Traverse City notes: Ritchie gets taste of European skills training

Sunday, 09.08.2013 / 11:42 AM
Mark Stepneski

Stars prospect Brett Ritchie added a little twist to his offseason preparation this summer, heading overseas to take part in a Swedish Hockey League training camp.

Ritchie and fellow prospect Scott Glennie practiced with HV71 of the SHL (formerly known as the Swedish Elite League) for a week in August.

“It was pretty cool. I’ve never been to Sweden before. I’ve been to Europe before and Sweden is a really nice country,” Ritchie said after a practice at the NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City. “We were there for a week and I learned a lot. They do a lot of different stuff in practice. It’s good to get out of your comfort zone and learn some stuff you might not in North America.”

Ritchie, Dallas’ second round pick (44th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft, said there was a strong emphasis on skills work in the Swedish camp. A lot of it has to do with the style of the European game, which is played on a bigger ice surface.

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