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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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Red Wings Prospect Andreas Athanasiou Scores Game-Winner in Game 4 for Grand Rapids Griffins, Series Even at Two

The Grand Rapids Griffins evened their Western Conference Finals series at two games apiece with the Utica Comets Friday night. The Comets dominated the opening period, outshooting the Griffins 12-6. Grand Rapids goalie Tom McCollum was tested early and often, but was up to the task. After a scoreless first, the Griffins would strike first in the second period. Dylan …

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Anthony Mantha Loses Ice Time in Game 3 Loss and Other Griffins Notes

The Grand Rapids Griffins fell to the Utica Comets Thursday night in Game 3 of the Conference Finals. Having split the first two games, the Griffins were unable to take advantage of the home crowd’s enthusiasm in a 4-1 loss. Sven Baertschi scored the first three goals in a natural hat trick, and Grand Rapids was unable to climb out …

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Family Sacrifice and the Surge of Ryan Sproul

It’s April 13, 2014 and the Detroit Red Wings are visiting the St. Louis Blues. On the outside the game seems meaningless: both clubs are headed to the playoffs and it’s Detroit’s last game of the regular season, but for Red Wings prospect Ryan Sproul this is the opportunity of a lifetime. The six-foot-three, 205-pound defenceman logs an impressive 18:25 …

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Anthony Mantha’s Transition from QMJHL Not an Easy One

It’s no secret that Detroit’s first round draft choice of 2014, Anthony Mantha is having a less-than-spectacular season with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins. While enjoying three super-productive seasons with the Val d’Or Foreurs of the QMJHL, he saw his point total increase from 51 (63 GP) in year one to 89 (67 GP) in year two and 120 …

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Andreas Athanasiou Making Big Impact with Griffins, Earning Praise from Coach

It wasn’t the season he pictured coming into the 2014-15 AHL campaign. Sidelined with a broken jaw from mid-December until recently, his progress was halted for nearly two months. He returned just two weeks ago, making up for lost time, very quickly scoring seven points in six games coming into Friday’s contest against the Hamilton Bulldogs, giving him 23 points …

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AHL Realignment Plans

On Thursday, the AHL announced that it would be moving five of its current teams out to California to form a new Pacific Division for the 2015-16 campaign. San Diego, Ontario, Bakersfield, Stockton, and San Jose were the lucky recipients. The teams that will be saying goodbye to their respective towns at the end of the season are the Worcester …

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Dallas Stars Loan Valeri Nichushkin to AHL Affiliates

It appears that Dallas’ favorite Russian teenager will be spending some time in Cedar Park, Texas with the Texas Stars before making a return to full action. 19 year-old forward Valeri Nichushkin has been plagued with a hip and groin injury since before training camp in September and is still not at 100%. His playing time during the preseason was …

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