Friday, September 15, 2006

Travis Richards Night - Nov. 24

Travis Richards, the only Grand Rapids Griffins player to play in each of the team’s first 10 seasons (1996-2006), will have his No. 24 jersey retired during a ceremony on Friday, Nov. 24, prior to the Griffins’ 7:00 p.m. game against the Chicago Wolves.

As part of the festivities for “Travis Richards Night presented by Grand Craft,” the first 1,500 kids will receive a Griffins T-shirt featuring Richards’ name and legendary No. 24 on the back. The organization will also mark the occasion with presentations and events throughout the evening.

At the time of Richards’ retirement announcement, only five pro athletes in the state of Michigan – Kris Draper, Nicklas Lidstrom and Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings, and Jason Hanson and Cory Schlesinger of the Detroit Lions – had logged more consecutive, uninterrupted seasons of play in their current uniform than “Mr. Griffin.”

Richards became the second player and first American to sign with the Griffins on July 26, 1996, and he departed as Grand Rapids’ all-time leader with 655 games played. He helped lead the Griffins to five division titles, four conference championship appearances and an IHL Turner Cup Finals berth (2000) during the last seven years.

Full Griffins press release HERE


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