Thanks to the amazing contributions of underrated AHL veterans like Matt Ford, Brian Lashoff, Dylan McIlrath, Colin Campbell, and Turner Elson are doing their part in shaping a team and future players for success.
Grand Rapids can boast being an integral part of numerous now-NHL players’ stories. As the primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, the Griffins and their fans have the honor of being considered home by many elite skaters. The trials of the players are often overlooked and reduced to their on-ice stats. How many goals they score become more important than them as people. Their struggles, endless travel, and sometimes never really having a place to call home doesn’t show on paper at the end of 60 minutes.
The Grand Rapids Griffins have been climbing their way to the top of the Central Division. It’s a tight division and has seen a ton of fluctuation but throughout, there have been several key Griffins making strides and becoming impact players for the team.