July 4, 2014 at 1:00 am

Wings prospects ready to break the ice at development camp

First-round pick Anthony Mantha skates at the development camp in 2013. He will return to Traverse City Friday. (David Guralnick / Detroit News)

Detroit — Fourth of July: grilling, hitting the beaches ... and hockey.

Hockey?

Well, that’s the plan for 44 players — 26 forwards, 14 defensemen and four goaltenders — scheduled to participate in the annual development camp in Traverse City.

“It’s an education into what it takes to be a pro hockey player,” Tyler Wright, director of amateur scouting for the Red Wings, said of the camp that runs today through Tuesday.

Included in the group are the two most recent first-round picks for the Red Wings, forwards Anthony Mantha (2013) and Waterford native Dylan Larkin (2014).

Also scheduled to attend are defenseman Alexey Marchenko (Grand Rapids), and forwards Tyler Bertuzzi (2013 second round), Andreas Athanasiou (2012 fourth round) and undrafted free agent Tomas Nosek.

Players are given introduction to proper workouts and nutrition and have an opportunity to build relationships.

“They get to learn about us, and what it takes to be a pro hockey player,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “For us, we get an opportunity to learn more about them.”

The prospects are also more relaxed since this camp isn’t competitive — it’s focused on education and instruction.

“They can bond with other players, players who will be their teammates,” Holland said. “It’s a positive experience.”

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Development camp

Development camp

When: Friday-Tuesday, Centre Ice Arena, Traverse City

Admission: $5

FRIDAY

9:45-10:30 a.m.: Off-ice workout (Lidstrom group)

10-11 a.m.: On-ice workout (Yzerman group)

11 a.m.-noon: On-ice workout (Lidstrom group)

11:15 a.m.-noon: Off-ice workout (Yzerman group)

SATURDAY

9-9:45 a.m.: On-ice workout (both groups)

2:15-3 p.m.: Off-ice workout (both groups)

3-5 p.m.: Scrimmage

SUNDAY

8:45-9:30 a.m.: Off-ice workout (Lidstrom group)

9-10:45 a.m.: On-ice skill development, power skating, practice (Yzerman group)

10-11:45 a.m.: On-ice skill development, power skating, practice (Lidstrom group)

11-11:45 a.m.: Off-ice workout (Yzerman group)

MONDAY

8:45-9:30 a.m.: Off-ice workout (Yzerman group)

9-10:45 a.m.: On-ice skill development, power skating, practice (Lidstrom group)

10-11:45 a.m.: On-ice skill development, power skating, practice (Yzerman group)

10-11:45 a.m.: Off-ice workout (Lidstrom group)

TUESDAY

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Scrimmage

12:45-2 p.m.: Off-ice workout (both groups)