The fire for Grand Rapids Griffins, Nate Danielson’s debut, & updated playlist

Where’s the fire of the Grand Rapids Griffins? Plus, quick hits of games 2 and 3 (including Nate Danielson’s AHL debut), as well as reviewing the updated unofficial Grand Rapids Griffins playlist.
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The fire is…

For game 4, I hope they bring the oomph they lacked so far this series. Regardless of who is or isn’t in the lineup, the Grand Rapids Griffins are the best team in team in the AHL. I firmly and completely believe this thought.

They’ve gone through trials and tribulations, individually and collectively.

After starting rocky and feeling each other out, the team formed a strong connection. It’s a blast watching their personalities off-ice translate to on-ice performances. They have some goofballs, smart alecks, and more shy individuals. It makes for an interesting team, to say the least.

For game 4, I’ve chosen a special (to me) song from one of my favorite bands. Halestorm’s “I Am the Fire.” It’s difficult to pick a portion of the song to highlight, as it’s very fitting for the game tonight for the Grand Rapids Griffins, but here’s a snipit of the lyrics with the music video linked below:

"Am I brave enough, am I strong enough
To follow the desire that burns from within?
To push away my fear, to stand where I’m afraid
I am through with this, ‘cause I am more than this

I promise to myself alone and no one else
My flame is rising higher…

I’ve been sacrificed, my heart’s been cauterized
Hanging onto hope, shackled by the ghost
Of what I once believed that I could never be
What’s right in front of me

I am the fire
I am burning brighter, roaring like a storm
And I am the one I’ve been waiting for
Screaming like a siren, alive and burning brighter

I don’t believe I’ll fall from grace
I won’t let the past decide my fate
Leave forgiveness in my wake, oh!
Take the love that I’ve embraced

I promise to myself and no one else
I am more than this
I am the fire”"

Haiestorm - "I Am the Fire"

From Cossa to any skater, the Grand Rapids Griffins embody this song. 

Each one of them is the fire that we need, and I expect to see nothing but the best from the Grand Rapids Griffins in the fourth game of the series. They are the fire, certainly they’re burning brighter, and they’re the ones that we’re waiting for as fans.

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