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Detroit Recalls Givani Smith

November 11, 2019 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Grand Rapids Griffins News Release

Grand Rapids Griffins forward Givani Smith
Grand Rapids Griffins forward Givani Smith
(Grand Rapids Griffins, Credit: Sam Iannamico/Griffins)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Detroit Red Wings on Monday recalled forward Givani Smith from the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Smith, 21, has tallied seven points (3-4-7) and a team-high 27 penalty minutes in 10 games with the Griffins this season. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound winger got his first taste of NHL action with the Red Wings earlier in the campaign, appearing in three games from Oct. 25-29 and averaging 10:32 of ice time. He became the 180th Griffins alumnus to play in the NHL when he made his debut on Oct. 25 vs. Buffalo at Little Caesars Arena.

A second-round selection, 46th overall, by the Red Wings in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Smith made his pro debut with the Griffins during a three-game stint near the end of the 2016-17 season. During his rookie year in 2018-19, he recorded 13 points (6-7-13) and ranked eighth among first-year AHL skaters with 86 PIM in 64 regular season games for Grand Rapids before posting two assists and nine PIM in four Calder Cup Playoff contests. He has skated in 77 career AHL games, totaling 20 points (9-11-20) and 115 PIM.

Prior to turning pro, the Toronto, Ontario, native played four seasons (2014-18) in the Ontario Hockey League. In 236 games between Barrie, Guelph and Kitchener, he accumulated 135 points (73-62-135) and 411 PIM and twice led the league in PIM (2016-17 and 2015-16).

The Griffins (6-6-1-1) are in Cleveland to play the Monsters tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Single-game tickets are currently on sale. Fans can secure their full-season, select-season or group ticket packages by calling (616) 774-4585 ext. 2 or visit for more information.

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