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Griffins show off new jerseys during “Wings for Lunch”

gr-jerseys_200.jpgThe Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday introduced their new Rbk EDGE uniforms during intermission of the “Wings for Lunch” event at Van Andel Arena.

With more than 3,000 fans and two dozen media in attendance to watch Detroit Red Wings and Griffins practices, the Griffins unveiled their first game sweater design change in five seasons and just the second in the franchise’s 12-year history.

Griffins players Ryan Oulahen and Jon Insana modeled the home white and road blue jerseys, whose new features include a streamlined shape, solid color shoulders and vertical striping up each side.

All 29 American Hockey League teams will use Reebok’s new Rbk EDGE Uniform System™ beginning with the 2007-08 season. This league-wide uniform innovation was established by Reebok with the National Hockey League earlier this year with performance and safety at the forefront of the design process. After more than two years of research and testing, including integral player feedback, the Rbk EDGE Uniform System will debut this fall in only two leagues worldwide: the NHL and the AHL.

The Detroit Red Wings returned to Van Andel Arena for the first time in four years on Wednesday for a “Wings for Lunch” event, which began at noon with a 75-minute Red Wings practice, followed at 1:45 p.m. by a 75-minute Griffins practice and a Wings autograph session.