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by George Malik on 04/16/12 at 01:03 PM ET
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”:
RED WINGS RECALL 11 GRIFFINS TO SERVE AS ‘BLACK ACES’ DURING 2012 PLAYOFFS
… 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.
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