraser is running the camp, which goes through Thursday at Traverse City's Centre ICE Arena. His sons Casey and Jesse are here as invitees.

Chris Chelios is an executive adviser to Detroit general manager Ken Holland after a long and illustrious NHL career. Chelios' sons Dean and Jake are also in attendance.

Dean Chelios -- the elder of the two -- has been in this position three times.

"It's an experience every time," Dean said. "You finish your season and you go a couple months and then you get competition like this in the middle of the summer to kind of wake you up and get you ready for next year. It's a good wake-up call and lets you know how hard you have to compete go to the main camp."

Dean Chelios is entering his junior year at Michigan State, coming off a tumultuous season that saw the Spartans miss the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year.

"Our team didn't do as well as we wanted to," Chelios said. "Kind of a lot of problems. It just didn't work out. It kind of snowballed from the beginning of the year. Changes have been made. I love coach (Rick) Comley and I like the new coach coming in, so I hope it goes better next year."

Comley, who led MSU to the the 2007 national championship, resigned after the Spartans posted their second losing season in the last three years. Michigan State was 15-19-4, losing in the first round of the CCHA tournament 2-0 to Alaska.

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