Grand Rapids Griffins win 2017 Calder Cup


The Grand Rapids Griffins, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, won the 2017 Calder Cup on Tuesday night by defeating the Syracuse Crunch, 4-3, in Game 6 of the series.

The Griffins had to overcome a 3-2 third period deficit to secure the series clinching win and were able to do it thanks to a pair of late goals from Tyler Bertuzzi and Martin Frk.

Bertuzzi, who scored nine goals during the playoffs for the Griffins, was named playoff MVP for his performance.

He was the Red Wings’ second-round draft pick (No. 58 overall) in 2013. He got his first taste of NHL action this season when he appeared in seven games with the big club. He did not record a point in those games.

During his time with the Griffins, however, he managed to score 12 goals and add 25 assists in only 48 games. His production was a sharp increase from where it was a year earlier in the AHL (during his first year of pro hockey he had 30 points in 71 games).

This championship is the second in the history of the Griffins, with both of them coming in the past five years.