April 6, 2012
by Kyle Kujawa - griffinshockey.com
When the Grand Rapids Griffins announced their Clear Day roster in early March, Riley Sheahan’s name was not on it.
Similar to the NHL’s trade deadline, the Clear Day roster is essentially a playoff roster, a list of 22 names eligible to compete in the rest of the regular season and playoffs. Among other things, it’s designed to prevent a non-playoff NHL team from loading their AHL affiliate’s roster up with waiver-exempt young players for a Calder Cup run.
Exceptions are made for the inevitable injuries and NHL call-ups or, in Sheahan’s case, try-out contracts for young players following the conclusion of their collegiate or junior season.
Sheahan was a junior with the University of Notre Dame this season, and he elected to turn pro at the conclusion instead of staying with the Fighting Irish for his senior year.
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