Hockey Mania: Red Wings Flying: Go Griffins!!

Van Andel ArenaDo you enjoy professional sports? Griffins 5I’m not one for any type of violence, but I’m definitely impressed by the power—Griffins 5and often the grace and beauty—of trained athletes. Griffins 9To me, hockey is one of the fastest, most graceful,DSC02901and most exciting competitive team sports. Griffins at Van Andel ArenaHere in GR we have the Griffins, Detroit Red Wings Hata farm team for the Detroit Red Wings, and they are great!

Detroit Red WingsIf you’re a hockey fan at all, you may know that the Red Wings are in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for their 25th straight season, which means the Wings have the honor of holding the world’s record for the longest active winning streak of any of the four major North American professional sports leagues (including the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB). Congratulations! Griffins 2016 PlayoffsIf you love hockey the way Alan does but can’t make it to a Wings’ Game, it’s not too late to get tickets for a Griffins game! Tickets for the first two home games of the Calder Cup 2016 playoffs just went on sale 2 hours ago.  Griffins 3Alan says he grew up with skates on his feet, and he was on hockey teams even after we were married. With six sons, he always considered that we had our own hockey team, and the kids (Kathy and me too) grew up playing sandlot hockey in our backyard ice rinks during the winters.

Griffins 10 So, Alan was especially touched when Aaron and Carlie gave us Griffins winning!6 tickets to see the Griffins for a Christmas present.Griffins Memorabilia We hadn’t been to a professional hockey game in 40 years,Crowds at Van Andel for Griffins and we were totally unprepared for the rock-star, circus atmosphere…Lines for concession stand at Griffins game$2 beers and $2 hotdogs (although I didn’t get either), Mascots play at Griffins Gamemascots, flashing lights, Griffins 7games, and disco music…Griffins 4but their skating last Friday night against the Chicago Wolves in a 4:3 win Blimp at Griffins Gamewas super impressive, First Goal of Griffins against Wolvesand we’re looking forward to watching them again tonight.Replay of Griffins' Goal For those of you who can’t go,DSC02890 I’d like to offer a staple sample from our family’s childhood cult classics.
(Below…)DSC02888Going to the game wasn’t quite as harrowing as “Hockey Homocide,”DSC02920 but Goofy definitely gives you a little feel…Griffins. Gloves Flying

Griffins“Train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:7-8, ESV).

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