The Detroit Red Wings wrapped up their development camp earlier this week in Traverse City.
For former Northern Michigan University goaltender Jared Coreau, it was his first time on the ice with the Red Wings.
Coreau got plenty of work in with Red Wings goaltending coach Jim Bedard and the head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins, Jeff Blashill.
Coreau didn’t leave Traverse City without first talking about his now ‘glory days’ at NMU.
The 6’4” puck stopper credits his former coach for where he is today.
“In terms of stopping the puck, I developed up there (at NMU). The head coach, Walt Kyle, is big on turning (his players) from a boy to a man, so I think my maturity level coming in coming into this camp and this season has definitely grown since I started at NMU,” said Coreau.
When Coreau decided to leave Northern to pursue his NHL dream, Detroit was one of seven NHL teams interested in his services.
After living in the Upper Peninsula the last three years, Coreau knows first hand that the entire state of Michigan is crazy about the Red Wings.
“Up in the U.P. it’s Wing nation,” said Coreau. “I got to see a lot of die hard Wildcat fans, but they are also die hard Red Wing fans, so its good to see,” added Coreau.
Coreau will travel back to Traverse City in September, when the Red Wings begin training camp after Labor Day.