The Afternoon Shift – Dec. 2

Yet another example of our impeccable timing...

Sports Illustrated and the Madden NFL video game have their infamous cover curses. By contrast, our beloved Griffiti magazine has a not-as-well-known cover blessing.

For one issue, at least.

Griffins leading scorer and Livonia native Chris Conner was called up by Detroit late Wednesday night and will make his Red Wings debut tonight when they visit Buffalo at 7:30 p.m.

Conner, a former member of the Pittsburgh Penguins whose 23 points (6-17–23) for Grand Rapids place him sixth in the AHL’s scoring race, will become the Griffins’ 122nd NHL alumnus on the same night that he debuts as the cover boy for this season’s second issue of Griffiti. Writer Mark Newman provides an intriguing profile of the undersized forward who has had an oversized impact on the Griffins this season.

For the uninitiated, there are several ways to experience Griffiti in addition to the print editions that are distributed free at every home game. Every issue since the start of the 2010-11 campaign is available in its entirety in digital form at, and the feature articles from every issue dating back to 2001-02 can be found at Also, smartphone users can access Griffiti video interviews and other YouTube content via QR codes found within the magazine.

Happy reading!

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