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Raising Kids In Traverse City

With a few exceptions (Smith, Andersson, Emmerton and Pyett), the future of Wing hockey has descended on TC.  Bruce MacLeod’s first report from the prospect tourney features an outlook from the league’s most valuable assistant GM.

“The biggest part of it is we get to judge the kids against their own level,” said Nill. “Before, we’d have a training camp and the Kindls, Rynos, Ritolas would have to play against Nick Lidstrom, Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan. First of all, they’re going to be in total awe of these guys, so they’re nervous. They’re probably not as strong as the veterans. They can’t really show what they can do. If a guy’s a big hitter, he’s not going to run into Nick Lidstrom. He’s just not going to do it in training camp. There’s too much respect.”

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