GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday announced their schedule for the 2020-21 American Hockey League season. It will mark the franchise’s 25th campaign overall, 20th as members of the AHL and 19th as the primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.
Under third-year head coach Ben Simon, the Griffins will begin their 30-game schedule on the road on Friday, Feb. 5 against the Chicago Wolves at 8 p.m. EST, kicking off a four-game road stretch that is the Griffins’ second-longest ever to start a season (five straight in 2009-10).
The Griffins will make their home debut on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. when the Cleveland Monsters visit Van Andel Arena for Opening Night presented by Huntington Bank, ending a 346-day home-game drought that dates to their victory over the Iowa Wild on March 11, 2020.
The 14-week slate will conclude with another trip to West Michigan by the Monsters on Saturday, May 15, the latest date ever for a Griffins regular season game. Grand Rapids is scheduled to play nine of its final 12 contests at Van Andel Arena, comprising the most friendly season-ending schedule by far in franchise history. Never before have the Griffins played more than six of their final dozen games at Van Andel Arena.
Grand Rapids’ schedule will be comprised exclusively of Central Division rivals, with 10 games against Chicago, eight versus both Cleveland and the Rockford IceHogs, and four against the Iowa Wild. Cleveland has returned to the Central Division and Western Conference after a two-year stint in the Eastern Conference’s North Division.
The Griffins’ five games in the Windy City this season will be played at the Wolves’ practice facility, the Triphahn Center Ice Arena in Hoffman Estates, as Chicago has temporarily relocated from its longtime den at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
The Griffins will commence their training camp on Sunday, Jan. 31 at Van Andel Arena.
While the Griffins remain hopeful for the potential to host fans at Van Andel Arena at some point, it is anticipated that the season will begin without fans in attendance. Fans are encouraged to watch the games via a subscription to AHLTV ($34.99 for all 30 Griffins games), tune in on Newsradio WOOD 106.9 FM/1300 AM, and follow the team’s social media channels. Important information for Griffins season ticket members is available at griffinshockey.com.
Grand Rapids Griffins 2020-21 Schedule
|Fri., Feb. 5||@ Chicago Wolves||8 p.m.|
|Thu., Feb. 11||@ Chicago Wolves||3 p.m.|
|Sat., Feb. 13||@ Cleveland Monsters||4 p.m.|
|Thu., Feb. 18||@ Rockford IceHogs||7 p.m.|
|Sat., Feb. 20||CLEVELAND MONSTERS||4 p.m.|
|Fri., Feb. 26||CHICAGO WOLVES||7 p.m.|
|Sun., Feb. 28||@ Chicago Wolves||4 p.m.|
|Wed., March 3||@ Rockford IceHogs||7 p.m.|
|Thu., March 11||@ Rockford IceHogs||7 p.m.|
|Sat., March 13||ROCKFORD ICEHOGS||7 p.m.|
|Tue., March 16||ROCKFORD ICEHOGS||7 p.m.|
|Fri., March 19||CHICAGO WOLVES||6 p.m.|
|Sat., March 20||@ Cleveland Monsters||7 p.m.|
|Tue., March 23||CHICAGO WOLVES||7 p.m.|
|Fri., March 26||@ Iowa Wild||8 p.m.|
|Sat., March 27||@ Iowa Wild||7 p.m.|
|Thu., April 1||@ Chicago Wolves||3 p.m.|
|Sat., April 3||@ Cleveland Monsters||7 p.m.|
|Sat., April 10||ROCKFORD ICEHOGS||7 p.m.|
|Fri., April 16||IOWA WILD||7 p.m.|
|Sat., April 17||IOWA WILD||7 p.m.|
|Wed., April 21||CLEVELAND MONSTERS||7 p.m.|
|Wed., April 28||ROCKFORD ICEHOGS||7 p.m.|
|Sat., May 1||@ Rockford IceHogs||7 p.m.|
|Wed., May 5||CLEVELAND MONSTERS||7 p.m.|
|Fri., May 7||CHICAGO WOLVES||7 p.m.|
|Sun., May 9||@ Chicago Wolves||4 p.m.|
|Wed., May 12||CHICAGO WOLVES||7 p.m.|
|Fri., May 14||@ Cleveland Monsters||7 p.m.|
|Sat., May 15||CLEVELAND MONSTERS||7 p.m.|
Griffins 2020-21 Schedule Breakdown
Season Opener: Fri., Feb. 5 at Chicago Wolves
Home Opener: Sat., Feb. 20 vs. Cleveland Monsters
Season/Home Finale: Sat., May 15 vs. Cleveland Monsters
Chicago – 10 (5 home, 5 road)
Cleveland and Rockford – 8 (4 home, 4 road)
Iowa – 4 (2 home, 2 road)
By Day (Home)
Saturday - 5, Wednesday and Friday - 4, Tuesday - 2
By Day (Road)
Saturday - 5, Thursday - 4, Friday - 3, Sunday - 2, Wednesday - 1
By Month (Home)
April - 5, March and May - 4, February - 2
By Month (Road)
February and March - 5, May - 3, April - 2
5 games: April 10-28
Longest Road Trip
4 games: Feb. 5-18 and March 26-April 3
Photo by Mark Newman/Griffins