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Griffins Release 2020-21 Schedule

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.

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2020-21 Grand Rapids Griffins Schedule

Grand Rapids Griffins 2020-21 Schedule

DateOpponentTime
Fri., Feb. 5@ Chicago Wolves8 p.m.
Thu., Feb. 11@ Chicago Wolves3 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 13@ Cleveland Monsters4 p.m.
Thu., Feb. 18@ Rockford IceHogs7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 20CLEVELAND MONSTERS4 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 26CHICAGO WOLVES7 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 28@ Chicago Wolves4 p.m.
Wed., March 3@ Rockford IceHogs7 p.m.
Thu., March 11@ Rockford IceHogs7 p.m.
Sat., March 13ROCKFORD ICEHOGS7 p.m.
Tue., March 16ROCKFORD ICEHOGS7 p.m.
Fri., March 19CHICAGO WOLVES6 p.m.
Sat., March 20@ Cleveland Monsters7 p.m.
Tue., March 23CHICAGO WOLVES7 p.m.
Fri., March 26@ Iowa Wild8 p.m.
Sat., March 27@ Iowa Wild7 p.m.
Thu., April 1@ Chicago Wolves3 p.m.
Sat., April 3@ Cleveland Monsters7 p.m.
Sat., April 10ROCKFORD ICEHOGS7 p.m.
Fri., April 16IOWA WILD7 p.m.
Sat., April 17IOWA WILD7 p.m.
Wed., April 21CLEVELAND MONSTERS7 p.m.
Wed., April 28ROCKFORD ICEHOGS7 p.m.
Sat., May 1@ Rockford IceHogs7 p.m.
Wed., May 5CLEVELAND MONSTERS7 p.m.
Fri., May 7CHICAGO WOLVES7 p.m.
Sun., May 9@ Chicago Wolves4 p.m.
Wed., May 12CHICAGO WOLVES7 p.m.
Fri., May 14@ Cleveland Monsters7 p.m.
Sat., May 15CLEVELAND MONSTERS7 p.m.


All Times Eastern
Dates, Opponents and Times Subject to Change
Games Broadcast on AHLTV and WOOD 106.9 FM/1300 AM

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

By Opponent
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

Longest Homestand

5 games: April 10-28

Longest Road Trip

4 games: Feb. 5-18 and March 26-April 3

Photo by Mark Newman/Griffins

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