Grand Rapids Griffins

Griffins' Five-Game Homestand Begins Wednesday

January 20, 2009 - American Hockey League (AHL)
Grand Rapids Griffins News Release

This Week's Games Wed., Jan. 21 - Toronto Marlies at GRIFFINS - 7 p.m. - WOOD 1300 AM /

Fri., Jan. 23 - Quad City Flames at GRIFFINS - 7 p.m. - WOOD 1300 AM /

Sat., Jan. 24 - Quad City Flames at GRIFFINS - 7 p.m. - WOOD 1300 AM /

2009 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Charter Communications - DCU Center - Worcester, Mass. Sun., Jan. 25 - AHL All-Star Skills Competition - 4 p.m. - Fox Sports Detroit PLUS

Mon., Jan. 26 - AHL All-Star Game - 7 p.m. - Fox Sports Detroit PLUS

Last Week's Results Wed., Jan. 14 - GRIFFINS 3 at Hamilton Bulldogs 1 - 24-8-5-3, 56 pts. (T1st, North Division)

Fri., Jan. 16 - Manitoba Moose 6 at GRIFFINS 4 - 24-9-5-3, 56 pts. (2nd)

Sat., Jan. 17 - GRIFFINS 3 at Rockford IceHogs 2 - 25-9-5-3, 58 pts. (2nd)

Mon., Jan. 19 - GRIFFINS 1 at Rockford IceHogs 2 OT - 25-9-6-3, 59 pts. (2nd)

Welcome Home: Grand Rapids, which maintains second place in the North Division with a 25-9-6-3 record and 59 points, will commence a season-high five-game homestand on Wednesday against the Toronto Marlies, followed by a Friday-Saturday set versus the Quad City Flames. The Griffins, who have earned points in 20 of their 23 home games thus far (14-3-3-3), sit just one point behind first-place Manitoba (60) with one game in hand, and five points ahead of third-place Hamilton (54).

Nice to Meet You, Mr. McCarty: Prior to this Saturday's game against Quad City, four-time Stanley Cup champion and current Detroit Red Wings forward Darren McCarty will sign autographs for fans from 6-7 p.m., thanks to Aquinas College. The Red Wings' own Karen Newman will also perform the national anthem prior to the game. In addition, the first 2,000 fans will receive Griffins rally towels, courtesy of Aquinas College, and fans can bring their skates and take to the ice for the post-game open skate.

Friday Fun: This Friday's game against Quad City will mark another Dollar Beers, Dollar Dogs night, with $1 hot dogs and $1 domestic drafts available from 6-8 p.m. while supplies last, as well as College Night and Library Night ($10 lower-bowl ticket with student I.D. or library card). In addition, the first 1,500 kids will receive a Griffins player card strip, which features Justin Abdelkader, Mattias Ritola, Francis Pare, Jason Jozsa and Jan Mursak.

Winning Wednesday: All fans who were in attendance for the Griffins' 6-5 shootout win over Rockford on Jan. 7 can redeem their ticket stub for a free ticket to this Wednesday's game against Toronto. Redem

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