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Griffins Sign Anselmini to PTO

December 3, 2019 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Grand Rapids Griffins News Release

Defenseman Brandon Anselmini with the Utica Comets
Defenseman Brandon Anselmini with the Utica Comets
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday signed defenseman Brandon Anselmini to a professional tryout.

Anselmini, 26, has appeared in 18 games this season for the ECHL's Toledo Walleye and is the team's leading scorer among defensemen with 11 points (2-9-11) while adding 32 penalty minutes.

In his fourth full professional season, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound blueliner has skated in 142 career ECHL regular games between Orlando (2015-16), Idaho (2016-17), Indy (2017-18), Kalamazoo (2018-19) and Toledo, accounting for 70 points (12-58-70) and 256 PIM. He has played in 13 Kelly Cup Playoff contests and shows four points (1-3-4) and 24 PIM.

Anselmini has logged time in the AHL each of the last three seasons and shows 27 tilts on his resume since 2016-17 between Texas, Rockford and Utica, tallying five points (1-4-5), a plus-one rating and 19 PIM.

Prior to turning pro, the Guelph, Ontario, native played in 149 games for the Ferris State Bulldogs from 2012-16 and totaled 56 points (13-43-56) and 212 PIM. He helped the Bulldogs claim the WCHA championship as a senior in 2015-16 and was twice selected to the conference's All-Academic Team.

The Griffins (9-12-1-1) host Chicago on Wednesday and Rockford on Friday. Both games will begin 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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Defenseman Brandon Anselmini with the Utica Comets
Defenseman Brandon Anselmini with the Utica Comets

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