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Red Wings recall 11 ‘Black Aces’

The Grand Rapids Griffins’ regular season wrapped up yesterday with a loss against the Hamilton Bulldogs, and this morning, the Red Wings’ PR department stated that 11 of the Griffins’ players will be heading to Detroit today or tomorrow to serve as “Black Aces”:


… Detroit and Nashville Square off in Game Four on Tuesday Night at The Joe ...

Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings today announced that 11 players have been recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League to serve as ‘Black Aces’ during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  The group, consisting of five forwards, five defensemen and one goalie, will practice before or after the Red Wings each day and will be on hand to dress for NHL post-season games should the need arise.  Four of the 11 players saw game action with the Red Wings during the 2011-12 regular season including forwards Joakim Andersson and Fabian Brunnstrom, and defensemen Doug Janik and Brendan Smith.  Garnet Exelby, a veteran blue-liner in his first season with the Griffins, has over 400 games of NHL experience with the Atlanta Thrashers and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Players recalled by the Red Wings


Joakim Andersson

Louis-Marc Aubry

Fabian Brunnstrom

Francis Pare

Tomas Tatar


Travis Ehrhardt

Garnet Exelby

Doug Janik

Brian Lashoff

Brendan Smith


Thomas McCollum

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Stuart’s been on the ice for 6 of Nashville’s 8 goals in the series. And Quincey sucks.

Smith, please?

Posted by Herm from the office on 04/16/12 at 02:19 PM ET


Hell Ericsson is looking better than Stuey. Go back to your gilf in Cali ya bum.

Posted by Malik_is_alive on 04/16/12 at 02:58 PM ET


So, these “black ace” Griffins did not make the AHL playoffs. At least watching NHL playoff action will be fun for them.

BTW, Smith should have been playing in place of Q from Game 1.

Posted by Alex on 04/16/12 at 08:53 PM ET


And what’s the deal with Jakub Kindl?!
Why is he not playing in this series?! He was a force on defense in 18 games during the NHL-record breaking 23-game home winning streak.
And, yeah, I spent 15 minutes to bring you this stat.

Posted by Alex on 04/16/12 at 09:19 PM ET


hmmm ... Garnet Exelby had 177 PIMs in Grand Rapids this season. He could do a bit of “Webering” for us if needed.

You know things aren’t going well when Drew Miller leads the team with a +2 and Stuart is a -4.  I’d say Smith would be a breath of fresh air out there.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 04/17/12 at 04:40 AM ET


brendan smith only please.

Posted by callmedrw on 04/17/12 at 08:19 AM ET

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