The release of the 2016-2017 AHL schedule can only mean one thing….we are that much closer to Griffins Hockey! This will be the 21st season for Griffins and the 15th as a member of the AHL.
The season will open up at home for the Griffins on October 14 when they take on a familiar rival in the Chicago Wolves. The schedule will also include 27 weekend games and 11 Winning Wednesday games. That means the Griffins will bring back their Winning Wednesday promotion. If the Griffins win at home on a Wednesday, all fans in attendance for that game can redeem their ticket stub for a free ticket to the next Wednesday home game. The first Wednesday home game will be on November 9th when they take on the Cleveland Monsters.
The home half of the schedule will also feature two opponents the Griffins have never faced in the Stockton Heat and the San Jose Barracuda. The Griffins will host Stockton on Jan 28 and the Barracuda will make their Van Andel Arena debut on Jan 27th. The Griffins will travel to San Jose on March 11th and then to Stockton on March 12th.
The Griffins will host perhaps their biggest rival for their 20th annual New Year’s Eve game. The puck will drop at 6 P.M. as they will battle the Rockford Icehogs. There will also be a fireworks show immediately following the conclusion of the contest. On February 15th, the Griffins will be hosting the Manitoba Moose for their lone home matinee game. That game will begin at 11 A.M.
All Griffins fans will remember the heart breaking playoff series loss to the eventual 2016 Calder Cup Champion Cleveland (formerly known as Lake Eerie) Monsters. The Griffins will be able to avenge the loss by facing their rival 12 time during the course of the regular season. Expect some incredibly intense matchups during those contests!
While the schedule does not include games against the Toronto Marlies, the schedule still features some exciting matchups! Look for the Griffins to in the playoff hunt once again.
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