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Hoffa John

John Hoffa

Director of Group Sales


Phone: (616) 774-4585 ext. 3049


Number of seasons with the Griffins (through 2019-20): 15

What you love most about working for the Griffins: Working where people play and the freedom that I have on a day-to-day basis to be creative.

Favorite Griffins memory: The McCarty Hat Trick. The building was electric and the moment was incredible.

Favorite all-time Griffins players: Darren McCarty

Hometown: Riverview, Mich.

States you’ve lived in: Michigan

Spouse’s name/ when you were married: Kristy and I were married 07/07/07.

Children: Scarlett was born in January, 2010.

Pets: Two dogs named Memphis and Simba.

College: Double major in Business Management and Marketing from Grand Valley University, 2005.

Sports idol as a youth: Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings, Barry Sanders and Herman Moore of the Detroit Lions.

As a child you dreamed of becoming: A baseball or football player.

First job: When I was 14, I worked as busboy at a little Italian restaurant outside of Detroit.

Current dream job: Owning my own business

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: The Grand Rapids Rampage

Proudest professional accomplishment: Employee of the Year (2008) and receiving “Award of Excellence” from the AHL in 2010.

Most memorable on-the-job mistake/embarrassing moment: Organizing a “Guns ‘N Hoses” charity afternoon hockey game. Everything went well except we didn’t have a whistle so we had to blow the horn for every stoppage for the first ten minutes of the game.

Favorite charities/charitable causes: American Diabetes Association / Lymphoma Association

Most exciting/unique thing you’ve done or place you’ve visited: Without a doubt, my daughter being born. It was a pretty amazing event to witness.

Sports played growing up: Football, Baseball, Hockey, Rowing, Golf, Basketball – Played just about anything and everything.

Hidden (or not so hidden) talents: I can ride my bike real fast!

An interesting fact about you: My great-uncle is Teamster legend, Jimmy Hoffa.

Favorite foods: Italian food but definitely Mexican food as a close second.

Favorite music artists: Jay-Z, Eminem, O.A.R., Tom Petty and more. I like just about everything (besides country).

Favorite sports movie: Varsity Blues

Favorite website:

Favorite subject in elementary school: Math

Favorite spectator sports: Football, Baseball and Hockey

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Griffins): Michigan Football, Tigers/Lions/Red Wings

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Spending time with my wife and daughter.

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