When I was growing up. my favorite hockey team was the Kalamazoo Wings. My hometown team. I spent many a nights cheering on the K Wings. And one of the things the tea, was known for, and still are, are colored ice games.
When the "Three Stars of the Game" happen at Van Andel Arena, I pick from 3 or 4 songs to play. "Shining Star" by Earth, Wind and Fire or "Starry Eyed Surprise". Maybe even "Counting Stars". But I didn't expect when the Stars won in overtime Friday night I didnt think the Stars would end the Griffs season so quick.
The Griffs have their proverbial backs against the wall tonight. It's Game 3 of the Calder Cup Western Conference Semifinals against the Texas Stars. The Stars lead the series 2-0. The Stars also won the regular season title. But the Griffins beat them 3 out of 4 this regular season.
More fun from Star Wars Night at the Griffins game from the weekend! Over 40 Star Wars characters wandered around Van Andel Arena all game long, throwing out t shirts and other fun stuff. AND playing broomball!
The Griffins, being the farm team of the Red Wings, have 2 jobs. Try and win the Calder Cup and get players ready for the NHL. And they have done a pretty good job of both. One of the Red Wings prospects, Teemu Pulkkinen, is turning into one of those stars.
See! I told you I'd have a better Picture of the Day after my selfie!
The photo is the skyline of Detroit from the press box at Comerica Park.
I was there Monday night for the Hockeytown Winter Classic outdoor game! The Grand Rapids Griffins and Toronto Marlies duked it out for 65-plus minutes before Toronto won 4-3 in a shootout.
More than 20,337 fans were at the game. And even though it was 17
The Grand Rapids Griffins' first outdoor game in a history dating to 1996 was a memorable one.
The Griffins dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Toronto Marlies before 20,337 fans at Comerica Park in Detroit on Monday night.
Luke Glendening, a graduate of East Grand Rapids High School and the University of Michigan, scored two goals in the historic matchup...
The Grand Rapids Griffins are playing a part in American Hockey League and National Hockey League history this week.
The Griffins' first-ever outdoor game is against the Toronto Marlies at Comerica Park in Detroit on Monday, Dec. 30. The game will mark the fifth outdoor contest in AHL history...
I touched on some of this today. It's a REALLY BIG sports weekend in West Michigan. Here's just a smattering of the teams and the action going on this weekend!
High School football playoffs, College football Rivalry Games, College Hockey, Pro Hockey, College Volleyball...and well you get the picture.