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Griffins' NHL Alumni

PIPELINE TO THE NHL


Since the Griffins' inception in 1996, 146 different players - 20 goalies and 126 skaters - have gone on to play at least one game in the National Hockey League.

Some of the more accomplished members of the Griffins' alumni class include 15 Stanley Cup champions, a Calder Trophy finalist (Jimmy Howard) and a Lady Byng winner (Pavol Demitra).

A few facts of note:

  • A Griffins alumnus has had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup in five of the last seven years (2008-2011; 2013) and in seven of the last 10 seasons.
     
  • Fifteen former Griffins were on the playoff roster of the 2008 Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings, nine of whom now have their names engraved on the Cup: Niklas Kronwall, Jiri Hudler, Valtteri Filppula, Brett Lebda, Derek Meech, Darren Helm, Tomas Kopecky, Darren McCarty and Chris Osgood.
     
  • Forty-five Griffins alumni logged ice time with 14 NHL teams during the 2013-14 season.
     
  • All 30 NHL teams have had a former Griffin play for them at some point.
     
  • Seventy-seven players have made their NHL debuts after first playing for the Griffins, including 52 who made their debut during the same season they played in Grand Rapids.
     
  • In addition, two Griffins head coaches - Guy Charron and Bruce Cassidy - moved on to the NHL the season after winning Coach of the Year honors in Grand Rapids, while three assistant coaches eventually advanced to assistant positions in the NHL (Curtis Hunt, Kelly Miller and Todd Nelson).

 

Griffins' Honor Roll of NHL Alumni
Graduate # Player NHL Debut/Return 2014-15 NHL Club
1 Pavol Demitra 3/17/97 STL at PHX  
2 Kevyn Adams* 10/1/97 TOR vs. WSH  
3 Tyler Moss* 10/28/97 CGY vs. PIT  
4 Michel Picard 1/6/98 STL at SJ  
5 Jeff Nelson 10/10/98 NSH vs. FLA  
6 Patrick Traverse 10/10/98 OTT at COL  
7 Mark Greig 1/7/99 PHI vs. NYI  
8 Radim Bicanek 2/1/99 OTT at VAN  
9 Robert Petrovicky 2/15/99 TB at NYI  
10 Andrei Vasilyev 3/5/99 PHX vs. DET  
11 Todd Hlushko 4/25/99 PIT vs. NJ  
12 Patrick Lalime 10/2/99 OTT at PHI  
13 Glen Metropolit* 10/2/99 WSH at FLA   
14 Kevin Miller  10/31/99 OTT at ATL   
15 Karel Rachunek*  10/31/99 OTT at ATL   
16 Erich Goldmann*  11/11/99 OTT vs. NSH   
17 Yves Sarault  11/20/99 OTT at NJ   
18 John Gruden  11/30/99 OTT vs. CHI   
19 Mike Fountain  12/3/99 OTT at NJ   
20 Dave Van Drunen*  12/13/99 OTT at TOR   
21 Petr Schastlivy*  1/3/00 OTT vs. NJ   
22 John Emmons*  1/6/00 OTT vs. PHX   
23 Slava Butsayev  1/28/00 OTT at BUF   
24 Aris Brimanis  2/13/00 NYI at NYR   
25 Dieter Kochan*  3/28/00 TB vs. DAL   
26 Jani Hurme*  4/9/00 OTT vs. TB   
27 Shane Hnidy*  10/5/00 OTT at BOS   
28 Donald MacLean  10/14/00 TOR vs. OTT   
29 David Oliver  11/4/00 OTT vs. CBJ   
30 Jamie Rivers  11/12/00 OTT at CAR   
31 Sean Gagnon  11/26/00 OTT at NYR   
32 Joel Bouchard  11/29/00 PHX at COL   
33 Mike Crowley  12/8/00 ANA at MIN   
34 Ivan Ciernik  1/23/01 OTT at NYI   
35 Darren Rumble  2/6/01 STL at COL   
36 Joel Kwiatkowski*  2/19/01 OTT at BUF   
37 Todd White  2/19/01 OTT at BUF   
38 Chris Neil 10/3/01 OTT at TOR  Ottawa
39 Toni Dahlman*  1/3/02 OTT vs. WSH   
40 Steve Martins  1/11/02 OTT at FLA   
41 Kip Miller  1/17/02 NYI at SJ   
42 Jody Hull (cs) 2/4/02 OTT at TB   
43 Dmitry Afanasenkov  2/6/02 TB at FLA   
44 Simon Lajeunesse*  3/7/02 OTT at SJ   
45 Martin Prusek*  3/23/02 OTT vs. ATL   
46 Chris Bala*  3/27/02 OTT at NYI   
47 Neil Little*  3/28/02 PHI at CAR   
48 Josh Langfeld*  3/30/02 OTT vs. TB   
49 Gaetan Royer*  4/1/02 TB vs. NYR   
50 Jason Spezza 10/24/02 OTT at BOS  Dallas
51 Sean Avery  10/29/02 DET vs. SJ   
52 Jason Doig  12/3/02 WSH at PIT   
53 Jason Williams  12/5/02 DET at PHX 
54 Patrick Boileau  12/19/02 DET vs. DAL   
55 Stacy Roest  2/20/03 DET vs. EDM   
56 Wade Brookbank*  10/9/03 NSH vs. ANA   
57 Julien Vauclair*  10/25/03 OTT at MTL   
58 Jiri Hudler  10/29/03 DET vs. STL  Calgary
59 Curtis Joseph (cs) 10/30/03 DET at NSH   
60 Darryl Bootland*  11/8/03 DET vs. NSH   
61 Mark Mowers  11/19/03 DET vs. CBJ   
62 Nathan Robinson*  11/28/03 DET vs. NYI   
63 Blake Sloan  12/4/03 DAL at LA   
64 Niklas Kronwall 12/10/03 DET at BUF  Detroit
65 Ryan Barnes*  12/15/03 DET vs. FLA   
66 Chris Kelly 2/5/04 OTT vs. TOR  Boston
67 Marc Lamothe  2/23/04 DET at EDM   
68 Anders Myrvold  2/26/04 DET at CGY   
69 Mathieu Chouinard*  2/29/04 LA at ANA   
70 Brett Lebda*  10/5/05 DET vs. STL   
71 Mark Eaton  10/5/05 NSH vs. SJ   
72 Chris Osgood (cs) 10/29/05 DET at CHI   
73 Kyle Quincey 11/25/05 DET at ANA  Detroit
74 Jimmy Howard 11/28/05 DET at LA  Detroit
75 Valtteri Filppula 12/15/05 DET at FLA  Tampa Bay
76 Rob Collins*  12/17/05 NYI vs. COL   
77 Manny Legace (cs) 1/5/06 DET vs. STL   
78 David Gove*  1/31/06 CAR at MTL   
79 Tomas Kopecky 2/28/06 DET at SJ  Florida
80 Alexandre Giroux*  3/25/06 NYR at TB   
81 Joey MacDonald 10/19/06 DET at SJ 
82 Derek Meech 12/7/06 DET vs. STL   
83 Matt Ellis 12/18/06 DET at CBJ   
84 Matt Hussey  1/26/07 DET at STL   
85 Sheldon Brookbank 2/6/07 NSH at PIT   
86 Danny Syvret  2/27/07 EDM vs. PHX   
87 Mark Hartigan  11/29/07 DET vs. TB   
88 Drew MacIntyre 12/13/07 VAN at SJ   
89 Peter Vandermeer*  2/10/08 PHX vs. NSH   
90 Jonathan Ericsson 2/22/08 DET at CGY  Detroit
91 Garrett Stafford*  2/23/08 DET at VAN   
92 Darren Helm 3/13/08 DET vs. DAL  Detroit
93 Mattias Ritola*  3/15/08 DET vs. NSH 
94 Clay Wilson*  3/25/08 CBJ at NSH 
95 Darren McCarty  3/28/08 DET vs. STL   
96 Krys Kolanos  11/4/08 MIN at SJ 
97 Landon Wilson  11/22/08 DAL vs. ANA   
98 Bryan Helmer  11/28/08 WSH vs. MTL   
99 Chris Chelios (cs) 12/13/08 DET at PHX   
100 Aaron Downey  1/29/09 DET vs. DAL   
101 Justin Abdelkader  1/31/09 DET at WSH  Detroit
102 Ville Leino*  1/31/09 DET at WSH   
103 Aaron Gagnon*  10/16/09 DAL vs. BOS   
104 Scott Parse*  10/24/09 LA at PHX 
105 Doug Janik  11/3/09 DET vs. BOS 
106 Ryan Keller* 11/25/09 OTT at NJ  
107 Jakub Kindl* 12/3/09 DET vs. EDM Detroit
108 Kris Newbury 12/14/09 DET vs. PHX
109 Darren Haydar 2/10/10 COL vs. ATL  
110 Andreas Lilja (cs) 3/1/10 DET at COL  
111 Jeremy Williams 10/24/10 NYR vs. NJ  
112 Jan Mursak* 12/27/10 DET at COL  
113 Chris Mueller* 12/28/10 NSH vs. DAL NY Rangers
114 Tomas Tatar* 12/31/10 DET vs. NYI Detroit
115 Cory Emmerton* 1/22/11 DET vs. CHI  
116 Patrick Rissmiller 2/23/11 ATL at BUF  
117 Tom McCollum* 3/30/11 DET vs. STL  
118 Gustav Nyquist* 11/1/11 DET vs. MIN Detroit
119 Fabian Brunnstrom 11/5/11 DET vs. ANA  
120 Brendan Smith* 11/17/11 DET at SJ Detroit
121 Mark Cullen 11/29/11 FLA at CAR  
122 Chris Conner 12/2/11 DET at BUF  
123 Joakim Andersson* 12/27/11 DET vs. STL Detroit
124 Ty Conklin 3/21/12 DET at NYR  
125 Riley Sheahan* 4/7/12 DET vs. CHI Detroit 
126 Brian Lashoff* 1/21/13 DET at CBJ Detroit
127 Mike Knuble 1/26/13 PHI at FLA  
128 Jamie Tardif* 2/2/13 BOS at TOR  
129 Petr Mrazek* 2/7/13 DET at STL  
130 Jonas Gustavsson (cs) 2/19/13 DET at NSH Detroit
131 Carlo Colaiacovo (cs) 4/1/13 DET vs. COL
132 Danny DeKeyser 10/2/13 DET vs. BUF Detroit
133 Luke Glendening* 10/12/13 DET vs. PHI Detroit 
134 Xavier Ouellet* 10/21/13 DET vs. SJ  
135 Adam Almquist* 11/4/13 DET at WPG  
136 Chad Billins* 11/5/13 CGY at MIN  
137 Patrick Eaves 12/14/13 DET vs. PIT Dallas
138 Tomas Jurco* 12/15/13 DET vs. TB Detroit
139 Jordin Tootoo 12/19/13 DET vs. CGY New Jersey
140 Alexey Marchenko* 1/4/14 DET at DAL  
141 Teemu Pulkkinen* 3/14/14 DET vs. EDM  
142 Landon Ferraro* 3/18/14 DET vs. TOR  
143 Calle Jarnkrok* 3/21/14 NSH at CGY Nashville
144 Mitch Callahan* 3/25/14 DET at CBJ  
145 Ryan Sproul* 4/13/14 DET at STL  
146
Andrej Nestrasil* 10/9/14 DET vs. BOS Detroit

 

Bold = Has played in the NHL this season
Italics = Had named engraved on the Stanley Cup after playing for Grand Rapids
* = Made NHL debut after playing for the Griffins
(cs) = Joined Griffins on conditioning stint from NHL club