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by George Malik on 10/17/13 at 01:40 PM ET
The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports that the Grand Rapids Griffins chose to honor something of a tradition by having their Calder Cup Championship banner made by the person who's made all of their banners...On a sewing machine at home:
When the Grand Rapids Griffins unveil the Calder Cup championship banner on Friday, Jenn Bellgraph and her sewing machine will be relieved.
Her weary Singer machine has been working as hard as she has from the living room of her Grandville family home to create the 10-by-14-foot display that will be hoisted into the rafters – or the closest thing to it – at Van Andel Arena.
The Griffins will celebrate last season’s AHL championship – the franchise’s first – with a ceremony before the 7 p.m. home opener against Milwaukee. It is one of three new banners to Griffins will display. The Griffins also won the Midwest Division in the regular season and were champions of the Western Conference.
During the ceremony, the giant red banner will be raised into a temporary position above the south net. But eventually, the new trio - the others are the traditional navy blue with white borders - will be relocated to join other Griffins banners outside the third-floor service corridor on the south end of the arena.
Bellgraph knows about the banners because she made nearly all of them hanging inside the arena. That includes five that recognize past Griffins’ achievements along with the No. 24 of Griffins legend Travis Richards.
Continued, and as someone who "works from home," I think that it's very cool to know that fellow living-room professionals can get 'er done for pro sports teams.
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