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). 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, which has since been extended through the 2010–11 season. 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.
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|
|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|
|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|
- a Wins are worth two points, losses are worth zero points and ties, overtime losses and shootout losses are worth one point.
- (2009) in Cleves, Randy: Grand Rapids Griffins 2009–2010 Media Guide (PDF), Grand Rapids Griffins. Retrieved on October 24, 2009.
- Standings for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the IHL. The Internet Hockey Database. hockeyDB.com. Retrieved on October 24, 2009.
- Standings for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. The Internet Hockey Database. hockeyDB.com. Retrieved on October 24, 2009.
- ↑ Flemming, Gretchen. "Griffins join forces with the Ottawa Senators", The Grand Rapids Press, Booth Newspapers, Inc., June 10, 1999, p. C1.
- ↑ Conklin, Joe. "'Hockeytown West'; Talk of affiliation began with Detroit's visit to Grand Rapids", The Grand Rapids Press, January 24, 2002, p. B1.
- ↑ 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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