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League: American Hockey League
NHL-affiliated team: Detroit Red Wings
Team colors: Navy blue and gold
Accolades: Calder's Cup in 2013, 2017
Home Stadium: Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Grand Rapids Griffins TicketsThe Grand Rapids Griffins have been thrilling ice hockey fans with their sportsmanship on the ice since 1996, back when the team was an independent member of the International Hockey League. In 1999, the team began a three-year run as an affiliate of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators which ended when the Griffins joined the American Hockey League in 2001. In 2002, the Grand Rapids Griffins played their first season as affiliates of the Detroit Red Wings, and that affiliation continues to this day. The Griffins continue to show their strength, winning the American Hockey League's Calder Cup in 2013 and again in 2017. At both of these championship games, the Grand Rapids Griffins beat the Syracuse Crunch for the Cup. Several players to don the Griffins jersey have gone on to play with Stanley Cup Finals-winning teams. Some of these players include Valtteri Filppula, Niklas Kronwall, Brett Lebda, Jiri Hudler, Derek Meech, Darren Helm, Tomas Kopecky, Chris Osgood and Darren McCarty. You can catch all the Griffins action on the ice by picking up your Grand Rapids Griffins tickets right here at StubHub.
Who coaches for the Grand Rapids Griffins?Ben Simon is the head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins and has been coaching in that capacity since 2018. He is the 11th head coach in the Griffins history and previously served as assistant coach for three seasons under Todd Nelson. It was under Ben Simon's leadership as head coach that the Grand Rapids Griffins had their record-setting straight playoff appearance for the 2018-19 season.
Are there any special nights for Grand Rapids Griffins fans?Every Friday night during home games at the Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids Griffins fans that sit in the D-Zone area get $2 beers and hot dogs delivered right to their seat.
What is the capacity for Grand Rapids Griffins fans at the Van Andel Arena?The Van Andel Arena is a multi-purpose venue that brings sporting events, family entertainment and concerts to West Michigan. The arena can accommodate up to 11,000 ice hockey fans.
How many Grand Rapids Griffins have gone on to play for the NHL?Since the beginning of the Grand Rapids Griffins as a team, over 180 players have gone on to play at least one game in the National Hockey League. That number includes several Stanley Cup champions and a Calder Trophy finalist. All of the teams in the National Hockey League teams have had a former Griffin as a member of their team at one time or another. In addition to the players, three head coaches for the Griffins have gone on to coach in the National Hockey League.
Who are the main rivals for the Grand Rapids Griffins?The Grand Rapids Griffins have had numerous rivalries throughout the history of the team. Some of the teams that have historically had a rivalry with the Griffins include the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Rockford IceHogs, the Cleveland Monsters and the Chicago Wolves. Currently, the Milwaukee Admirals are the team’s top rival and most consistent opponent. This rivalry dates all the way back to the 1996-97 season.
Who are some notable Grand Rapids Griffins players to watch?There are several players that have been making a good showing on the ice in recent seasons. Fans hoping to catch the NHL stars of tomorrow on the ice today should keep an eye on Evgeny Svechnikov, Chris Terry, Michael Rasmussen and Matt Puempel. Each of these athletes has been tallying multiple points in games. In addition, Pat Nagle has been racking up the saves and is expected to have a long-playing career.
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