Michigan Players Shine at Red Wings Development Camp

TRAVERSE CITY – Of the 45 players that hit the ice for the 2017 Detroit Red Wings Development camp, nine of them have ties to the mitten.

A great deal of talent can be found for the Red Wings in their own back yard, and for those players it is even more of a dream come true.

“It’s the best.  I mean, growing up in, I mean I lived in Detroit for the first ten years of my life,” forward Dominik Shine said. “So, you know, being a Wings fan is something I’ve always, always been excited for.  So, to be able to put it on is just great."

Shine attended Northern Michigan University and is a native of Pinckney. He recently signed with the Grand Rapids Griffins where he will play next season.

Another native Michigander in attendance was Michigan State defenseman Mitch Eliot.

“You know, you watch NHL teams growing up, and some definitely stick out, and the Wings are one of them obviously, being from Michigan. So, being able to put this gear on, again, is something that I’ll cherish for a long time,” Eliot said.

In his first year as a Spartan, Eliot was the only freshman defenseman to play in all 35 games. He finished the year with three assists and 38 blocked shots. Eliot also played for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL.

The Red Wings will return to Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City for the prospect tournament followed by training camp on September 15.