Brian Lashoff has been part of the extended family of the Detroit Red Wings for 15 seasons, and that’s exactly how he views the situation.
“It’s a family atmosphere, and I think I kind of realized that as soon as I came to Grand Rapids,” Lashoff told Patrick Williams of theAHL.com.
Defenseman Lashoff, 32, is serving as a captain during the AHL All-Star Classic on Sunday-Monday in Laval, Que.
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“The organization as a whole has been amazing to me and my family throughout the years,” Lashoff said of the Red Wings.
Lashoff spent 136 NHL games playing for the Red Wings. He’s suited up for the Griffins for each of his 611 AHL games. That’s the third-most in league history of any one-team player. Lashoff was a Calder Cup winner in Grand Rapids in 2012-13 and 2016-17.
“I think the support from the fans is among the best in the league,” he said of Grand Rapids. “I think this city is a great city to play in. It’s not too big of a city, but you show up on a weekend night at Van Andel (Arena), it can be sold out.”
Griffins Whip Texans
Taro Hirose was leading the way with two goals and an assist as the Griffins smacked the Texas Stars 6-2 in an AHL road game on Friday.
Albert Johansson was adding a goal and an assist and Elmer Soderblom was scoring his fourth goal in the past three games. Alex Nedeljkovic was making 35 saves for the win.
In his debut on a condiitoning assignment, Detroit right-winger Filip Zadina was pointless with three shots and a +1 rating.
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- Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin fails to emerge victorious in the NHL’s fastest skater competition
- As contract talks continue with the Red Wings, Larkin was huddling with agent Pat Brisson at the NHL All-Star Game
- Detroit forward Filip Zadina is spending the NHL All-Star break on a conditioning assignment with the AHL Griffins
- Remembering when the Red Wings were playing an outdoor game inside a prison
Red Wings Next Game
Returning from the NHL All-Star break, Detroit will be playing host to Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET) at Little Caesars Arena.
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