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

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

Quest for the Calder | Series 2 Recap – Series 3 Preview

Loyal Griffins fans will tell you that they knew all along that the Griffs would beat Chicago to advance to round three of the Calder Cup playoffs. What no fan will tell you (or they will at least hesitate to admit) that there were times when they doubted and held their breath. With a definitive … Continue reading Quest for the Calder | Series 2 Recap – Series 3 Preview

Quest for the Calder | Hattie for Cally

The start of game four had me a little concerned, I'll be honest. The first period was sloppy at first. The vast majority of the game in fact, was full of cheap shots from both teams, poor turnovers, and moments where I felt tired just watching them dump-and-chase from one zone to the next. It … Continue reading Quest for the Calder | Hattie for Cally

Quest for the Calder | GR vs CHI

The playoffs are unpredictable, blood curdling and heart stopping all at the same time. In a nutshell, you should have a Life Alert on you at all times. Saturday's game was the essence of the playoff hockey spirit. After an embarrassing loss to Chicago Friday (pardon the brashness), the Griffins came home to Grand Rapids … Continue reading Quest for the Calder | GR vs CHI