The path to the NHL for Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ben Chiarot began with the Atlanta Thrashers. For one night only, his old club is coming back to the ice.
Chiarot was the 120th player chosen in the 2009 NHL entry draft by the Thrashers, who were an NHL franchise from 1999-2011. By the the Chiarot was making his NHL debut during the 2013-14 season, the club had undergone relocation to become the Winnipeg Jets.
Blueland is BACK!
Join the Gladiators as they take the ice as the Atlanta Thrashers with specialty jerseys, arena theming and more.
— Atlanta Gladiators (@atlgladiators) November 7, 2022
Though they’ve been gone for over a decade, the Thrashers will be rising from the ashes on Nov. 16. The ECHL Atlanta Gladiators will be donning Thrashers jerseys, selling Thrashers merchandise and even welcoming back the club’s mascot Thrash as they are facing the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.
Chiarot is among three current NHLers who were draft selections of the Thrashers. The others are Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Zach Bogsian.
Hanas Staying Hot In GR
With rookie Cross Hanas potting the game winner at 1:04 of overtime, the Grand Rapids Griffins edged the Toronto Marlies 5-4 in overtime on Friday at Van Andel Arena. Grand Rapids was rallying from 3-0 and 4-1 deficit for the victory.
Both Hanas (1-2-3) and linemate Pontus Andreasson (2-1-3) were finishing the night with three points. Defenseman Jared McIsaac scored his first goal of the season, while fellow rearguard Albert Johansson was dishing out an assist for his first AHL point.
Red Wings Returning Smith To Griffins
The Red Wings left for the West Coast without forward Givani Smith. He was reassigned to the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins. Smith played in Friday’s win over Toronto.
He was called up Thursday by the Red Wings, but didn’t suit up for the 8-2 loss to the New York Rangers.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Looking ahead to the Red Wings’ four-game road trip
- Former Detroit goalie Magnus Hellberg is back with the Seattle Kraken
- Griffins coach Ben Simon is liking the growth and learning path being laid down by defenseman Simon Edvinsson
Hockey Now Network
Philadelphia: Former Flyers captain Claude Giroux is returning to the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday with the Ottawa Senators. Philadelphia Flyers
Islanders: After signing a big-ticket contract, Islanders forward Mathew Barzal is still looking for his first goal of the season. New York Islanders
Boston: Defenseman Charlie McAvoy was returning to action for Thursday’s 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames. Boston Bruins
Montreal: Why the Canadiens should be trading Josh Anderson. Montreal Canadiens
Florida: Forward Matthew Tkachuk (NHL suspension) and defenseman Aaron Ekblad (activation from IR) will be returning to the Panthers lineup for Saturday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers. Florida Panthers
Colorado: Former Red Wings forward Darren Helm underwent adductor surgery, resulting in the Avalanche placing him on LTIR. Colorado Avalanche
Vegas: What Jack Eichel had to say following his hat-trick against the Buffalo Sabres. Vegas Golden Knights
San Jose: The Sharks have allowed an NHL-high 10 non-empty net goals in the final two minutes of a period this season. San Jose Sharks
Calgary: Three reasons why the Flames should be worrying about their seven-game losing skid. Calgary Flames