Beginning next season, the team that wins the Traverse City NHL prospect tournament will be awarded with the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup.
Best known for his creation of CapGeek, the website that collected and made public comprehensive salary cap data, Wuest passed away in March 2015 at age 35 after a two-year battle with colon cancer. Wuest's creation, CapGeek, became a major part of the hockey landscape and was utilized by fans, media and members of the hockey community at all levels.
In addition to CapGeek, however, Wuest was also well known for his work on the Detroit Red Wings prospect website RedWingsCentral.com. The website offered in-depth analysis of Red Wings prospects, offered rankings of the players in the Detroit system and gave Red Wings fans an alternate source of finding information about the future of their team.
"(RedWingsCentral)'s exclusive coverage of the NHL Prospect Tournament and Detroit Red Wings training camp were one of the most read sections of the site," the Red Wings said in a statement regarding the naming of the trophy. "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."
Aside from his work with CapGeek and RedWingsCentral, Wuest was a reporter at Halifax's The Daily News and Metro Halifax, as well as a frequent contributor to The Hockey News' Draft Preview and Future Watch issues.
"The Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup recognizes his significant behind-the-scenes contributions to the growth and development of the NHL Prospect Tournament, along with his overall impact on the hockey community," the Red Wings said.
The tournament, which will run for the 17th season in September, has featured such names as Red Wings stars Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, as well as players like Alexander Semin and James Neal.
Detroit, Carolina, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Minnesota, New York and St. Louis will all take place in September's tournament, which will begin on Sept. 11 and end on Sept. 15, culminating with the awarding of the inaugural Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup.