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The Grand Rapids Griffins are a professional ice hockey team based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The team is a member of the North Division in the Western Conference of the American Hockey League (AHL). The Griffins began as an independent expansion franchise in the International Hockey League (IHL) in 1996. After failing to qualify for the IHL playoffs in their third season, the Griffins entered into an affiliation agreement with the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] In the following season, the team finished the regular season in first place in the Eastern Conference and won the conference in the playoffs before losing to the Chicago Wolves in the Turner Cup Finals. In the 2000–01 season – the IHL's last before folding – Grand Rapids captured the Fred A. Huber Trophy as the team with the best regular season record.

Grand Rapids, along with five other IHL teams, joined the AHL in 2001. The Griffins won the West Division in their first season in the league, which was also their last as an affiliate of the Senators. In January 2002, the franchise signed an affiliation agreement with the NHL's Detroit Red Wings,[2] which has since been extended through the 2010–11 season.[3] The Griffins' first season as an affiliate of the Red Wings resulted in the team's winning the Central Division in the regular season and reaching the Western Conference finals in the playoffs, where they lost to the Houston Aeros in seven games. The 2005–06 team won the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy for finishing the regular season with the best record; in the playoffs they again lost in the Western Conference finals, this time to the Milwaukee Admirals. In their fourteen seasons in the IHL and AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins have won over half of the 1,200-plus games they have played, and qualified for the playoffs in all but four seasons.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

International Hockey League (1996–2001)Edit

Turner Cup Champions Fred A. Huber Trophy * Conference Champions ^ Division Champions ¤
IHL season Griffins season Conference Division Regular season Postseason
Finish GP W L SOL Pts [a] GF GA GP W L GF GA Result
1996–97 1996–97 Eastern Northeast 5th 82 40 30 12 92 244 246 5 2 3 12 14 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 2–3 (Solar Bears)
1997–98 1997–98 Eastern Northeast 3rd 82 38 31 13 89 225 242 3 0 3 7 13 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 0–3 (Cyclones)
1998–99 1998–99 Eastern Northeast 4th 82 34 40 8 76 256 281 Did not qualify
1999–00 1999–00 Eastern ^ 1st 82 51 22 9 111 254 200 17 10 7 50 41 Won in Conference Semifinals, 4–2 (Lumberjacks)
Won in Conference Finals, 4–1 (Cyclones)
Lost in Turner Cup Finals, 2–4 (Wolves)
2000–01 2000–01 Eastern 1st 82 53 22 7 113 * 279 196 10 6 4 38 26 Won in Conference Semifinals, 4–0 (Lumberjacks)
Lost in Conference Finals, 2–4 (Solar Bears)
IHL Totals (5 seasons) 410 216 145 49 481 1258 1165 35 18 17 107 94 4 playoff appearances

American Hockey League (2001–present)Edit

Calder Cup Champions Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy * Robert W. Clarke Trophy ^ Division Champions ¤
AHL season Griffins season Conference Division Regular season Postseason
Finish GP W L T OTL SOL Pts [a] GF GA GP W L GF GA Result
2001–02 2001–02 Western West ¤ 1st 80 42 27 11 0 95 217 178 5 2 3 11 12 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 2–3 (Wolves)
2002–03 2002–03 Western Central ¤ 1st 80 48 22 8 2 106 240 177 15 10 5 36 30 Won in Conference Quarterfinals, 3–1 (Penguins)
Won in Conference Semifinals, 4–0 (Wolves)
Lost in Conference Finals, 3–4 (Aeros)
2003–04 2003–04 Western West 2nd 80 44 28 8 0 96 196 166 4 0 4 6 17 Lost in Division Semifinals, 0–4 (Wolves)
2004–05 2004–05 Western West 5th 80 41 35 2 2 89 200 200 Did not qualify
2005–06 2005–06 Western North ¤ 1st 80 55 20 1 4 115 * 323 247 15 8 7 44 52 Won in Division Semifinals, 4–0 (Marlies)
Won in Division Finals, 4–3 (Moose)
Lost in Conference Finals, 0–4 (Admirals)
2006–07 2006–07 Western North 4th 80 37 32 6 5 85 226 244 7 3 4 13 16 Lost in Division Semifinals, 3–4 (Moose)
2007–08 2007–08 Western North 5th 80 31 41 2 6 70 210 245 Did not qualify
2008–09 2008–09 Western North 3rd 80 43 25 6 6 98 255 226 10 4 6 27 25 Won in Division Semifinals, 4–2 (Bulldogs)
Lost in Division Finals, 0–4 (Moose)
2009–10 2009–10 Western North 7th 80 34 39 3 4 75 244 265 Did not qualify
AHL Totals (9 seasons) 720 375 269 27 22 27 829 2111 1948 56 27 29 137 152 6 playoff appearances
Totals (14 seasons) 1130 591 414 27 71 27 1310 3369 3113 91 45 46 244 246 10 playoff appearances

NotesEdit

  • a Wins are worth two points, losses are worth zero points and ties, overtime losses and shootout losses are worth one point.

ReferencesEdit

General
Specific
  1. Flemming, Gretchen. "Griffins join forces with the Ottawa Senators", The Grand Rapids Press, Booth Newspapers, Inc., June 10, 1999, p. C1. 
  2. Conklin, Joe. "'Hockeytown West'; Talk of affiliation began with Detroit's visit to Grand Rapids", The Grand Rapids Press, January 24, 2002, p. B1. 
  3. Conklin, Joe. "Heavenly hockey marriage; Red Wings, Griffins extend relationship three more years", The Grand Rapids Press, April 16, 2007, p. C8. 


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