01/25/2011 10:17 AM
This Week’s Games
Last Week’s Results
Fun at the Van: Fri. vs. RFD - Dollar Beers, Dollar Dogs returns from 6-8 p.m. (while supplies last), while other promotions include College Night and the D-Zone.
Emmerton Gets The Call: The Red Wings on Saturday morning recalled center Cory Emmerton from the Griffins, and he made his NHL debut that afternoon in Detroit’s 4-1 loss to Chicago. The 115th Griffins alumnus to play in the NHL, Emmerton duplicated Tomas Tatar’s feat from New Year’s Eve by scoring a goal in his first NHL contest. The 22-year-old ranks among the Griffins’ leaders with 17 assists (3rd) and 23 points (T5th) in 33 games, despite missing 12 contests due to injury during December.
It’s All Over But the Giving: The Griffins’ Great Skate Winterfest concluded at Rosa Parks Circle on Sunday with the ninth annual Great Skate, capping off what promises to be an unprecedented fundraising total for the event. Sponsorship and donation totals are still being tallied, but a record $7,322 in pledges alone has been raised to date by Griffins players, Griffins Youth Foundation players and members of the public who collected online pledges for their participation in the Great Skate. For the next two months, fans can still make a donation in the name of their favorite player by going to griffinshockey.com/greatskate, with all proceeds benefiting the Griffins Youth Foundation.
Taking a Lickin’ From the Land of Lincoln: The Griffins are on a 2-23-1-2 skid against teams from the state of Illinois. Dating to last season, they are 2-8-0-0 (0.200) in their last 10 against Chicago, 0-6-1-1 (0.125) in their last eight against Rockford, and 0-9-0-1 (0.050) in their last 10 against Peoria.
Filppula Added to All-Star Roster: Griffins forward Ilari Filppula on Friday was added to the Western Conference roster for the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross, which will be held Jan. 30-31 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Next Monday’s All-Star Game will be televised live at 7 p.m. throughout Michigan on Fox Sports Detroit. Filppula and Peoria Rivermen forward T.J. Hensick were chosen to replace Hamilton Bulldogs forwards David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty, who will both miss the event while on recall to the Montreal Canadiens. Filppula will serve as the Griffins’ lone all-star representative in place of injured rookie defenseman Brendan Smith. The older brother of former Griffin, current Detroit Red Wing and 2006 AHL All-Star Classic participant Valtteri Filppula, Ilari currently leads Grand Rapids with 33 points, 15 goals, six power play goals and 15 power play points through 43 games. The 29-year-old also ranks second on the club with 18 assists during his first season in North America. A native of Vantaa, Finland, Filppula led TPS Turku to the Finnish Elite League championship last season, earning the Jari Kurri Trophy as playoff MVP. He signed a one-year contract with the Red Wings last summer.
Amadio Signs Extension: The Griffins on Friday signed defenseman Greg Amadio to a two-year contract extension, securing the services of the two-time Calder Cup champion through the 2012-13 season. The 29-year-old alternate captain signed a one-year deal with Grand Rapids last summer, returning to the team with which he gained his first significant AHL experience. In 46 games this season, he has recorded six points – including his first two goals as a Griffin – along with a team-high 158 penalty minutes. Amadio won the Calder Cup each of the last two seasons as a member of the Hershey Bears, cementing a reputation as a tough, reliable defenseman. He led the Bears in penalty minutes each season, logging AHL career highs with 171 PIM and 10 points (2-8—10) in 2009-10. After making his AHL debut in one game with Manitoba in 2004-05, Amadio spent the next season and a half with the Griffins, totaling 236 PIM and five assists in 99 contests. He appeared in an AHL career-high 64 games with Grand Rapids in 2005-06, helping the Griffins capture the league’s regular season championship.
Bodies Wanted: The Griffins have been without the services of numerous regulars of late. Here is a rundown:
Milestones: Jamie Tardif passed Matt Ellis and moved into fifth place on the Griffins’ all-time games played list by appearing in his 283rd contest on Jan. 18. Next in his sights will be fourth-place Darryl Bootland (293). In addition, Tardif’s goal last Tuesday was his 65th as a Griffin, which tied Jiri Hudler for sixth all time…Curt Fraser has logged 206 games as the Griffins’ head coach, putting him two behind all-time leader Danton Cole (208 games coached from 2002-05)…Derek Meech is two games shy of 400 as a pro.
Wed., Jan. 26 at Rochester Americans (18-23-3-2) – Blue Cross Arena – 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 28 vs. Rockford IceHogs (19-18-1-4) – Van Andel Arena – 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 29 at Peoria Rivermen (27-15-2-1) – Carver Arena – 8:35 p.m.
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