10/19/2009 10:04 AM
Last Week’s Results
The Boys Are Back in Town: Following their record five-game season-opening road trip, the Griffins will finally make their Van Andel Arena debut this Friday, Oct. 23 against the Abbotsford Heat, the start of an unprecedented three-game weekend to begin their home schedule. Grand Rapids, which is aiming to sell out its home opener for the 14th consecutive season, will play three home games in three nights for just the fourth time in its history, capping off the weekend with a Saturday visit by the Toronto Marlies and a Sunday rematch with Abbotsford. Single-game tickets for all 40 home games are on sale at all Star Tickets outlets, including the Zone and Meijer stores, or online through griffinshockey.com, while group, full-season and mini-plan ticket packages are available by calling the Griffins at (616) 774-4585.
Promotional Highlights: Fri. vs. Abbotsford, Opening Night Celebration presented by Comcast: Pre-game laser light show, glow mugs to the first 5,000 fans, Dollar Beers and Dollar Dogs from 6-8 p.m. (while supplies last), College Night presented by McFadden’s, 2009-10 magnet schedules at the exits, and a post-game open skate. Sat. vs. Toronto: Laser light player intros, 2009-10 magnet schedules at the entrances, 2,500 Griffins posters at the exits, and Griffins post-game autographs in the Huntington Club. Sun. vs. Abbotsford: $1 Pepsi products and $1 Cole’s Breadsticks from 4-6 p.m., Griffins player card strips to the first 1,000 kids courtesy of Play N Trade Alpine, 2009-10 magnet schedules at the exits, Library Night, Reading Goals redemptions, and a post-game open skate. For complete information on all Griffins promotions, click here.
Griffins on ESPN: The Griffins games this Friday and Sunday against Abbotsford kick off a schedule of eight regular season contests that will be broadcast on ESPN 96.1 FM, the new all-sports sister station to the Griffins’ flagship, Newsradio WOOD 1300. Other dates include Dec. 13 and 27, Jan. 17, Feb. 21, and March 14 and 21.
Free Tickets for the Unemployed: Hundreds of local unemployed workers and their family members are receiving free tickets to Sunday’s game, thanks to the new “Griffins Give Back” program. Through this first initiative of the program, a minimum of 1,000 lower bowl tickets are being distributed this week through the two Grand Rapids offices of Michigan Works! (1560 Leonard NE and 622 Godfrey SW). While supplies last, those who visit Michigan Works! in person and present both proof of unemployment and a valid Michigan photo I.D. can receive up to four free tickets to Sunday’s game.
Youth Not Wasted on Young: Rookie left wing Tomas Tatar earned an assist in his Griffins debut on Sunday at the tender age of 18 years, 10 months and 17 days, becoming the youngest player to skate in the AHL this season.
Unfamiliar Feeling: Last Thursday’s 2-0 loss at Texas marked the first time in Curt Fraser’s tenure as head coach that the Griffins finished a game with a zero on the scoreboard. Grand Rapids was technically shut out once last season but earned the win with a 1-0 shootout decision over Quad City on Jan. 24, 2009. Prior to Thursday, the Griffins hadn’t finished a game with nothing to show for their efforts since a 2-0 loss at Toronto on April 2, 2008.
103 and Counting: Texas Stars center Aaron Gagnon, who appeared in 61 games for Grand Rapids last season, became the 103rd former Griffin to play in the NHL when he made his debut with the Dallas Stars in their 3-0 loss to Boston on Friday. He saw 9:06 of ice time before being reassigned to Texas on Sunday.
Get it Out of Your System: A few notables from last weekend and the start of the Griffins’ 2009-10 campaign:
Milestones: Doug Janik’s first assist on Saturday at San Antonio marked the 100th point of his AHL career…Jamie Tardif needs one point for 100 as a pro…On Sunday, Mike Walsh logged the 200th game of his pro career…Evan McGrath needs two points to become the 20th player to reach 100 points in a Griffins uniform and two goals to reach 50 as a pro…Andy Delmore is five points away from 400 for his pro career.
Fri., Oct. 23 vs. Abbotsford Heat (3-0-2-1) – Van Andel Arena – 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 24 vs. Toronto Marlies (2-2-1-0) – Van Andel Arena – 7 p.m.
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