The Detroit Red Wings on Sunday assigned 17 players to the Grand Rapids Griffins:
-- Forwards: Mitch Callahan, Martin Frk, Jeff Hoggan, Calle Jarnkrok, Tomas Jurco,David McIntyre, Andrej Nestrasil, Trevor Parkes and Marek Tvrdon.
-- Defensemen: Brennan Evans, Gleason Fournier, Richard Nedomlel, Max Nicastro, Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul.
-- Goaltenders: Cam Lanigan and Tom McCollum.
Callahan, Evans, Fournier, Hoggan, Jarnkrok, Jurco, McCollum, Nestrasil, Nicastro, Parkes and Sproul all saw playing time with the Griffins during their 2012-13 Calder Cup-winning season.
Frk, Lanigan, Nedomlel, Ouellet and Tvrdon are all first-year pros who spent last season playing major junior hockey, while McIntyre joins the team after playing with the Houston Aeros last year.
This group will be joined by five others – forwards Alden Hirschfeld, Kevin Lynch, Travis Novak and Dane Walters, plus defenseman Joe Hartman – on the Griffins' roster when they open training camp tomorrow at Griff’s IceHouse in Grand Rapids. The schedule of practices is as follows (subject to change), with all sessions free and open to the public:
Mon, Sept. 23: 10:30am-Noon
Tues, Sept 24: 10:30am-11:20am & 11:35am-12:15pm (power play practice)
Wed, Sept. 25: 10:15am-11:05am & 11:20am-Noon (penalty kill practice)
Thursday, Sept: 26: 10:15am-11:05am & 11:20am-Noon (Specialty teams practice)
Friday, Sept. 27: 10:15am-11:05am & 11:20am-Noon (Scrimmage)
The Griffins will conclude camp with a pair of neutral-site preseason games against the Lake Erie Monsters next weekend. Grand Rapids will first battle the Monsters on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7:00pm at Compuware Arena in Plymouth, MI, before squaring off again on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 7:05pm at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario.
The 2013 Calder Cup champions will commence the AHL’s regular season and begin defense of their title on Fri. Oct. 4th in Rochester, the first of three straight road games to start the season. The Griffins will then raise their championship banner prior to hosting the Milwaukee Admirals on Fri., Oct. 18 at 7:00pm at Van Andel Arena.