Let’s start things off today by wishing Thomas McCollum a happy 21st birthday – minus the whipped cream pie – before acknowledging a very solemn date in our nation’s history.
As all history buffs, veterans and patriots know, today is Pearl Harbor Day, the 69th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base in Hawaii that marked our country’s entry into World War II. The United States sustained tremendous losses in the attack, as 2,402 military personnel and 57 civilians were killed, almost 1,300 were wounded, four battleships were sunk, nearly 20 other ships were damaged or sunk, and 188 aircraft were destroyed.
Time passes quickly, and the youngest surviving veterans of Pearl Harbor are now within three years of their 90th birthdays. Let us never forget the incredible sacrifices that they and all other U.S. veterans have made for our country’s freedom and security.
Tomorrow’s game against Milwaukee marks the first “Wednesday is Hockey Night,” a new partnership between the Griffins, the Arena District, the Downtown Development Authority and the local business community.
Before or after every Wednesday home game, Griffins fans can show their tickets to that night’s game to receive drink specials and 20% off food at participating Arena District restaurants.
Combined with the Griffins’ Winning Wednesday and Library Night promotions, Wednesday nights allow fans to enjoy a night of fantastic downtown dining and hockey at a great discount. For the complete list of nearly 20 participating restaurants and bars – including Peppino’s Sports Lounge, home of the Griffins’ Wednesday post-game parties – please visit griffinshockey.com/hockeynight.
Today’s Griffins links:
- Three home games in five nights await Griffins (Griffins)
- Wednesday is Hockey Night (Griffins)
- Brian Lashoff, Willie Coetzee return to Griffins practice after stint with Toledo Walleye (MLive)
- AHL Weekly: Looking shipshape in Norfolk (AHL)
- Rivermen are making a point in AHL (Peoria Journal Star)
Alumni news and notes:
- Ex-Griffins center Patrick Rissmiller named AHL player of the week while playing for Lake Erie (MLive)