The Detroit Red Wings are doing their part to honor the late Matthew Wuest.
Wuest, founder of the popular NHL salary website CapGeek, is the new namesake of the championship trophy at Detroit’s annual prospects tourney in Traverse City — the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup.
Wuest, who passed away in March following a battle with colon cancer, had strong ties to the Red Wings organization. In addition to his work with CapGeek, Wuest developed and maintained the now-defunct RedWingsCentral site, which played a key role in covering the early days of the Traverse City tournament.
RWC’s exclusive coverage of the NHL Prospect Tournament and Detroit Red Wings training camp were one of the most read sections of the site. With the help of an on-site contributor, Wuest provided statistical data on the participating teams and players along with exclusive box scores before the use of an online system was employed.
Without his early efforts, the tournament would not have accurate historical statistical data or a complete list of tournament winners, spanning back to the inaugural tournament in 1998.
This year will mark the 17th time the tournament has been played in Traverse City and is slated to feature teams from Carolina, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, New York and St. Louis.