Two former Griffins set for first visit back


Former Griffins captain Jeff Hoggan and sniper Teemu Pulkkinen will be making their first trip back to the Van Andel arena to face the Griffins on Friday night.

Hoggan was the captain during all four seasons he spent with the Griffins. He was a member of the 2012-2013 Calder Cup championship team. The Griffins are expected to acknowledge Hoggan during the first play stoppage on Friday night.

This will not be the first time that Hoggan has faced his former team. The Griffins traveled to Iowa on Oct.18 and beat the Wild in comeback fashion by a score of 4-3. Hoggan did score the first goal of the game to give Iowa an early 1-0 lead.

Hoggan began his professional career in 2001. He signed a PTO contract with Grand Rapids before the 2012-2013 season and was named the captain after making the team. He scored 20 goals during that season and was instrumental in leading the team to a championship under then first-year head coach Jeff Blashill.

During his four seasons with Grand Rapids, Hoggan scored 57 goals, played and 278 regular season games, and scored 11 playoff goals in 59 playoff games.


Former Griffins sniper Teemu Pulkkinen is also making his first trip back to Grand Rapids in an Iowa Wild uniform. Pulkkinen played in a little over two seasons with the Griffins.

Pulkkinen had a couple of big seasons in Grand Rapids scoring 31 goals in 2013-2014 and 34 goals in just 46 games in 2014-2015 before being called up by the Red Wings. The forward was placed on waivers right before the beginning of the regular season and was picked up by the Minnesota Wild. Last season, in 36 games with Detroit, he scored 6 goals before suffering a shoulder injury.

In eight games with Minnesota, Pulkkinen had one goal and a minus-one rating. The Griffins will also be acknowledging him during the first time out of Friday’s game.

Puck drop is set for just after 7 p.m. this evening.


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