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Since the Griffins' inception in 1996, 168 different players - 21 goalies and 147 skaters - have gone on to play at least one game in the National Hockey League.

Some of the more accomplished members of the Griffins' alumni class include 16 Stanley Cup champions, a Calder Trophy finalist (Jimmy Howard) and two Lady Byng winners (Pavol Demitra and Jiri Hudler).

A few facts of note:

  • A Griffins alumnus has had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup in six of the last 11 years (2008-2011; 2013; 2016) and in eight of the last 14 seasons.
  • Fifteen former Griffins were on the playoff roster of the 2008 Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings, nine of whom now have their names engraved on the Cup: Niklas Kronwall, Jiri Hudler, Valtteri Filppula, Brett Lebda, Derek Meech, Darren Helm, Tomas Kopecky, Darren McCarty and Chris Osgood.
  • Thirty-seven Griffins alumni logged ice time with 12 NHL teams during the 2017-18 season.
  • All 31 NHL teams have had a former Griffin play for them at some point.
  • Ninety-four players have made their NHL debuts after first playing for the Griffins, including 64 who made their debut during the same season they played in Grand Rapids.
  • In addition, three Griffins head coaches - Guy Charron, Bruce Cassidy and Jeff Blashill - moved on to the NHL the season after winning Coach of the Year honors in Grand Rapids, while three assistant coaches eventually advanced to assistant positions in the NHL (Curtis Hunt, Kelly Miller and Todd Nelson).
Graduate #PlayerNHL Debut/Return2017-18 NHL Club
1 Pavol Demitra 3/17/97 STL at PHX -
2 Kevyn Adams* 10/1/97 TOR vs. WSH -
3 Tyler Moss* 10/28/97 CGY vs. PIT -
4 Michel Picard 1/6/98 STL at SJ -
5 Jeff Nelson 10/10/98 NSH vs. FLA -
6 Patrick Traverse 10/10/98 OTT at COL -
7 Mark Greig 1/7/99 PHI vs. NYI -
8 Radim Bicanek 2/1/99 OTT at VAN -
9 Robert Petrovicky 2/15/99 TB at NYI -
10 Andrei Vasilyev 3/5/99 PHX vs. DET -
11 Todd Hlushko 4/25/99 PIT vs. NJ -
12 Patrick Lalime 10/2/99 OTT at PHI -
13 Glen Metropolit* 10/2/99 WSH at FLA -
14 Kevin Miller 10/31/99 OTT at ATL -
15 Karel Rachunek* 10/31/99 OTT at ATL -
16 Erich Goldmann* 11/11/99 OTT vs. NSH -
17 Yves Sarault 11/20/99 OTT at NJ -
18 John Gruden 11/30/99 OTT vs. CHI -
19 Mike Fountain 12/3/99 OTT at NJ -
20 Dave Van Drunen* 12/13/99 OTT at TOR -
21 Petr Schastlivy* 1/3/00 OTT vs. NJ -
22 John Emmons* 1/6/00 OTT vs. PHX -
23 Slava Butsayev 1/28/00 OTT at BUF -
24 Aris Brimanis 2/13/00 NYI at NYR -
25 Dieter Kochan* 3/28/00 TB vs. DAL -
26 Jani Hurme* 4/9/00 OTT vs. TB -
27 Shane Hnidy* 10/5/00 OTT at BOS -
28 Donald MacLean 10/14/00 TOR vs. OTT -
29 David Oliver 11/4/00 OTT vs. CBJ -
30 Jamie Rivers 11/12/00 OTT at CAR -
31 Sean Gagnon 11/26/00 OTT at NYR -
32 Joel Bouchard 11/29/00 PHX at COL -
33 Mike Crowley 12/8/00 ANA at MIN -
34 Ivan Ciernik 1/23/01 OTT at NYI -
35 Darren Rumble 2/6/01 STL at COL -
36 Joel Kwiatkowski* 2/19/01 OTT at BUF -
37 Todd White 2/19/01 OTT at BUF -
38 Chris Neil* 10/3/01 OTT at TOR -
39 Toni Dahlman* 1/3/02 OTT vs. WSH -
40 Steve Martins 1/11/02 OTT at FLA -
41 Kip Miller 1/17/02 NYI at SJ -
42 Jody Hull (cs) 2/4/02 OTT at TB -
43 Dmitry Afanasenkov 2/6/02 TB at FLA -
44 Simon Lajeunesse* 3/7/02 OTT at SJ -
45 Martin Prusek* 3/23/02 OTT vs. ATL -
46 Chris Bala* 3/27/02 OTT at NYI -
47 Neil Little* 3/28/02 PHI at CAR -
48 Josh Langfeld* 3/30/02 OTT vs. TB -
49 Gaetan Royer* 4/1/02 TB vs. NYR -
50 Jason Spezza* 10/24/02 OTT at BOS Dallas
51 Sean Avery 10/29/02 DET vs. SJ -
52 Jason Doig 12/3/02 WSH at PIT -
53 Jason Williams 12/5/02 DET at PHX -
54 Patrick Boileau 12/19/02 DET vs. DAL -
55 Stacy Roest 2/20/03 DET vs. EDM -
56 Wade Brookbank* 10/9/03 NSH vs. ANA -
57 Julien Vauclair* 10/25/03 OTT at MTL -
58 Jiri Hudler 10/29/03 DET vs. STL -
59 Curtis Joseph (cs) 10/30/03 DET at NSH -
60 Darryl Bootland* 11/8/03 DET vs. NSH -
61 Mark Mowers 11/19/03 DET vs. CBJ -
62 Nathan Robinson* 11/28/03 DET vs. NYI -
63 Blake Sloan 12/4/03 DAL at LA
64 Niklas Kronwall* 12/10/03 DET at BUF Detroit
65 Ryan Barnes* 12/15/03 DET vs. FLA -
66 Chris Kelly* 2/5/04 OTT vs. TOR Anaheim
67 Marc Lamothe 2/23/04 DET at EDM -
68 Anders Myrvold 2/26/04 DET at CGY -
69 Mathieu Chouinard* 2/29/04 LA at ANA -
70 Brett Lebda* 10/5/05 DET vs. STL -
71 Mark Eaton 10/5/05 NSH vs. SJ -
72 Chris Osgood (cs) 10/29/05 DET at CHI
73 Kyle Quincey* 11/25/05 DET at ANA Minnesota
74 Jimmy Howard* 11/28/05 DET at LA Detroit
75 Valtteri Filppula* 12/15/05 DET at FLA Philadelphia
76 Rob Collins* 12/17/05 NYI vs. COL -
77 Manny Legace (cs) 1/5/06 DET vs. STL -
78 David Gove* 1/31/06 CAR at MTL -
79 Tomas Kopecky* 2/28/06 DET at SJ -
80 Alexandre Giroux* 3/25/06 NYR at TB -
81 Joey MacDonald* 10/19/06 DET at SJ -
82 Derek Meech* 12/7/06 DET vs. STL -
83 Matt Ellis* 12/18/06 DET at CBJ -
84 Matt Hussey 1/26/07 DET at STL -
85 Sheldon Brookbank* 2/6/07 NSH at PIT -
86 Danny Syvret 2/27/07 EDM vs. PHX -
87 Mark Hartigan 11/29/07 DET vs. TB -
88 Drew MacIntyre* 12/13/07 VAN at SJ -
89 Peter Vandermeer* 2/10/08 PHX vs. NSH
90 Jonathan Ericsson* 2/22/08 DET at CGY Detroit
91 Garrett Stafford* 2/23/08 DET at VAN -
92 Darren Helm* 3/13/08 DET vs. DAL Detroit
93 Mattias Ritola* 3/15/08 DET vs. NSH -
94 Clay Wilson* 3/25/08 CBJ at NSH -
95 Darren McCarty 3/28/08 DET vs. STL -
96 Krys Kolanos 11/4/08 MIN at SJ -
97 Landon Wilson 11/22/08 DAL vs. ANA -
98 Bryan Helmer 11/28/08 WSH vs. MTL -
99 Chris Chelios (cs) 12/13/08 DET at PHX -
100 Aaron Downey 1/29/09 DET vs. DAL -
101 Justin Abdelkader 1/31/09 DET at WSH Detroit
102 Ville Leino* 1/31/09 DET at WSH -
103 Aaron Gagnon* 10/16/09 DAL vs. BOS -
104 Scott Parse* 10/24/09 LA at PHX -
105 Doug Janik 11/3/09 DET vs. BOS -
106 Ryan Keller* 11/25/09 OTT at NJ -
107 Jakub Kindl* 12/3/09 DET vs. EDM -
108 Kris Newbury 12/14/09 DET vs. PHX -
109 Darren Haydar 2/10/10 COL vs. ATL -
110 Andreas Lilja (cs) 3/1/10 DET at COL -
111 Jeremy Williams 10/24/10 NYR vs. NJ -
112 Jan Mursak* 12/27/10 DET at COL -
113 Chris Mueller* 12/28/10 NSH vs. DAL -
114 Tomas Tatar* 12/31/10 DET vs. NYI Vegas
115 Cory Emmerton* 1/22/11 DET vs. CHI -
116 Patrick Rissmiller 2/23/11 ATL at BUF -
117 Tom McCollum* 3/30/11 DET vs. STL -
118 Gustav Nyquist* 11/1/11 DET vs. MIN Detroit
119 Fabian Brunnstrom 11/5/11 DET vs. ANA -
120 Brendan Smith* 11/17/11 DET at SJ NY Rangers
121 Mark Cullen 11/29/11 FLA at CAR -
122 Chris Conner 12/2/11 DET at BUF -
123 Joakim Andersson* 12/27/11 DET vs. STL -
124 Ty Conklin 3/21/12 DET at NYR -
125 Riley Sheahan* 4/7/12 DET vs. CHI Pittsburgh
126 Brian Lashoff* 1/21/13 DET at CBJ Detroit
127 Mike Knuble 1/26/13 PHI at FLA -
128 Jamie Tardif* 2/2/13 BOS at TOR -
129 Petr Mrazek* 2/7/13 DET at STL Philadelphia
130 Jonas Gustavsson (cs) 2/19/13 DET at NSH -
131 Carlo Colaiacovo (cs) 4/1/13 DET vs. COL -
132 Danny DeKeyser 10/2/13 DET vs. BUF Detroit
133 Luke Glendening* 10/12/13 DET vs. PHI Detroit
134 Xavier Ouellet* 10/21/13 DET vs. SJ Detroit
135 Adam Almquist* 11/4/13 DET at WPG -
136 Chad Billins* 11/5/13 CGY at MIN -
137 Patrick Eaves 12/14/13 DET vs. PIT Anaheim
138 Tomas Jurco* 12/15/13 DET vs. TB Chicago
139 Jordin Tootoo 12/19/13 DET vs. CGY -
140 Alexey Marchenko* 1/4/14 DET at DAL -
141 Teemu Pulkkinen* 3/14/14 DET vs. EDM -
142 Landon Ferraro* 3/18/14 DET vs. TOR Minnesota
143 Calle Jarnkrok* 3/21/14 NSH at CGY Nashville
144 Mitch Callahan* 3/25/14 DET at CBJ -
145 Ryan Sproul* 4/13/14 DET at STL NY Rangers
146 Andrej Nestrasil* 10/9/14 DET vs. BOS -
147 Stephen Weiss (cs) 11/24/14 DET vs. OTT -
148 Mattias Janmark* 10/8/15 DAL vs. PIT Dallas
149 Dylan Larkin* 10/9/15 DET vs. TOR Detroit
150 Kevin Porter 10/10/15 PIT at ARI -
151 Andreas Athanasiou* 11/8/15 DET vs. DAL Detroit
152 Tomas Nosek* 12/26/15 DET at NSH Vegas
153 Eric Tangradi 1/25/16 DET at NYI -
154 Anthony Mantha* 3/15/16 DET at PHI Detroit
155 Alan Quine* 4/9/16 NYI vs. PHI NY Islanders
156 Martin Frk* 10/18/16 CAR at EDM Detroit
157 Tyler Bertuzzi* 11/8/16 DET at PHI Detroit
158 Jared Coreau* 12/3/16 DET at PIT Detroit
159 Nick Jensen* 12/20/16 DET at TB Detroit
160 Drew Miller 2/28/17 DET at VAN -
161 Robbie Russo* 3/7/17 DET at TOR -
162 Dan Renouf* 3/27/17 DET at CAR -
163 Ben Street 3/28/17 DET at CAR -
164 Evgeny Svechnikov* 4/3/17 DET vs. OTT Detroit
165 Matt Lorito* 4/8/17 DET vs. MTL -
166 Kyle Criscuolo* 11/17/17 BUF at DET Buffalo
167 Dominic Turgeon* 1/14/18 DET at CHI Detroit
168 Joe Hicketts* 1/22/18 DET at NJ Detroit
Bold = Played in the NHL during the 2017-18 season
Italics = Had named engraved on the Stanley Cup after playing for Grand Rapids
* = Made NHL debut after playing for the Griffins
(cs) = Joined Griffins on conditioning stint from NHL club