The Afternoon Shift – Oct. 7

Bob McNamara/Photo by Katy Batdorff-Grand Rapids Press

The Griffins this morning held their first practice of the season on Van Andel Arena’s sparkling new ice sheet, as they continue to prepare for tomorrow’s opener against Abbotsford. Not only will Friday’s game be the first season opener for the Griffins at home in five years, but it will also mark the start of the team’s 10th campaign as members of the American Hockey League and 15th season overall.

My, how time flies.

The Griffins have been through eight head coaches, two leagues and two NHL affiliations, but one constant through it all has been GM Bob McNamara, under whose guidance they’ve claimed two regular season championships and five division titles. The Grand Rapids Press today unveiled its 2010-11 hockey preview section with supplemental coverage on MLive, including a lengthy Q&A with the man who has molded the Griffins since their inception in 1996.

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