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A 1997-98 Stanley Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings and veteran of 1,068 NHL games, Mike Knuble returns to the Griffins for his fourth season as an assistant coach, having helped guide the team to at least the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs in each of his first three seasons.
Knuble, a native of Kentwood, Mich., logged 16 NHL seasons after being drafted by Detroit in the fourth round (76th overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. The 44-year-old made his NHL debut with the Red Wings in 1996-97 and capped off three seasons in the organization by helping the team win its second straight Cup in 1998, before playing for the New York Rangers (1998-00), Boston Bruins (1999-04), Philadelphia Flyers (2005-09; 2012-13) and Washington Capitals (2009-12).
Born in Toronto, Knuble led the East Kentwood High School Falcons to a Michigan state championship in 1990 and eventually played four seasons at the University of Michigan (1991-95). He even logged one game with the Griffins on Jan. 23, 2013, becoming just the second Greater Grand Rapids native to play for the team.
A member of the 2014 class of the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame, Knuble resides in East Grand Rapids with his wife, Megan, and their three children, Cam, Anna and Cole.