(Release courtesy of Chicago Blackhawks)
CHICAGO - The NHL's Chicago Blackhawks announced their roster for the 2017 Prospect Tournament Tuesday afternoon, which will take place at Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich., from Sept. 8-12. The team includes 24 players (14 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders) - including former Indy Fuel defenseman Robin Press - and will be coached by Rockford IceHogs Head Coach Jeremy Colliton and Assistant Coaches Derek King and Sheldon Brookbank.
Chicago's roster is highlighted by 2016-17 Ontario Hockey League Most Outstanding Player Alex DeBrincat and nine players who played for the Rockford IceHogs last season, including forward Anthony Louis and defenseman Luc Snuggerud. Click here for the full roster.
Press, 22, spent the latter part of 2016-17 with Indy, after beginning the season with Djurgårdens IF of the Swedish Hockey League. In 30 games with the Fuel, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound rearguard recorded two goals and eight assists. A seventh round draft selection of Chicago in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft (No. 211 overall), Press signed a one-year contract extension with the IceHogs for the 2017-18 season back in June.
Blackhawks prospects will compete versus teams from the Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues. Teams are split into two divisions and will square off against each club within their division once during the round-robin before a crossover on the final day of the tournament, with the first-place finishers in each division meeting for the championship on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
Tickets for the 2017 Prospect Tournament can be purchased at Centre Ice Arena or www.centreice.org.
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