Crazy to think that it's been almost a year since we've had hockey at Van Andel Arena.  Actually, it's been almost a year since we've had anything happening at the arena, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

WOODTV reports that crews spent Thursday painting the Griffins' logo, as well as other sponsor logos on the ice around the arena as the American Hockey League season, starts to take shape.  So far all we really know is that officials with the American Hockey League say they're still ready to kick off their season on February 5th, but we don't have much else to go on as to when the Griffin's will actually take the ice. We do know that the NHL is already underway, with the Detroit Red Wings taking the ice in Detroit Thursday night.

The American Hockey League looks to have almost all of their teams participating in the upcoming hockey seasons, WOODTV says only three teams decided to sit out this season, Milwaukee Admirals, Springfield Thunderbirds, and Charlotte Checkers, and their NHL affiliates are working with other teams to find places for players on those three teams to go play this season.

According to WOODTV, other than the season is coming together, and the logos have been painted, there's not a lot of info as to a schedule, or much else, including whether or not fans will even be allowed in the arena to watch the Griffs.

While we know that it wouldn't be a capacity, hopefully, some fans will be allowed into the games, it would be nice to have something else we could get out and go enjoy.


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