Congratulations Grand Rapids Griffins. The American Hockey League has honored them as among the league's very best in ticket sales and social media for the 2013-14 season.

The Griffins were honored as the AHL’s Ticket Sales Department of the Year during the league’s marketing meeting in June, before winning the AHL’s Team Business Services award for digital media excellence among Western Conference teams. It marks the second time in just four years that Grand Rapids’ ticket sales department has been so honored, following a season in which the franchise’s attendance ranked second in the AHL and realized an increase for the fourth consecutive season.

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Additionally, teams from each conference were selected for excellence in the areas of digital media, community relations and fan experience. The Manchester Monarchs (Eastern) and Griffins (Western) were honored for digital media excellence; the St. John’s IceCaps (Eastern) and Charlotte Checkers (Western) earned the nods for exceptional community relations efforts; and the St. John’s IceCaps (Eastern) and Toronto Marlies (Western) were recognized for outstanding fan experience at home games.

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 87 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 13th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2013-14.