If you can’t stand the Heat, then make sure you’re at Van Andel Arena tonight to cheer on the Griffins as they open the 2010-11 regular season against Abbotsford at 7 p.m. Grand Rapids is in hot pursuit of its 15th consecutive opening night sellout, a remarkable achievement considering the nature of minor league sports and the condition of Michigan’s economy, and a testament to the incredible fan support that the team still enjoys after all these years.
Want to jump on board? There’s still time and room, but fewer than 1,000 tickets remained at last check. Get yours here or by calling 800-585-3737.
The Hockey News seems to think good things are in store for the Griffins this season, putting them ninth in their preseason AHL rankings following a playoff-less 2009-10 campaign. Enough talk, though. After six months without Griffins hockey, it’s time to drop the puck!
Today’s Griffins links:
- Pearce heads to Toledo (Grand Rapids Griffins)
- Griffins introduce iPhone app, internet toolbar and digital magazine (Grand Rapids Griffins)
- Ready for action (Grand Rapids Griffins)
- Meet the 2010-11 Grand Rapids Griffins (MLive)
- Veteran Derek Meech calls return to Griffins ‘kind of weird’ but ‘cool’ (MLive)
- Jamie Tardif named Griffins captain once again (MLive)
- Red Wings’ Kirk Maltby will decide future on Monday, appears to be leaning toward retirement (MLive)
- Video: Derek Meech returns to GR Griffins (WOOD TV-8)
Red Wings’ Kirk Maltby wrestling with decision: to play or retire? (Detroit Free Press)
Goodbye to another grinder? (Fox Sports Detroit)
AHL, PHPA ratify new CBA (AHL)
Alumni news and notes:
- Todd Bertuzzi will play tonight for Red Wings, who are looking for second line to be dominant (MLive)
A look at 3 bright spots, 3 concerns for Red Wings (Detroit Free Press)
Ryan Keller names B-Sens captain for the 2010-11 season (Binghamton Senators)