A significant portion of Griffins history will be represented on the ice at Van Andel Arena tonight, in the form of Jamie Tardif, Derek Meech and Jakub Kindl. Together they account for three of the top 14 places on the Griffins’ all-time games played list, and they are among a select group of just 21 players who have logged 200 or more games in a Grand Rapids uniform.
Kindl, who was assigned by the Red Wings for conditioning earlier today, currently stands 14th with 229 games played, and he’ll pass no. 13 Hugo Boisvert (232) and tie no. 12 Todd Nelson (236) if he plays in all seven games during his maximum two-week stint.
Meech broke into the top 10 earlier this season and stands just nine games behind no. 9 Evan McGrath (262).
Tardif, meanwhile, enters the night in a tie for seventh place with Derek King (264), having previously leap-frogged both Tomas Kopecky (243) and McGrath after starting the season in 10th. When all is said and done, Tardif could move up a total of seven spots this season, as Dave Van Drunen (280), Matt Ellis (282), Darryl Bootland (293) and Ryan Oulahen (302) are all within his range.
Should Tardif play in all 80 contests, he’ll finish the campaign at 319 games played for his Grand Rapids career, putting him behind only Michel Picard (364) and Travis Richards (655) on the Mount Rushmore of Griffins hockey.
Today’s Griffins links:
- Kindl arrives for conditioning (Griffins)
- Thompson set to hit 1,000 (Griffins)
- Red Wings rookie defenseman Jakub Kindl goes to Grand Rapids for two-week conditioning stint (MLive)
- Griffins’ Joey MacDonald resumes mentor role, awaits another call from Red Wings (MLive)
- Schedule quirks put Griffins at home often, a place where struggles have been aplenty (MLive)
- Smith tops prelim RWC ranking (Red Wings Central)
- AHL quick hits (AHL)
- Preview: Griffins vs. Admirals (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- Texas Stars defeat Manitoba Moose (Austin American-Statesman)
Alumni news and notes:
- Red Wings’ patience with Jiri Hudler might be wearing thin with forward’s lack of production (MLive)
- Sens need to get their offensive stars going (NHL)
- Video: Every second counts (Jason Spezza assist) (NHL)