GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins have named longtime defenseman Brian Lashoff as their next captain. Lashoff is the 17th captain in franchise history.
The 30-year-old enters his 12th season as a member of the Griffins. He has spent his entire career with the Red Wings organization after signing with them in 2008. Lashoff made his debut with the Griffins in 2009. The final game of the 2019-2020 regular season was Lashoff’s 500th career game with the Griffins. He is one of three members of the Griffins who were a part of the 2013 and 2017 Calder Cup Championship teams and is the only remaining player that is still a part of the organization.
In 500 career AHL contests, Lashoff has picked up 106 points (25-81–106). He has also spent some time with the Detroit Red Wings, playing in 136 games and collecting 15 points (2-13–15).
Lashoff has been one of the alternate captains of the Griffins since 2012-2013. Dylan McIlrath, Kyle Criscuolo, Turner Elson, and Dominic Turgeon will serve as alternate captains for the Griffins this season.
The Griffins are set to wrap up training camp today as they get set to hit the road for their season-opening tilt tomorrow against the Chicago Wolves. Tomorrow drops the puck on an abbreviated season where the Griffins will match up against Central Division opponents only. They will be on the road for the first four games of the season before playing in their home opener on February 20 when they host the Cleveland Monsters.
The Griffins will are hoping to host fans at some point this season, but they will begin the season without fans.
Anthony Noffke covers the Grand Rapids Griffins for The Sin Bin. Interact with him at @SinBinGriffins.