A second-year pro, Humitz totaled five points (3-2—5) and two penalty minutes in eight appearances with Grand Rapids in 2020-21. The Livonia, Mich., native began this season with the Kalamazoo Wings in the ECHL and recorded two goals in their season opener against the Toledo Walleye. Through three games, Humitz has two points (2-0—2) and a plus-one rating.
King hails from Scottsdale, Ariz., and has spent the previous three seasons in the OHL with Hamilton and Saginaw. The defenseman bagged 24 points (7-17—24) and 140 penalty minutes in 104 appearances at the junior level. King made his pro debut on Oct. 23 with Fort Wayne and is yet to register his first point through two outings.
King’s father Derek also played with the Griffins from 1999-01 and 2002-04, totaling 203 points (73-130—203) in 264 games to rank fifth on the team’s all-time scoring list. The IHL’s regular-season scoring champion from 2000-01 remains the Griffins’ career playoff scoring leader with 41 points (16-25—41) in 46 games. When D.J. makes his debut with Grand Rapids, they will join Chris (2008-09) and Jake (2018-19) Chelios as the second father-son duo to have played for the Griffins.
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