The Afternoon Shift – Oct. 15

One of the best and most satisfying aspects of working for the Griffins is when a player whom you’ve come to know and respect gets his opportunity to play in the NHL. As referenced earlier this week, there are a couple dozen former Griffins currently playing in the NHL, and 110 have made the jump from Grand Rapids to the Show since 1996.

Thanks to malts4me, a frequent contributor to the Griffins Central message board, for posting this video of Mattias Ritola from the Tampa Bay Lightning web site. It’s a little old, and it’s more than a little odd to see Mattias wearing so much blue, but it’s a good find nonetheless. He’s been a healthy scratch for each of the Lightning’s three games – all victories – thus far, but we look forward to him getting a chance to show what he can do.

Today’s Griffins links:

AHL links:

Alumni news and notes:

Video: NHL alumni goals

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