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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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Jeff Blashill to Stay Coach of Grand Rapids Griffins

The Detroit Red Wings signed Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill to a three-year contract Wednesday, meaning he will be around at least through the 2016-17 season. In a press release, Ken Holland said “Jeff Blashill has done a tremendous job in Grand Rapids. Our young players were instrumental in getting us into the playoffs for a 23rd straight …

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Griffins Lose Third Straight in First Game of Three-in-Three

On the eve of Team USA’s disappointing loss to Team Canada in the semi-final round of the Olympics, the Grand Rapids Griffins played one of their remaining few games before the NHL season resumed. Friday night’s game was the beginning of a three-in-three home stand (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), just the ninth time in the club’s history that they have hosted …

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Grand Rapids Advances to Calder Cup Finals for First Time in Team History

Last night, the Griffins survived a one-goal game to advance to the Calder Cup Finals.  They will take on the Syracuse Crunch of the Eastern Conference in a seven game series, beginning this Saturday night. On Tuesday night, Grand Rapids was leading 3-1 when the third period began.  Tomas Jurco, Mitch Callahan, and Jeff Hoggan had all scored for the Griffins.  Petr …

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