The Grand Rapids Griffins are a professional hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL). They are the AHL affiliate to the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL) & are the 2013 Calder Cup Champions.
They play in Grand Rapids, Michigan at Van Andel Arena & are the 2013 Calder Cup Champions.
The franchise began in the now-defunct International Hockey League in 1996 and merged into the AHL in 2001. The only player to have his number retired in team history is Travis Richards.
After the 2010–11 season, General Manager Bob McNamara retired leaving the team without a general manager. The Griffins have since forgone a GM and rely instead on the Red Wings for support.