This week, the Grand Rapids Griffins re-signed Daniel Cleary and the Detroit Red Wings opened training camp in Traverse City, MI while re-signing defenseman Ryan Sproul to a two-year contract.
The Griffins made news when the 37-year-old forward agreed to return for a 20th professional season and second straight here in Beer City. Cleary scored 15 points(3 goals, 12 assists) last season and played in all nine playoff games for GR. Cleary has played in 938 NHL games(609 with the Red Wings), after being a first-round draft pick by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1997.
The Red Wings opened training camp in Traverse City, MI at the Centre ICE Arena on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. 62 players will skate including 23 who played for GR last season and 10 former Griffins. Former Griffins Justin Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin, Alexey Marchenko, Petr Mrazek and Tomas Tatar will all miss training camp due to their participation in the World Cup of Hockey.
After camp ends Monday with a Red v. White scrimmage, the Red Wings will begin their eight-game preseason schedule. The Griffins will begin their training camp in Detroit on Wednesday, Sept. 28, with practice times and locations yet to be announced.
The Griffins will open the 2016-17 campaign at home against Chicago on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. before traveling to Chicago and battling the Wolves on Oct. 15.
Also on Friday, the Red Wings re-signed defenseman Sproul to a two-year contract. In 75 games last season in GR he had his best year ever, scoring 12 goals and adding 23 assists. Sproul added 2 goals and 7 assists in nine Calder Cup playoff games.