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      Business booms when pucks drop at prospect tournament

      Thousands of fans, players, scouts and veterans are expected to be at the Traverse City NHL Prospect Tournament kicking off this week. Area businesses say business booms when the tournament is in town.

      "It's a wonderful boost from a business standpoint," said J. Michael DeAgostino, Public Relations Manager for Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. "There will be some nights over the next couple of weeks where the resort will be sold out."

      Local restaurants will also be busy with thousands of people looking for a place to eat.

      The owner of Amical, David Denison, said it was a different atmosphere this time last year because the tournament was cancelled during the NHL lockout.

      He said in years past many players have gone to Amical for dinner.

      "When the Wings are in town along with the other teams it's electric, I mean there's a lot of energy downtown, lot's of people are coming in," said Denison.

      There will be four games played each day for four days at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City. The tournaments are scheduled for September 5, 6, 8 and 9.

      Tickets are still available for the Detroit Red Wings Training Camp, which will be September 12, 13 and 14.

      Tickets for the tournament and camp are $10 a day and are available at the door.

      For more information you can head to the Detroit Red Wings main website ( ) or the Centre Ice website ( ).