After defeating the sixth-seeded Houston Aeros three games to two in the Western Conference Quarterfinals – capped off by Saturday night's 7-0 win in Game 5 at Van Andel Arena – the Midwest Division champion and third-seeded Grand Rapids Griffins will face the North Division champion and second-seeded Toronto Marlies in the best-of-seven conference semifinals.
All Griffins playoff games will be on NewsRadio WOOD 1300 and 106.9fm.
Tickets for Games 3 and 4 at Van Andel Arena will go on sale this Monday, May 6th at They may be purchased in person at The Zone at Van Andel Arena and all Star Tickets locations, by phone at (800) 585-3737, or through griffinshockey.com. All home playoff games will continue to feature $2 beers and $2 hot dogs from
This will mark the second Calder Cup Playoff meeting between
The Griffins and Marlies, who prior to Grand Rapids' move to the Midwest Division this season had been North Division rivals since Toronto's 2005 inception, met only four times during the 2012-13 regular season. The Marlies (2-0-0-2) earned points in all four games, including victories of 3-1 at Van Andel Arena on Dec. 29th and 5-0 at Ricoh Coliseum on Dec. 16th, while the Griffins (2-2-0-0) took shootout wins of 3-2 at home on Dec. 28th and 4-3 on the road on Oct. 21st.
This clash between
• Two of the most accomplished postseason performers in Griffins history are now with the Marlies organization. Toronto goalie Drew MacIntyre ranks as Grand Rapids' all-time leader in both goals against average (1.62) and save percentage (0.940) by virtue of his five appearances during the 2006 playoffs, while Marlies assistant coach Derek King recorded more playoff goals (16), assists (25) points (41) and power play goals (7) than any player in Griffins history. In addition, King's 46 playoff games (from 2000-04) rank second all time on the club;
• Griffins assistant coach Jim Paek, who helped guide the team to that 2006 series win over Toronto during his first season with Grand Rapids, was raised in Toronto after being born in Seoul, South Korea;
• Three Griffins -- Sproul (2010-13 Sault Ste. Marie), goalie Tom McCollum (2006-09 Guelph, 2009 Brampton) and forward Jan Mursak (2007-08 Belleville) -- played junior hockey in Canada's most populous province, while four members of the Marlies played collegiate or junior hockey in the Great Lakes State: forwards Will Acton (2007-11 Lake Superior State) and Jamie Devane (2008-12 Plymouth) and defensemen Mike Komisarek (2000-02 Michigan) and Simon Gysbers (2006-10 Lake Superior State);
• The Griffins did not face a Canadian playoff foe during their first nine seasons (12 series), but the Marlies will be their sixth opponent from north of the border in eight postseason series over the last eight years.