The Grand Rapids Griffins were recognizing someone who was chiefly for forming a successful culture around the franchise. Saturday before their game with the Texas Stars, they hoisted the #10 jersey of former captain Jeff Hoggan to the rafters. Hoggan became just the third player in franchise history to have his jersey retired, joining #24 [Travis Richards] and #7 [Michel Picard].
“I guess it’s the peak of a long journey,” Hoggan said. “It’s truly special, there’s no doubt. Just thinking about it when they first called me you get choked up a little bit knowing the journey was long.
“I played 16 years, the majority in the minors. Unceremoniously you retire, but when you sit back and reflect, when an organization like Grand Rapids takes the time to put you in that light and be able to share it with my family and everyone back there for four great years in my life and career, it is truly special.”
Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill was behind the GR bench when Hoggan was playing for the Griffins.
“The impact that Jeff Hoggan’s had on the Griffins isn’t just measured in the success during the years he was there but I think it’s still being measured today,” Blashill said.
Griffins Victory Not In The Stars
Grand Rapids couldn’t pair the Hoggan ceremony with a victory. GR suffered a 3-2 loss to the Stars.
Another quick thinking pass by Jonatan Berggren on the power play led to Riley Barber's goal.
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Riley Barber scored his fifth goal in six games for the Griffins. Jonatan Berggren and Jared McIsaac each collected assists.
Frolunda Wins Opener
Frolunda HC opened their best-of-seven Swedish Hockey League quarter-final series with a 4-3 overtime victory over defending champion Vaxjo. Frolunda blew a 3-1 lead but won on an OT tally by ex-Red Wings forward Jan Mursak.
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Detroit prospect Elmer Solderblom collected two assists and had five shots on goal. Defenseman Simon Edvinsson, the Red Wings’ first pick in the 2021 NHL entry draft, also dished out a helper.
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