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by George Malik on 10/18/13 at 12:20 PM ET
Updated 2x with a game-day video and "viewing guide" at 3:58 PM: Via RedWingsFeed, if you want to watch the Grand Rapids Griffins' home opener and Calder Cup Championship banner-raising ceremony tonight (against the Milwauke Admirals, at 7 PM), the Griffins report that it will cost you...seven bucks:
The Grand Rapids Griffins’ game versus the Milwaukee Admirals tonight will mark the 18th consecutive home-opening sellout in franchise history, but fans without tickets can still watch all the action, including the pre-game Calder Cup banner-raising ceremony, live as it happens at Van Andel Arena.
AHL Live subscribers will be able to tune in to the Griffins’ opener prior to its scheduled 7 p.m. start in order to watch the 6:55 p.m. banner ceremony in its entirety via their computer, iPad, iPhone or Android device.
Moreover, AHL Live offers fans live streaming of every Griffins game along with access to archived games. Subscription and pricing options for the 2013-14 regular season are as follows:
• Single-Game Package– Watch the Griffins’ home opener or any other games this season for just $6.99 each;
• 5-Game Pass Package – Watch any five Griffins games of your choice for $31.99;
• 10-Game Pass Package – Watch any 10 Griffins games of your choice for $59.99;
• Away Pass – Watch every Griffins road game for $124.99;
• Team Pass – Watch every Griffins game for $199.99;
• All Access Pass – Watch every AHL game for $349.99.
For more information or to purchase a single- or multi-game viewing package, visit ahllive.com.
Update: The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner posted a "viewing guide" for fans who are attending tonight's game:
TEAM UPDATE: The Griffins are 2-0-1-0 for the best road start since 2008-09. In the early going, they are first in the Midwest Division with five points.
WHO TO WATCH: Darren Helm, a speedy center, is expected to be with the team for just two games as he gets in condition after playing just one game last season. Once healthy, he’s expected to trade places with Luke Glendening in Detroit.
Cory Emmerton is looking to re-establish himself after serving as Detroit’s fourth-line center the past two seasons. The Red Wings kept Joakim Andersson instead. Emmerton has played in just one game so far.
Also keep an eye on Gustav Nyquist, the team’s top scorer from last season who is off to a fast start. He leads the team with six points (2-4-6), which is currently third in the AHL.
WHAT THE GRIFFINS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BANNER RAISING:
Coach Jeff Blashill: “This is a special thing, and we’re going to enjoy the moment. And the moment is going to last until the puck drops for the game … to pretend like there isn’t things going on – there are things going on and I have no problem embracing that and then move forward once the puck drops.”
Captain Jeff Hoggan: “I’m going to take it all in, for sure. These are moments that a few and far in between. The family’s going to be here, I’m sure they’ll enjoy it and I think it will be a memory for everyone and it (the banner) will be here long after we’re gone.”
Forward Tomas Jurco: “It will be awesome. It will be a special moment for us to see the banner, to see the video. That was the ultimate (winning last year), so I think everyone’s really excited to be a part of it Friday.”
Update #2: Here's the Griffins' game-day preview, via RedWingsFeed:
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