The Wings' all-time minor league titles

Griffins are the 12th affiliate in Red Wings' history to win championship

Tuesday, 06.18.2013 / 10:56 PM
Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT – On Tuesday, the Grand Rapids Griffins became the 12th farm team in Red Wings’ franchise history to win a minor-league championship. With their 5-2 win, the Griffins defeated the Syracuse Crunch four games to two in their best-of-seven series.

Here is a list of the Red Wings’ 12 minor-league championships:

1935-36 Detroit Olympics (International League)

Beat Windsor Bulldogs 3-0 in best-of-five final

Coach: Donie Hughes

Key Players: Carl Liscombe, Mud Bruneteau, John Sherf, and Turk Broda.

1941-42 Indianapolis Capitals (American Hockey League)

Beat Hershey Bears 3-1 in best-of-five final

Coach: Herb Lewis

Key Players: Gus Giesebrecht, Hal Jackson, Hec Kilrea, and Joe Turner.

1949-50 Indianapolis Capitals (American Hockey League)

Beat Cleveland Barons 4-0 in best-of-seven finals

Coach: Ott Heller

Key Players: Terry Sawchuk, Al Dewsbury, Fred Glover, Ben Woit, and Doug McKay.

1952-53 Edmonton Flyers (Western Hockey League)

Beat Saskatoon Quakers 4-2 in best-of-seven finals

Coach: Bud Poile

Key Players: Glenn Hall, Al Arbour, Earl Reibel, Larry Wilson, and Vic Stasiuk.

1954-55 Edmonton Flyers (Western Hockey League)

Beat Calgary Stampeders 4-0 in best-of-seven finals

Coach: Bud Poile

Key Players: Glenn Hall, Bronco Horvath, John Bucyk, Norm Ullman, and Jerry Melnyk.

1961-62 Edmonton Flyers (Western Hockey League)

Beat Spokane Comets 4-3 in best-of-seven finals

Coach: Bud Poile

Key Players: Howie Young, Ed Joyal, Billy McNeill, and Len Lunde.

1966-67 Pittsburgh Hornets (American Hockey League)

Beat Rochester Americans 4-0 in best-of-seven finals

Coach: Baz Bastien

Key Players: Val Fonteyne, Warren Godfrey, Pete Goegan, Doug Harvey, Pete Mahovlich, Parker MacDonald, and Hank Bassen.

1980-81 Adirondack Red Wings (American Hockey League)

Beat Maine Mariners 4-2 in best-of-seven finals

Co-Coaches: Tom Webster/J.P. Leblanc

Key Players: Mike Blaisdell, Dave Hanson, Bill Hogaboam, Pete Mahovlich, Ted Nolan, and Dennis Polonich.

1985-86 Adirondack Red Wings (American Hockey League)

Beat Hershey Bears 4-2 in best-of-seven finals

Coach: Bill Dineen

Key Players: Pierre Aubry, Shawn Burr, Lane Lambert, Claude Loiselle, and Bob Probert.

1988-89 Adirondack Red Wings (American Hockey League)

Beat New Haven Nighthawks 4-1 in best-of-five finals

Coach: Bill Dineen

Key Players: Murray Eaves, Brent Fedyk, Adam Graves, Randy McKay, Joe Murphy, Yves Racine, and Tim Cheveldae.

1991-92 Adirondack Red Wings (American Hockey League)

Beat St. John's Maple Leafs 4-3 in best-of-seven finals

Coach: Barry Melrose

Key Players: Bruce Boudreau, Sheldon Kennedy, Martin Lapointe, Keith Primeau, and Mike Sillinger.

2012-13 Grand Rapids Griffins (American Hockey League)

Beat Syracuse Crunch 4-2 in best-of-seven finals

Coach: Jeff Blashill

Key Players: Joakim Andersson, Landon Ferraro, Tomas Jurco, Petr Mrazek, Gustav Nyquist, and Riley Sheahan.

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