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Griffins Sign Mrazek to ATO, Welcome Back Coetzee and Piche

April 4, 2011 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Grand Rapids Griffins News Release

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday signed goaltender Petr Mrazek (M'RAZ-ihk) to an amateur tryout. In addition, the Detroit Red Wings today reassigned right wing Willie Coetzee and defenseman Sebastien Piche to Grand Rapids from the ECHL's Toledo Walleye.

Mrazek, a 19-year old native of Ostrava, Czech Republic, recently concluded his second campaign with the Ontario Hockey League's Ottawa 67's, where he posted a 33-15-3 record with a 2.84 GAA and four shutouts in 52 games. Detroit's fifth choice (141st overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, he led the OHL with a 0.920 save percentage this season and ranked among the league's leaders in GAA (5th), wins (3rd) and shutouts (T2nd).

Coetzee, 20, has played in 36 games for Toledo this season, showing 20 points (9-11 - 20), four penalty minutes and a minus-2 rating. The Maple Ridge, B.C., native has also logged 25 contests with the Griffins during his rookie campaign, earning five assists, eight PIM and a minus-7 rating.

Piche, 23, has spent the majority of his sophomore pro season with the Walleye, appearing in 48 games. He ranked among the top ECHL blueliners this season with 12 goals (T4th) and 33 points (T10th), while finishing second among Walleye defensemen in points and ranking among the team's overall leaders in goals (T6th), assists (21, 8th), points (9th) and power play tallies (8, 2nd). A native of La Sarre, Quebec, Piche also shows two assists and 13 PIM in 11 contests with the Griffins.

All three players will be available for action when the Griffins visit the Milwaukee Admirals on Wednesday at 8 p.m. EDT.


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