Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/17/14

CALGARY, CANADA - OCTOBER 31: Goaltender Chris Osgood #30 of the Detroit Red Wings warms up prior to their game against the Calgary Flames on October 31, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Red Wings defeated the Flames 3-1. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)
Being affiliated with the Detroit Red Wings has turned out nicely for the Grand Rapids Griffins. Detroits top minor league club has a roster filled with premiere Red Wings prospects, an up and coming coaching staff led by head coach, Jeff Blashill, along with assistants, Jim Paek and Spiros Anastas, plus, a few "special assistants" with the last names of Chelios, Osgood, Draper and Fischer. At any given Griffins practice, youre likely to see at least one former Red Wings star on the ice instructing Detroits future. On Thursday, it was Chris Chelios and Chris Osgood, as the Griffins were preparing for Game Four of the Calder Cup Finals the AHLs championship with Grand Rapids holding a 3-0 lead over Syracuse. To be part of the Red Wing organization is a special thing, Blashill said. Theyve been the best-run sports team over the last twenty years. Theyre an Original Six franchise and I think our players realize just how special this really is. Our guys just dont want to play in ...
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