Search Grand Rapids Griffins




04/01/2015 12:04 AM -

Red Wings prospect Petr Mrazek has already led the Griffins to one Calder Cup championship. Will he do it again before graduating to the NHL full time next season?

Petr Mrazek has that swagger. If he were a character out of folklore, he'd be slaying dragons, pulling swords out of stones and rescuing damsels in distress. He has the makings to become a hockey hero for the ages – and he knows it.
The young netminder has all the confidence in the world – and then some – and dreams of the day when he can be considered one of the best goaltenders in the game. And yet such flights of fancy do nothing but foil his focus.
Mrazek has yet to play a full season in the NHL, so nobody is proclaiming him the second coming of Dominik Hasek, his boyhood idol in the Czech Republic, whose unorthodox style allowed him to become a six-time Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's top netminder and the only goaltender to win the Hart Trophy twice as the league's most valuable player.
Still, even at the tender age of 23, Mrazek has demonstrated the kind of talent that prompts grand predictions for his future. He is doggedly determined, unflappable and unflinching in his attitude while showing an uncanny ability to win hockey games at every level.


04/01/2015 12:03 AM -

Griffins left wing Chris Bruton is a battler who is willing to fight with everything he has to win a championship.

Making a career in hockey can be tough. When fighting, figuratively speaking, for ice time is a certainty and fighting toe-to-toe with your opponents becomes your calling card, life isn't easy.
Chris Bruton loves it.
As a boy growing up in western Canada, Bruton embraced the sport of hockey from an early age. As he got older, he realized that he needed to add fisticuffs to his skillset, much to the chagrin of his mother.
"When I started playing pro hockey, I knew I had to find a role to make a living, and fighting kind of stuck with me," Bruton said. "My mom came to one of my first pro games in Abbotsford and during my first shift, I squared off. She got up and walked away. That was it. She hasn't watched a game since."
Bruton has always been a little fearless and has an adventurous side that came with growing up as the middle child in an active family of three boys born to Ed, a corporate attorney, and Catherine, a flight attendant for Air Canada.
"They've been there every step of the way," said Bruton, who speaks of his parents in glowing terms. "They understood my love of the game and they never pressured us in anything. They completely supported us, whether it was the 6 a.m. practices or driving eight hours to watch me play in Spokane in juniors."


04/01/2015 12:02 AM -

Defenseman Brian Lashoff would like to prove that he belongs back in the NHL.

Brian Lashoff didn't expect to play in Grand Rapids this season.
After spending parts of five seasons with the Griffins, Lashoff figured he had put West Michigan in his rearview mirror. Having signed a three-year contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings in February 2013, he looked firmly ensconced in his position on the blueline in Hockeytown.
But the emergence of Red Wings prospects Xavier Ouellet and Alexey Marchenko this season pushed Lashoff down the depth chart and he found himself a healthy scratch more often than not.
Lashoff, who appeared in only three games with Detroit during December, had not played a game in more than a month when the Red Wings assigned him to Grand Rapids after putting him on waivers on Jan. 31.
What some might have viewed as a negative became a positive – for both Lashoff and the Griffins.
"At the end of the day, it became too long between games – I need to play," Lashoff said. "I can't sit there and watch hockey forever. At 24, I'm still a young guy, so it's important for me to play."


04/01/2015 12:01 AM -

The AHL, which has never had a franchise in California, will now have five of them.

California is known for its seismic activity, and the hockey world was rocked recently when the AHL announced that five of its franchises would be moving there next fall for the 2015-16 season, the league’s 80th campaign.
“Relocating five teams is a complex process, and we are very excited to have brought this initiative to a successful outcome,” said AHL president and CEO David Andrews, who explained that the move was the culmination of three years of discussions between the league and western-based NHL clubs.
Full division alignments and schedule formats will be determined by the AHL Board of Directors at a later date, but the move was seen as a major step forward to further align the NHL with the AHL as its top developmental league.
With the vast majority of the AHL franchises located east of the Mississippi, the western-based NHL teams felt they were at a competitive disadvantage in terms of costs, travel time and opportunities for practice. The formation of a Pacific Division will allow the impacted teams to benefit from the close proximity of their operations.


02/06/2015 4:02 PM -
As a highly touted Red Wings prospect, Anthony Mantha is learning it’s a long road from Grand Rapids to Detroit.
Anthony Mantha remembers what it was like when he was first learning to play.
“When you’re young, it’s all about having fun,” Mantha said. “We would go to the park outside and just skate. My dad and my grandfather would take me to free skates and that was the main message, just have fun, probably all the way up to midget AAA.”
Almost from the beginning, Mantha excelled. A natural athlete, he has participated in a plethora of sports – tennis, golf, cross country, handball, soccer, badminton – but hockey was his first love. “Back in those days, it was easy,” he said. “You’re just having fun with your friends and hanging out.”
If Mantha is feeling a little nostalgic about growing up in Longueuil, Quebec, north of Montreal, it’s because his first professional season has not been easy.
Expectations were high. Many people had anointed Mantha to be the next star in Detroit despite the fact that he is only 20 years old and is still learning to use all of his tools.
“For Anthony Mantha, it’s a process,” said Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill. “Everybody wanted to expediate his timeline to a very, very unfair degree. This is a hard, hard league and it’s a huge jump from major junior. I thought the expectations were extremely unfair.”

February 06, 2015 3:54 PM

February 06, 2015 3:48 PM

February 06, 2015 3:42 PM

December 19, 2014 12:04 AM

December 19, 2014 12:03 AM

December 19, 2014 12:02 AM

December 19, 2014 12:01 AM

October 10, 2014 1:15 AM

October 10, 2014 1:07 AM

October 10, 2014 1:03 AM

October 10, 2014 12:57 AM

March 29, 2014 2:12 PM

March 29, 2014 2:02 PM

March 29, 2014 1:56 PM

January 30, 2014 10:28 AM

Search Archive »

Browse by Month »

April 2015
February 2015
December 2014
October 2014
March 2014
January 2014
December 2013
October 2013
March 2013
January 2013
December 2012
October 2012
March 2012
February 2012
December 2011
October 2011
March 2011
January 2011
December 2010
October 2010
March 2010
January 2010
December 2009
October 2009
March 2009
January 2009
December 2008
October 2008
March 2008
January 2008
December 2007
October 2007
March 2007
January 2007
November 2006
October 2006
March 2006
January 2006
December 2005
October 2005
March 2005
February 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
March 2004
February 2004
November 2003
October 2003
March 2003
February 2003
January 2003
December 2002
November 2002
October 2002
March 2002
February 2002
January 2002
December 2001
November 2001
October 2001
© 2015 All Rights Reserved. Grand Rapids Griffins®

Grand Rapids Griffins
130 West Fulton Suite 111
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616)774-4585 (800)2-HOCKEY

Click for the BBB Business Review of this Hockey Clubs in Grand Rapids MI