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Grand Rapids Griffins' season was a lot of fun

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May without hockey in Michigan just doesn't seem right. We realized the Detroit Red Wings would probably not last long in the playoffs, but we had high hopes for the Grand Rapids Griffins, who got eliminated a few days ago by the Texas Stars.
That ended the Griffins' quest for a second straight AHL Calder Cup title.
To begin with, a team from Michigan shouldn't be losing the Calder Cup to a team from Texas. It's nice that Texas can pose to be a hockey state, but in all due respect, that's simply foolish.
But Texas obviously had a better team than Grand Rapids and it wasn't a total shock that the Stars got the job done with a 4-2 series victory. Losing game 5 in the series for the Griffins, which would have given them a series lead, was devastating.
Still, it just shows how much the Griffins need to appreciate what happened 11 months ago when they won their first Calder Cup. The setback to Texas was the Griffins first loss in six playoff series under AHL 20131-4 coach of the year Jeff Blashill.
It's obvious the Griffins will be sending players to the Red Wings to cement that team's future in the NHL. Blashill will likely be gone to the NHL very soon.
But for the past two seasons, Griffins hockey at the Van Andel Arena has been fun. Hopefully, it will continue to be so.



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