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Griffins release 2009-10 schedule

by Randy Cleves / Detroit Red Wings
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Griffins on Thursday released their schedule for the 2009-10 season, their 14th overall and ninth as members of the American Hockey League.


The primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings will begin its 80-game slate on Saturday, Oct. 3 in Peoria, marking the Griffins’ earliest season opener since their 1999-2000 IHL campaign (Oct. 1). After starting with five consecutive road contests, the Griffins will kick off a season-high six-game stand at Van Andel Arena by hosting a three-game weekend against the Abbotsford Heat on Friday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 25, sandwiched around a visit by the Toronto Marlies on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Griffins Home Opening Weekend marks the first of three times during the 2009-10 season that Grand Rapids will play three home games in as many nights, a scheduling anomaly that occurred twice last season and only three times total over the franchise’s first 13 seasons. 

Highlights of the 2009-10 schedule include:

• Twenty-seven prime home dates (16 Fridays and 11 Saturdays), including a run of eight consecutive Fridays at home from Oct. 23 to Dec. 11. All Friday games this season will once again feature the popular Dollar Dogs, Dollar Beers promotion;

• The first-ever visits to Van Andel Arena by Abbotsford (Oct. 23) and the Texas Stars (Nov. 20);

• Grand Rapids’ ninth annual Matinee Game presented by Lake Michigan Credit Union on Nov. 11 at noon versus the Lake Erie Monsters;

• Numerous holiday home games, including the Friday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 27), the Saturday and Sunday after Christmas (Dec. 26-27), and the Griffins’ 13th annual New Year’s Eve celebration;

• A run of 10 of 11 games at Van Andel Arena from Oct. 23 to Nov. 20, balanced by a late-season stretch (Feb. 26-March 25) in which 10 of 12 contests will be staged on the road;

• An April 2 visit to Abbotsford, B.C., which will mark the Griffins’ first game in the Pacific Time Zone since Nov. 24, 2004, when they earned a 4-3 shootout win over the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks at Anaheim’s Arrowhead Pond.

Most Griffins home games will begin at 7 p.m., with eight exceptions. In addition to the noon start on Nov. 11 and 4 p.m. faceoffs for four Sunday games, the Sunday, Oct. 25 contest will begin at 5 p.m., and the Friday, Dec. 11 (6:30 p.m.) and Saturday, Dec. 12 (8 p.m.) games will feature different start times to accommodate other arena events.

Griffins full-season, mini-plan and group ticket packages for the 2009-10 season are now on sale. For more information, visit griffinshockey.com or call the Griffins office at (616) 774-4585. Single-game tickets will go on sale to the public in September.

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Grand Rapids Griffins 2009-10 Schedule
Date Opponent Time
Sat., Oct. 3 @ Peoria Rivermen 8:00
Sat., Oct. 10 @ Toronto Marlies 3:00
Thu., Oct. 15 @ Texas Stars 8:30
Sat., Oct. 17  @ San Antonio Rampage  8:00 
Sun., Oct. 18  @ San Antonio Rampage  4:00 
Fri., Oct. 23  ABBOTSFORD HEAT  7:00 
Sat., Oct. 24  TORONTO MARLIES  7:00 
Sun., Oct. 25  ABBOTSFORD HEAT  5:00 
Thu., Oct. 29  HOUSTON AEROS  7:00 
Fri., Oct. 30  HOUSTON AEROS  7:00 
Fri., Nov. 6  CHICAGO WOLVES  7:00 
Sun., Nov. 8  @ Lake Erie Monsters  3:00 
Wed., Nov. 11  LAKE ERIE MONSTERS  Noon 
Fri., Nov. 13  MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS  7:00 
Sat., Nov. 14  ROCHESTER AMERICANS  7:00 
Fri., Nov. 20  TEXAS STARS  7:00 
Sat., Nov. 21  @ Toronto Marlies  4:00 
Wed., Nov. 25  @ Chicago Wolves  8:00 
Fri., Nov. 27  ROCKFORD ICEHOGS  7:00 
Sat., Nov. 28  @ Peoria Rivermen  8:00 
Tue., Dec. 1  @ Lake Erie Monsters  7:00 
Fri., Dec. 4  ROCKFORD ICEHOGS  7:00 
Sat., Dec. 5  PEORIA RIVERMEN  7:00 
Wed., Dec. 9  SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE  7:00 
Fri., Dec. 11  LAKE ERIE MONSTERS  6:30 
Sat., Dec. 12  MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS  8:00 
Sun., Dec. 13  @ Toronto Marlies  5:00 
Tue., Dec. 15  @ Peoria Rivermen  8:00 
Fri., Dec. 18  @ San Antonio Rampage  8:00 
Sat., Dec. 19  @ Texas Stars  8:00 
Sun., Dec. 20  @ Houston Aeros  5:05 
Sat., Dec. 26  CHICAGO WOLVES  7:00 
Sun., Dec. 27  PEORIA RIVERMEN  4:00 
Mon., Dec. 28  @ Milwaukee Admirals  8:00 
Thu., Dec. 31  HAMILTON BULLDOGS  7:00 
Sat., Jan. 2  @ Rockford IceHogs  8:05 
Sun., Jan. 3  LAKE ERIE MONSTERS  4:00 
Wed., Jan. 6  SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE  7:00 
Fri., Jan. 8  @ Rochester Americans  7:05 
Sat., Jan. 9 @ Hamilton Bulldogs  7:00 
Fri., Jan. 15 PEORIA RIVERMEN  7:00 
Sat., Jan. 16  HAMILTON BULLDOGS  7:00 
Sun., Jan. 17  ROCKFORD ICEHOGS  4:00 
Fri., Jan. 22  TORONTO MARLIES  7:00 
Sat., Jan. 23  @ Rockford IceHogs  8:05 
Sun., Jan. 24  @ Chicago Wolves  4:00 
Fri., Jan. 29  CHICAGO WOLVES  7:00 
Sat., Jan. 30  ROCKFORD ICEHOGS  7:00 
Wed., Feb. 3  @ Rockford IceHogs  8:05 
Fri., Feb. 5  TORONTO MARLIES  7:00 
Sat., Feb. 6  HOUSTON AEROS  7:00 
Tue., Feb. 9  @ Texas Stars  8:30 
Fri., Feb. 12  @ Houston Aeros  8:35 
Sat., Feb. 13  @ Houston Aeros  8:35 
Mon., Feb. 15  @ Rockford IceHogs  3:05 
Fri., Feb. 19  HAMILTON BULLDOGS  7:00 
Sat., Feb. 20  PEORIA RIVERMEN  7:00 
Sun., Feb. 21  TEXAS STARS  4:00 
Wed., Feb. 24  SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE  7:00 
Fri., Feb. 26  @ Rochester Americans  7:05 
Sat., Feb. 27  @ Lake Erie Monsters  7:30 
Sun., Feb. 28  @ Lake Erie Monsters  4:00 
Thu., March 4  @ Peoria Rivermen  8:00 
Fri., March 5  MANITOBA MOOSE  7:00 
Sat., March 6  MANITOBA MOOSE  7:00
Fri., March 12  @ Hamilton Bulldogs  7:30 
Sat., March 13  @ Hamilton Bulldogs  7:00 
Sun., March 14  @ Rochester Americans 3:00 
Fri., March 19  @ Manitoba Moose  8:30 
Sun., March 21  @ Manitoba Moose  3:00 
Thu., March 25  @ Milwaukee Admirals  8:00 
Fri., March 26  MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS  7:00 
Sat., March 27  TEXAS STARS  7:00 
Wed., March 31  ROCHESTER AMERICANS  7:00 
Fri., April 2  @ Abbotsford Heat  10:30 
Sat., April 3  @ Abbotsford Heat  9:00 
Wed., April 7  ROCHESTER AMERICANS 7:00 
Fri., April 9  LAKE ERIE MONSTERS  7:00 
Sat., April 10 @ Chicago Wolves  8:00 
Sun., April 11  @ Milwaukee Admirals  6:00 

All Times Eastern
Dates, Opponents and Times Subject to Change
Games Broadcast on WOOD 1300 AM (Exceptions: Nov. 11 and Feb. 15 on WTKG 1230 AM)
 

Grand Rapids Griffins
2009-10 Schedule Breakdown

Season Opener: Sat., Oct. 3 at Peoria Rivermen
Home Opener: Fri., Oct. 23 vs. Abbotsford Heat
2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic: Mon., Jan. 18 and Tue., Jan. 19 in Portland, Maine
Home Finale: Fri., April 9 vs. Lake Erie Monsters
Season Finale: Sun., April 11 at Milwaukee Admirals

By Conference
Western – 80 (40 home, 40 road), Eastern – 0

By Division
North – 34 (17 home, 17 road), West – 46 (23 home, 23 road), East – 0, Atlantic – 0

By Opponent
Lake Erie, Peoria and Rockford – 8 games each (4 home, 4 road)
Chicago, Hamilton, Houston, Milwaukee, Rochester, San Antonio, Texas and Toronto – 6 games each (3 home, 3 road)
Abbotsford and Manitoba – 4 games each (2 home, 2 road)

By Day (Home)
Friday – 16, Saturday – 11, Wednesday – 6, Sunday – 5, Thursday – 2

By Day (Road)
Saturday – 14, Sunday – 9, Friday – 7, Tuesday and Thursday – 3, Monday and Wednesday – 2

By Month (Home)
December and January – 8, November and February – 6, October and March – 5, April – 2

By Month (Road)
February – 8, December and March – 7, October and January – 5, November and April – 4

Longest Home Stand
6 games: Oct. 23-Nov. 6

Longest Road Trip
6 games: March 12-25

Three Games in Three Nights
12 times: Oct. 23-25, Dec. 11-13, Dec. 18-20, Dec. 26-28, Jan. 15-17, Jan. 22-24, Feb. 19-21, Feb. 26-28, March 4-6, March 12-14, March 25-27, April 9-11

Four Games in Five Nights
3 times: Dec. 9-13, Feb. 24-28, April 7-11

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