Minoring in Hockey

griffs1I always enjoy visiting Grand Rapids, but usually its to see the West Michigan Whitecaps play some baseball. Obviously, there’s no way baseball can be played in the crap weather Michigan is experiencing this time of year, so we watched the next best thing…minor league hockey. It was a perfect day to watch the Grand Rapids Griffins defend their home ice against the San Antonio Rampage. The kids absolutely loved Van Andel Arena, and Grand Rapids as a whole. As the second biggest city in the state, it’s a little more interesting than anything in the U.P. It was a great hockey game as the Griffins won 7-3 with five power-play goals. We even saw a penalty shot in the game. I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to get the kids down to see the Griffins. Maybe because there is so much hockey up here, it never crossed my mind to travel to see it. We had so much fun, this will be and annual trip for us now. The Griffins play in the American Hockey League, which is equivelent to Triple-A in baseball. Grand Rapids has so much else to offer, too, as we also went to the Van Andel Museum and saw the Titanic relics exhibit. The kids were in ‘awe’ of the whole museum, and the Titanic display was amazing.

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The Griffins mascot...Griff!
The Griffins mascot…Griff!

griffs2A little extra bonus to our trip…ok, this was the highlight…meeting the newest Fox Sports Detroit Girls, Stephanie and Brittney! The girls were extremely nice to the kids, and signed autographs for them. Brian played shy during the photo, but they still signed a baseball and his Whitecaps hat. Trevor wasn’t feeling well at first, but caught up them later during the game for a pic. The FSD Girls were more than happy to get another picture and chat with us for a while. We may have talked them into going to the Crosstown Showdown in Lansing on April 11th, but I hope we get to meet them at a Whitecaps game this summer!

Stephanie signing Brian's Whitecaps hat!
Stephanie signing Brian’s Whitecaps hat!

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Here’s a video the Griffins released on their YouTube channel featuring the FSD Girls! See us at the :55 mark:

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7 thoughts on “Minoring in Hockey

  1. The AHL is a great league. Last year, we went to St. John’s Newfoundland and I picked up an Ice Caps T-Shirt. My Binghampton Senators, or the Baby Sens as they are known are pretty good too. Fun family affordable hockey action!!!!

  2. I grew up with the old IHL, but the AHL is a classic league, too. Lots of fun, but the top sections had more fans than the bottom ones, so I think GR needs to lower their ticket prices a bit. Still lots of great hockey, and it’s a good deal.
    -Mike

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