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OHL Lake Erie Otters | Erie Insurance Arena

When watching a sport, not many people venture too far beyond their momentary reaction to the game to think of the back-story of the athletes. Very few actually consider the development or sacrifice involved with their chosen sport. Grueling travel, training hours and time away from family play a large role in any sport, especially … Continue reading OHL Lake Erie Otters | Erie Insurance Arena

Development Camp 2017

The weeks leading up to Development Camp have been eventful to say the very least. Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City will be hosting the slew of young-blood coming down the pipes! I will be keeping tabs on these boys from the 7th to the 9th with great anticipation and excitement. Holland and his fellow … Continue reading Development Camp 2017

Nose Goes | Las Vegas Nabs Tomas Nosek

The NHL Expansion Draft had the hockey world up in arms. As all eyes focused on the fate of Petr Mrazek, who was exposed instead of veteran goaltender, Jimmy Howard, Vegas set their sits on Red Wings Prospect, Tomas Nosek. Still reveling in the aftermath of a Calder Cup victory with the Grand Rapids Griffins, … Continue reading Nose Goes | Las Vegas Nabs Tomas Nosek

Quest for the Calder | Finishing Touches

By now, the confetti has settled and the great halls of the Van Andel Arena have fallen silent; void of the hockey fans that graced them only a few days ago. The echos of the crowd chants and whistles have faded into summer. For now, the famous "Freezer on Fulton" will be transformed night after … Continue reading Quest for the Calder | Finishing Touches

Quest for the Calder | Fan Edition

Quest for the Calder - A Friendly Reminder to the Fans I starred blankly at the TV screen from my perch on the couch at the downtown Grand Rapids Peppino's. There's no way the team I just watched get destroyed by Syracuse was the same one I saw the night before. Crestfallen and dismayed, I … Continue reading Quest for the Calder | Fan Edition

Calder Cup Finals | GR vs da ‘Cuse

Anyone who was under the assumption that this would be an easy series is likely second guessing their assumptions - as well they should. Grand Rapids and Syracuse faced off at the Van twice so far this weekend and each game bore markedly different atmospheres. Game 1, held on Friday, packed a healthy crowd of … Continue reading Calder Cup Finals | GR vs da ‘Cuse

Quest for the Calder | Pre-Game Thoughts

Grand Rapids, like many fine cities around our nation, was built on raw determination and an undefeated spirit. Our people are not accustomed to failure, and the failure we have tasted, does not last long. The drama surrounding this year's Calder Cup Finals only serves to heighten that determination. Fueled by  the Griffins' successful home … Continue reading Quest for the Calder | Pre-Game Thoughts

Glorious! Western Conference Victors

Glory comes at a price, $22 a ticket to be exact. I have attended every home playoff game thus far and have yet to regret spending the money or the time. The Griffins did their hometown proud in the would-be final game of series 3 against San Jose, concluding the Western Conference Finals with a … Continue reading Glorious! Western Conference Victors

Quest for the Cup | Game 4 GR vs SJ

Guest Writer: Jenae The Griffins had me worried coming into game four at the Van Andel Arena. Game three had reminded me that the Calder is not going to be easily won. Turn overs, sloppy passing and penalties all contributed to the feeling that “Hey, we could honestly lose this game.” When your team wins…you … Continue reading Quest for the Cup | Game 4 GR vs SJ