GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It was one of the most memorable games in Grand Rapids sports history, and now you can relive it on Saturday night.
That’s because WOOD-TV’s sister station, WXSP-TV, will air the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 2017 Calder Cup Championship game from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The game, which took place on June 6, 2017, marked the first time a professional hockey team from Grand Rapids won a cup on home ice.
Current Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi, who was named the 2017 Calder Cup MVP, told News 8 that when he looks back at his professional hockey career, his time in Grand Rapids was a big part of it.
“The whole playoffs, the fans were awesome and you know, to play in that game, in that situation, I’ve never seen a louder building in my life,” he said. “Especially to score such a big goal (the Calder Cup Game 6 game-tying goal), I think that’s the most emotional I’ve gotten after scoring a goal. It was a great feeling.”
Mitch Callahan, a former Griffins forward and two-time Calder Cup Champion, said his second championship win (in 2017) will be hard to beat, because it happened at home.
“One of the most memorable things was that as soon as I got to hoist the cup, I saw my mom and dad both on the ice celebrating with me,” he said. “So that was pretty special. I mean, GR gave the best six years of my life.”
Saturday’s program will include bonus features, like that night’s locker room celebration and a rally at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids that preceded the win.
The broadcast will include original play-by-play from the Griffins’ Bob Kaser and color commentary from WOOD TV8 sports anchor Larry Figurski.
In addition to airing on WXSP-TV, the game will also be streamed on WOODTV.com. You can find the livestream link here.