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A pair of press releases from the Griffins, one from the Crunch, and some ‘business of hockey’ talk

This popped up a little late on Monday evening--right before the trophy appeared at 5/3rd Ballpark--but as an FYI, the Calder Cup will be touring Grand Rapids over the next three days...

The American Hockey League’s Calder Cup will appear at numerous locations throughout West Michigan this week as the Grand Rapids Griffins prepare to host as many as three straight Calder Cup Finals games against the Syracuse Crunch.

Named for Frank Calder, the NHL’s first president and an instrumental figure in forming the AHL, the Calder Cup was first awarded in 1938. It bears the name of the last 20 Calder Cup champions, standing 24 inches tall and weighing 30 pounds. Fans can see the championship trophy at several locations and through various media outlets. Additional locations will be announced through the Griffins’ social media pages.

 

Monday, June 10
5:12 p.m. – WOOD-TV8 News
6-7 p.m. – Fifth-Third Ballpark – West Michigan Whitecaps vs. Lansing Lugnuts (public invited)

Tuesday, June 11
9 a.m. – WZZM 13 Take Five & Company
6:20 p.m. – WZZM 13 News
Wednesday, June 12
6:40 a.m. – WOOD-TV8 Daybreak
7:30 a.m. – FOX 17 Morning News
9:20 a.m. – WOOD 106.9FM/1300 AM and ESPN 96.1 FM
12-1 p.m. – MLive/Grand Rapids Press Hub (public invited)

After winning back-to-back games in Syracuse last weekend, the Griffins hold a 2-0 lead in the Calder Cup Finals as the series turns to Grand Rapids. The Griffins will host Game 3 on Wednesday, Game 4 on Friday and, if necessary, Game 5 on Saturday. All games start at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at http://www.griffinshockey.com

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The Grifins also released a list of promotions regarding Games 3, 4 and 5 via email, and I don't usually post these, but what the hell:

CALDER CUP FINALS TURN TO GRAND RAPIDS THIS WEEK

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 vs. Syracuse Crunch (Game 3)

Time: 7 p.m. at Van Andel Arena (doors open at 6 p.m.)

Rally Towel Giveaway: The first 4,000 fans will receive a Griffins Calder Cup Finals rally towel, courtesy of Auto Value Parts Stores.

Beer/Hot Dog Special: The Griffins are offering $2 beers and $2 hot dogs for all home playoff games from 6-8 p.m., while supplies last.

Hat Trick Pack: Enjoy the same great seat for each of the Griffins’ three potential Calder Cup Finals home games and save $3 off the game-day price (plus no services fees) with the Hat Trick Pack. Purchase now to receive a free Griffins BBQ Grill Set. Visit http://www.griffinshockey.com/tickets/specials for more information.

Finals 4-Pack: Receive four or more tickets to the Calder Cup Finals home game of your choice and save a total of $12 over the game-day price with the Finals 4-Pack. Visit http://www.griffinshockey.com/tickets/specials for more information.

Live Entertainment: Fans can enjoy live music on the concourse before the game from Jaded8 and experience a variety of family-friendly sideshow performers roaming Van Andel Arena, ranging from magicians to balloon twisters.

Calder Cup Chronicle: Be sure to pick up a free copy of the Griffins’ commemorative Calder Cup Chronicle, featuring articles, stats and info on the Calder Cup Finals series between Grand Rapids and Syracuse.

Free Ride to the Playoffs: Ride the Rapid to and from any postseason game and enjoy complimentary fare by showing your ticket to the game. Visit http://www.ridetherapid.org for schedule information, routes and maps.

Friday, June 14, 2013 vs. Syracuse Crunch (Game 4)

Time: 7 p.m. at Van Andel Arena (doors open at 6 p.m.)

Rally Towel Giveaway: The first 4,000 fans will receive a Griffins Calder Cup Finals rally towel, courtesy of Auto Value Parts Stores.

Beer/Hot Dog Special: The Griffins are offering $2 beers and $2 hot dogs for all home playoff games from 6-8 p.m., while supplies last.

Hat Trick Pack: Enjoy the same great seat for each of the Griffins’ three potential Calder Cup Finals home games and save $3 off the game-day price (plus no services fees) with the Hat Trick Pack. Purchase now to receive a free Griffins BBQ Grill Set. Visit http://www.griffinshockey.com/tickets/specials for more information.

Finals 4-Pack: Receive four or more tickets to the Calder Cup Finals home game of your choice and save a total of $12 over the game-day price with the Finals 4-Pack. Visit http://www.griffinshockey.com/tickets/specials for more information.

College Night: College students can show their ID to purchase an upper bowl ticket for $16 and stop by the McFadden’s concourse table to receive a free pass to the post-game party at McFadden's.  

Live Entertainment: Fans can enjoy live music on the concourse before the game from Jaded8 and experience a variety of family-friendly sideshow performers roaming Van Andel Arena, ranging from magicians to balloon twisters.

Calder Cup Chronicle: Be sure to pick up a free copy of the Griffins’ commemorative Calder Cup Chronicle, featuring articles, stats and info on the Calder Cup Finals series between Grand Rapids and Syracuse.

Free Ride to the Playoffs: Ride the Rapid to and from any postseason game and enjoy complimentary fare by showing your ticket to the game. Visit ridetherapid.org for schedule information, routes and maps.

Saturday, June 15, 2013 vs. Syracuse Crunch (Game 5)
* if necessary

Time: 7 p.m. at Van Andel Arena (doors open at 6 p.m.)

Rally Towel Giveaway: The first 4,000 fans will receive a Griffins Calder Cup Finals rally towel, courtesy of Auto Value Parts Stores.

Beer/Hot Dog Special: The Griffins are offering $2 beers and $2 hot dogs for all home playoff games from 6-8 p.m., while supplies last.

Hat Trick Pack: Enjoy the same great seat for each of the Griffins’ three potential Calder Cup Finals home games and save $3 off the game-day price (plus no services fees) with the Hat Trick Pack. Purchase now to receive a free Griffins BBQ Grill Set. Visit http://www.griffinshockey.com/tickets/specials for more information.

Finals 4-Pack: Receive four or more tickets to the Calder Cup Finals home game of your choice and save a total of $12 over the game-day price with the Finals 4-Pack. Visit http://www.griffinshockey.com/tickets/specials for more information.

Live Entertainment: Fans can enjoy live music on the concourse before the game from Jaded8 and experience a variety of family-friendly sideshow performers roaming Van Andel Arena, ranging from magicians to balloon twisters.

Calder Cup Chronicle: Be sure to pick up a free copy of the Griffins’ commemorative Calder Cup Chronicle, featuring articles, stats and info on the Calder Cup Finals series between Grand Rapids and Syracuse.

Free Ride to the Playoffs: Ride the Rapid to and from any postseason game and enjoy complimentary fare by showing your ticket to the game. Visit http://www.ridetherapid.org for schedule information, routes and maps.

Ticket Information

Tickets for all 2013 Grand Rapids Griffins home playoff games may be purchased:

• In person at all Star Tickets outlets and at The Zone on the west side of Van Andel Arena;
• By phone through Star Tickets at (616) 222-4000 or (800) 585-3737;
• Online through http://www.griffinshockey.com/buytickets;
• For season ticket packages please call (616) 774-4585;
• For group information please visit griffinshockey.com/group.

Advance ticket prices are $17, $19 and $21 in the arena’s upper level, and $21, $25, $29 and $35 in the lower level. (Additional $2 per ticket on day of game.) On game night, tickets may be purchased without a convenience charge at the Van Andel Arena box office, beginning 90 minutes before game time.

Season-Long Offers

Military Nights: Every home game this season, current members of our military can purchase up to four upper bowl tickets for $16 each with a valid military ID. The offer also extends to veterans who present a VA ID or discharge papers.

The Vault Restaurant and Bar: Enjoy food and drink specials in the Fifth Third Bank Vault prior to every Griffins home game. The full-service restaurant and bar is located inside Van Andel Arena, offers happy hour from 5-6 p.m. and is open for the duration of the game. Call (616) 742-6453 for reservations.

MOS Corner Office: Presented by Michigan Office Solutions, this section, located on the terrace level above section 118, provides the best seats in the house for groups of up to 30 people, with La-Z-Boy chairs and an array of unprecedented amenities. Call (616) 774-4585.

Social Media Specials: Special discounts on lower and upper bowl tickets are often available for fans that follow the Griffins on Facebook and Twitter. To find out where you can follow the Griffins and Join The Conversation, visit http://www.griffinshockey.com/socialmedia

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For the sake of...Uh...Let's go with "equal time," here the Syracuse Crunch's weekly release...

Weekly Release — June 10, 2013 — Vol. 19, No. 36

Need to Know
- After two home losses Syracuse trails the Calder Cup Finals two games to none against Grand Rapids.

- Ondrej Palat's 21 points (5g, 16a) are most in the AHL this postseason and third in Crunch playoff history.

- In search of their first title, the Crunch play at Grand Rapids Wednesday, Friday and (if neccessary) Saturday.

Calder Cup finals
(3) Syracuse Crunch vs. Grand Rapids Griffins - GR 2, SYR 0
Game 1    -    Sat., June 8    -    Grand Rapids at Syracuse        -    L, 3-1
Game 2     -    Sun., June 9    -    Grand Rapids at Syracuse        -     L, 6-4
Game 3    -    Wed., June 12     -    Syracuse at Grand Rapids        -    7:00 p.m.
Game 4    -    Fri., June 14    -    Syracuse at Grand Rapids        -    7:00 p.m.
*Game 5    -    Sat., June 15    -    Syracuse at Grand Rapids        -    7:00 p.m.
*Game 6    -    Tue., June 18    -    Grand Rapids at Syracuse        -    7:00 p.m.
*Game 7    -    Thu., June 20    -    Grand Rapids at Syracuse        -    7:00 p.m
*if neccessary


Calder Cup Finals continue in Grand Rapids Wednesday

Suffering home losses on consecutive nights for the first time in 2012-13, Syracuse trails the Calder Cup Finals two games to none against the Western Conference champion Grand Rapids Griffins. After Grand Rapids victories of 3-1 and 6-4, the Griffins are 13-7 this postseason, while Syracuse is 11-3.

A combined total of 12,356 fans packed the War Memorial Saturday and Sunday for the first two Calder Cup Final games ever played at the 62-year-old arena. Not since 1938, when the Syracuse Stars lost to the Providence Reds at the Sate Fair Coliseum, has the AHL's championship series been contested in Central New York. 

The series shifts to Grand Rapids, Mich., this week with Game 3 Wednesday, Game 4 Friday, and Game 5 (if neccessary) Saturday. The Crunch are 5-0 on the road this postseason and haven't suffered a road loss in regulation since Mar. 30 in Norfolk, a 2-0 shutout at the hands of the Admirals. The Crunch were 24-10-2-2 on the road in the regular season, including a franchise record nine straight victories away from home Oct. 19-Nov. 25. The Griffins are 6-4 at Van Andel Arena in the playoffs, while half of their 42 regular season wins were earned on home ice (21-12-3-2).

WEEK IN REVIEW

Calder Cup Finals Game 1:

The Grand Rapids Griffins beat the Crunch 3-1 Saturday night at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse in Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals.  The Griffins took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series in both franchises' first Calder Cup Finals series.

Riley Sheahan scored with 8:00 left in the third period on a slap shot from blue line, to give the Griffins a 2-0 lead, which stood up as the game-winning goal.  The Crunch answered right back, as J.P. Cote's seeing-eye shot from the point just 1:19 later pulled the Crunch within 2-1 with 6:41 remaining in the third.

The Crunch generated a few more chances, but ran out of time after Richard Panik took a penalty with 2:01 remaining, and the Griffins closed out the Crunch with a power-play, empty-net goal by Gustav Nyquist with 15 seconds left in the game.

The Griffins jumped out to an early 1-0 lead just 6:45 into the opening period as Mitch Callahan finished off a scramble in front of Cedrick Desjardins.

The Crunch went 0-for-5 on the power play while the Griffins went 1-for-4 on the power play, with the lone power-play goal being the empty-net goal.  Petr Mrazek made 28 saves while Desjardins stopped 18 Griffins shots in front of a Crunch postseason record crowd of 6,333.

Calder Cup Finals Game 2

The Grand Rapids Griffins outslugged the Crunch 6-4 in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals Sunday night at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, the highest combined score for a Crunch game since an Oct. 20 6-5 ovetime win at Binghamton. The road victory gives the Griffins a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Calder Cup Finals, eliminating Syracuse's home ice advantage.

For the second straight game, the Griffins jumped out to a quick lead on the Crunch.  Tomas Tatar slid the puck past Cedrick Desjardins just 4:29 into the opening period for a 1-0 Griffins lead.  Triston Grant made it 2-0 later in the first period before Andrej Sustr finally got the Crunch on the scoreboard with his first goal of the playoffs, the first goal of his AHL playoff career.

The two sides continued trading tallies in a six-goal second period. Landon Ferraro started the middle frame's scoring, potting a rebound off a Jeff Hoggan breakaway chance at 6:23. Richard Panik pulled the Crunch within 3-2, cashing in on a power-play opportunity at 10:06. After Tomas Jurco made it 4-2 Griffins the Crunch scored back-to-back goals. Brett Connolly banged in a power-play goal to make it 4-3 then J.T. Brown rifled a shot past Petr Mrazek that was initially not awarded, but later ruled a goal upon video review, making it 4-4. The wild period finished with a power-play goal Francis Pare, just five seconds into a Tyler Johnson delay of game penalty.

In the third period, the Crunch outshot Grand Rapids 13-4, but the Griffins would score the only goal as Jan Mursak finished off a breakaway to make the final score 6-4.  The Crunch  finished 2-for-8 on the power play, improving on their previous 1-for-19 troubles, but failed to convert on a four minute high-sticking double minor while it was still a 5-4 game in the third period.

Notes

- With an assist in Game 2, Ondrej Palat regained sole possession of AHL postseason scoring lead, now at 21 points (5g, 16a) in 14 games. Palat is still third on the Crunch all-time postseason scoring list.

- Andrej Sustr's goal in Game 2 was the first of his AHL playoff career.  He has six points in the playoffs this season following two goals and one assist in eight regular season games with Syracuse.

- With an assist in Game 2, Matt Taormina became the sixth player on the Crunch with at least ten points during the playoffs. That ties him with Mark Barberio and the Griffins' Adam Almquist for second in playoff scoring by a defenseman, behind Grand Rapids' Chad Billins.

- Taormina leads the AHL playoffs with a plus-17. J.P. Cote is second on the Crunch at plus-13, improving his  career AHL postseason mark to plus-26 in 54 games.

- With two assists in Game 2, Tyler Johnson had his first multi-point game since May 11, Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Springfield.

- Richard Panik's goal in Game 2 was his first since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Springfield on May 15.

- J.T. Wyman recorded an assist in Game 2 and now has points in three of his last four games (1g, 2a).

- With a goal in Game 2, J.T. Brown has a threep-game scoring streak for the first time in the playoffs.  He had three different three-game scoring streaks during the regular season.

- Evan Oberg returned to the Crunch lineup Sunday for the first time since April 5 against the Hershey Bears.  He didn't play in the final seven regular season games or the first 13 playoff games.  He was a minus-1 in Game 2.

- With a goal and an assist in Game 2, Brett Connolly had his first multi-point performance in this postseason.  He is one of four Crunch players with ten or more points in the playoffs and trails only Odrej Palat and Tyler Johnson for the top scoring totals on the team.

- After being held scoreless during the first 11 playoff games, Philippe Paradis's assist in Game 2 gives him four points (3g, 1a) in the last three games. With Phil Paradis' assist, every Crunch forward (except Cedric Paquette, who has only played three games in the playoffs) has at least one assist.

Practice Schedule (subject to change):

Tuesday, June 11         1:00 p.m. practice        Van Andel Arena
Wednesday, June 12        11:15 a.m. morning skate    Van Andel Arena
            7:00 p.m. Game 3 @ GR    Van Andel Arena
Thursday, June 13        1:00 p.m. practice        Van Andel Arena
Friday, June 14        11:15 a.m. morning skate    Van Andel Arena
            7:00 p.m. Game 4 @ GR    Van Andel    Arena
Saturday, June 15        7:00 p.m. Game 5 @ GR    Van Andel Arena*

*If necessary

And finally, shifting back to the Calder Cup's tour of Grand Rapids, WOOD TV8's Larry Figurski posed with the trophy...

And WOOD TV8 actually filed an intriguing story about the "business of hockey" as it applies to the Grand Rapids Griffins' Calder Cup Final...


As Tom Hillen notes, the Griffins and Grand Rapid understandably hope to cash in:

A Griffins spokesperson told 24 Hour News 8's that while they don't expect the games to sell out, they do expect very large crowds both days.

Those crowds mean good fortune for downtown businesses.

Kris Larson, the executive director of the Downtown Development Authority, told 24 Hour News 8 that no one knows what the full economic impact for the city will be.

"You think about the quick numbers. If you have 10,000 seats filled with hockey fans and if everybody comes down to have a quick bite to eat and a drink you are talking about  $10 a person," Larson said. "Now you are talking about millions of dollars in potential revenue for a series like this for our downtown. And these are dollars that would not have been captured here locally if we were not hosting the championship."

Larson also said the championship series coming to Grand Rapids is a good way to promote the city , and brings a lot of pride to residents of West Michigan.

Tickets are still available for the games on Wednesday and Friday. Tickets range in price from $17 for upper level seats to $35 for VIP tickets.

Between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., hockey fans can get $2 hot dogs and $2 beers during the series.

And yes, WOOD TV8 chronicled the Cup's trip to the studio, too:

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