GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Three proud Saginaw Spirit alumni are waking up champions this morning after securing the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup Championship last night. Eddie Pasquale (2008-10), Dylan Sadowy (2012-16), and Filip Hronek (2016-17) are all members of the Grand Rapids Griffins, the AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. The Griffins knocked off the Syracuse Crunch, AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lighting by a score of 4-3 on Tuesday night to win the best-of-seven series, four games to two.
The Griffins run to a second Calder Cup in franchise history was highlighted by a 10-0 mark in games played at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
Another OHL alumnus Tyler Bertuzzi won the Jack A. Butterfield trophy for most valuable player in the Calder Cup Playoffs. He scored nine goals and added 10 assists for 19 points in 19 playoff games, and scored the game-tying goal in the series-clinching win in game six.
Veterans Eric Tangradi and Brian Lashoff also played their junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League. Tangradi led the Belleville Bulls to an OHL championship appearance in 2008 when he scored 88 points. Lashoff spent three seasons with the Barrie Colts, before captaining the Kingston Fronteancs during the 2008-09 season.
Mathew Santos (Brampton/North Bay Battalion, 2012-16) and Daniel Cleary (Belleville Bulls, 1994-1998) did not appear in the playoffs but were on the active roster.
In his first pro season, Filip Hronek appeared in two games in the first round of the playoffs filling in for a depleted Griffins defense.
Eddie Pasquale severed in one relief appearance in the playoffs, but stopped all 19 shots he faced in 41 minutes of work.
One of the all-time great Spirit Alumni Dylan Sadowy did not appear in the playoffs for the Griffins. He was recalled on February 27 from the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL, where he had four points in six games.
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