The Detroit Red Wings today announced that 11 players have been recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League to serve as ‘Black Aces’ during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The group, consisting of five forwards, five defensemen and one goalie, will practice before or after the Red Wings each day and will be on hand to dress for NHL post-season games should the need arise. Four of the 11 players saw game action with the Red Wings during the 2011-12 regular season including forwards Joakim Andersson
and Fabian Brunnstrom
, and defensemen Doug Janik and Brendan Smith
. Garnet Exelby, a veteran blue-liner in his first season with the Griffins, has over 400 games of NHL experience with the Atlanta Thrashers and Toronto Maple Leafs.