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Catching Up With the Grand Rapids Griffins (Including Q&A With Vili Saarijarvi)

The Grand Rapids Griffins qualified for the playoffs after winning the Calder Cup as American League champions last season. They face a do-or-die Game 5 tonight, as their First Round series with the Manitoba Moose is tied at two games apiece. Below is my interview with Finnish defenseman Vili Saarijarvi, followed by my regular season assessments of various Griffins players. …

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Detroit Prospect Joe Hicketts Impressed in Short Time With Red Wings

Joe Hicketts impressed in his short stay in Detroit. The small defenseman plays much bigger than he is, and is never afraid to play the body on his opponent. He demonstrated his booming slap shot and sound positioning. Having played the rest of the year with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American League, he adjusted seemingly with ease to …

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Grand Rapids Griffins Continue Push for Playoffs

The Grand Rapids Griffins hosted the San Jose Barracuda on Friday night as the defending Calder Cup champion Griffins continued their push for the playoffs. They came into the night in third place in the Central Division, while the Barracuda sat last in the Pacific Division. The Griffins dominated the first period, outshooting their opponent 19-6, while the game remained …

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The Grand Rapids Griffins Win the 2017 Calder Cup as AHL Champions

The Grand Rapids Griffins have won the 2017 Calder Cup Championship following a dramatic 4-3 victory over the Syracuse Crunch in Game 6. Tyler Bertuzzi was awarded the title of Playoff MVP, while Martin Frk (who was waived twice before returning to the Griffins early this season) scored the game-winning goal, clinching the team’s second victory in five years. [Full …

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Winning Would Cap Off Roller Coaster Season for Griffins Forward Martin Frk

With Game 5 of the Calder Cup Finals set to take place tonight in Syracuse, New York (7:00 ET), the Grand Rapids Griffins are one win away from their second American Hockey League championship. Of all the players on the roster, one player has had a unique journey this season. 23-year old Czech forward Martin Frk did not expect the roller coaster …

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Griffins Advance to Calder Cup Finals, Will Face Syracuse

8,876 fans were in attendance to witness the Grand Rapids Griffins defeat the San Jose Barracuda in Game 5 Saturday, to advance to the Calder Cup Finals. They won the Robert W. Clarke Trophy as Western Conference champions. Coreau was outstanding, stopping 39 of 41 shots. San Jose dominated early, outshooting the Griffins 8-1 at the midway mark of the …

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Grand Rapids Griffins Take 3-1 Lead in AHL Conference Finals After Decisive 6-2 Victory Friday

The Grand Rapids Griffins entered Friday night with a 2-1 lead over the San Jose Barracuda. With a decisive 6-2 win, they now have a chance to clinch a spot in the Calder Cup Finals with games on back-to-back nights. “This has been a tough series for us,” said Eric Tangradi. “I think we sat around for 8 days, and …

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2017 IIHF World Championship Recap: Day 2

Here’s a summary of Saturday’s IIHF Men’s World Championship games. Switzerland vs. Slovenia 5-4 SO Goalies: Jonas Hiller vs. Gasper Kroselj (1st period) & Matija Pintaric (2nd period – ) The game began with forward Tanner Richard checking Slovenian forward Jan Urbas flying into the Swiss bench. This was followed by a barrage of first period goals by the highly …

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USA defeats Canada in shootout to win Gold at the 2017 World Junior Championship

Six shooters had past. After playing to a 4-4 draw, the gold medal match of the 2017 World Junior Championship between the United States and Canada was primed to drag deeper into its deciding shootout. Until Troy Terry took the ice. The 6-foot native of Denver, Colorado, had been in this situation before. 24 hours earlier, to be exact; when …

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Russia defeats Sweden in Overtime for Bronze at the 2017 World Junior Championships

Russia edged Sweden 2-1 in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship bronze medal game on Thursday. Denis Guryanov scored the overtime winner at 0:33. The goal came from a miscue. Swedish defenceman Rasmus Dahlin, one of two 2000-born players in this tournament, attempted to feed the puck back to scoring leader Alexander Nylander, who couldn’t control it. Guryanov jumped on …

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Troy Terry Tallies USA to Gold Medal Game at the 2017 World Junior Championships

With six points in as many games at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships, Team USA forward Troy Terry has a nose for goals. He’s been described as a strong skater. A solid stick-handler. A sound bottom-six forward. But after his performance in Wednesday’s game against Russia, the University of Denver sophomore can tack slump-buster onto his growing list of …

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Finland Finishes off Latvia at the 2017 World Junior Championships

Finland booked its ticket to the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York with a 4-1 relegation win over Latvia in Game Two on Tuesday night. The Finns won Game One of the best-of-three series 2-1 at the Bell Centre on Monday. Assistant captain Villi Saarijarvi got the third-period winner for Finland and added an assist. Juuso Valimaki …

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Canada survives scare against Czech Republic, Advances to Semis at the 2017 World Junior Championships

Losing in the quarters one year at the World Juniors? Embarrassing. Losing in the quarters two years in a row? Inquests have been called for less in Canada. Fortunately for the Canadians the road to the semis looked fairly painless, with an easy matchup against the Czech Republic their only obstacle en route to a shot at a medal – …

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