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Griffins Roster & Alumni Tracker

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – This is your one-stop, authoritative source for information on who could play for the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2019-20, who is unsigned, and where former players and coaches will be this fall.

Starting with Grand Rapids' season-ending roster then adding recent Detroit Red Wings draft picks and other new signees to the organization, here are the players who could play for the Griffins next season, unless they make the Red Wings’ roster or are assigned to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye. (Note: This list excludes all 2018-19 Detroit players who were not on the Griffins’ playoff roster.)

Under Contract for 2019-20 (Contract)
D Dennis Cholowski (DET)
D Marcus Crawford (GR)
D Charle-Édouard D’Astous (GR)
F Christoffer Ehn (DET)
F Turner Elson (DET)
F Matthew Ford (GR)
G Kaden Fulcher (DET)
D Filip Hronek (DET)
D Oliwer Kaski (DET)
G Filip Larsson (DET)
D Brian Lashoff (DET)
D Gustav Lindstrom (DET)
F Troy Loggins (GR)
F Jarid Lukosevicius (GR)
F Gregor MacLeod (GR)
D Alec McCrea (GR)
D Dylan McIlrath (DET)
- Re-signed a two-year contract with Detroit on May 9
F Chase Pearson (DET)
F David Pope (DET)
F Matt Puempel (DET)
D Vili Saarijarvi (DET)
F Givani Smith (DET)
F Evgeny Svechnikov (DET)
F Chris Terry (DET)
F Joe Veleno (DET)
F Filip Zadina (DET)

Bold indicates AHL veteran status for 2019-20, meaning he has played 261 or more games in the NHL, AHL and European Elite Leagues. AHL teams may dress no more than six veterans each game, not including goalies.


Seven players from the 2018-19 Griffins are now restricted free agents. Their NHL contracts with Detroit will expire June 30, but the Red Wings could retain their rights by extending qualifying offers by June 25. Those who don’t receive qualifying offers will become unrestricted free agents.

Restricted Free Agents - Detroit
F Martin Frk
D Joe Hicketts
F Axel Holmstrom – Signed a two-year contract with HV71 (SHL/Sweden) on April 30
G Patrik Rybar
F Dylan Sadowy
D Libor Sulak – Signed with Severstal Cherepovets (KHL) on June 4
F Dominic Turgeon


The following players will become unrestricted free agents on July 1 but may be courted to re-sign either NHL or AHL contracts with the organization.

Unrestricted Free Agents (Contract)
F Colin Campbell (GR)
F Carter Camper (GR)
D Jake Chelios (DET) - Signed a two-year contract with Kunlun (KHL) on May 23
D Trevor Hamilton (GR)
F Derek Hulak (GR)
F Wade Megan (DET)
F Bryan Moore (GR)
G Pat Nagle (GR)
G Harri Sateri (DET) - Signed a one-year contract with Sibir Novosibirsk (KHL) on May 27
F Dominik Shine (GR)
F Jordan Topping (GR)


Finally, these are the transactions involving Griffins alumni that have recently taken place. Check back often to see where your favorites will be playing and coaching in 2019-20.

June 17

Drew MacIntyre (2004-06) - Signed a one-year contract with Oji (Asia League/Japan)

June 14

Eddie Pasquale (2016-17) - Signed a one-year contract with Bars Nur-Sultan (KHL)

June 13

Kevin Porter (2014-15) - Signed a one-year contract with Rochester

June 11

Luke Esposito (2017-18) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Bakersfield

June 10

Kevin Tansey (2018-19) - Signed with Orli Znojmo (EBEL/Czech Republic)

June 6
Mattias Janmark (2013-14) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Dallas
Robbie Russo (2015-18) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Arizona

June 4

Libor Sulak (2017-19) - Signed with Severstal Cherepovets (KHL)

June 3

Tylor Spink (2016-17) - Signed a one-year contract with Assat (Liiga/Finland)

June 2

Julien Vauclair (2001-02) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Lugano (NLA/Switzerland)

May 27
Xavier Ouellet (2013-16) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Montreal
Harri Sateri (2018-19) - Signed a one-year contract with Sibir Novosibirsk (KHL)

May 25

Josef Fojtik (2007-08) - Retired

May 23
Jake Chelios (2018-19) - Signed a two-year contract with Kunlun (KHL)

May 15

Jordan Owens (2009-11) - Signed with Melbourne (AIHL/Australia)
Bruce Ramsay (1996-99; AC 2015-18) - Named head coach of Wichita (ECHL)

May 9
Dylan McIlrath (2016-19) - Re-signed a two-year contract with Detroit

May 7

Matt Caito (2016-17) - Signed with KooKoo (Liiga/Finland)

May 3

Chad Billins (2012-13) - Signed with Adler Mannheim (DEL/Germany)
Sebastien Piche (2009-12) - Re-signed with HC Litvinov (Tipsport Extraliga/Czech Republic)

May 2

Joel Chouinard (2014-16) - Retired

April 30
Axel Holmstrom (2016-19) - Signed a two-year contract with HV71 (SHL/Sweden)

April 12
Tyler Barnes (2014-15) - Retired
Jeff Campbell (2006-07) - Retired
Brent Kelly (2004-05) - Retired

April 11
Cory Emmerton (2006-11;13-14) - Re-signed a two-year contract with Lausanne HC (NLA/Switzerland)
Jonas Gustavsson (2012-13;14-15) - Re-signed a two-year contract with Linkoping HC (SHL/Sweden)

April 9
Zack Torquato (2007-09) - Signed with EHC Winterthur (NLB/Switzerland)

April 8
Aaron Gagnon (2008-09) - Re-signed a one-year contract with Langnau (NLA/Switzerland)

March 18
Brad Tapper (AC 2018-19) - Named head coach of the Okanagan Hockey Ontario (OHO) 16U AAA team