The AHL farm club of the Detroit Red Wings will be featuring representation on both sides of the Stanley Cup final argument. It doesn’t matter whether the Colorado Avalanche or Tampa Bay Lightning win the Stanley Cup. Either outcome will be making some level of Grand Rapids Griffins history.
The best-of-seven Stanley Cup final series is getting underway on Wednesday at Colorado’s Ball Arena.
The Colorado-Tampa Bay matchup in the Stanley Cup Final is guaranteeing that the name of at least one former Griffin will be a Cup addition. It will be the ninth time in the last 15 years and the 11th time in the last 18 seasons this is happening.
If the Avalanche are the winners, coach Jared Bednar will become the first former Griffin earning the Stanley Cup as a coach. Darren Helm would be joining fellow former Red Wings forward Tomas Kopecky as the only alumni winning a pair of Stanley Cups as players after leaving Grand Rapids.
Tampa Bay Lightning Assistant General Manager Stacy Roest is a former @griffinshockey player (2002-03) & is now a two-time Stanley Cup champion in that role.
— Zach Harig (@zach_harig) July 16, 2021
On the other hand, if the Lightning win, assistant GM/Director of Player Development and ex-Red Wings forward Stacy Roest is the one making history. He would become the first Griffins alum either winning three Stanley Cups after his GR career or winning three Cups in a row at any point during his life.
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