GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Kentwood’s Mike Knuble is coming home to West Michigan to play hockey.
The 40-year-old forward has agreed to join the Grand Rapids Griffins on a 25-game professional tryout. Knuble was on a professional try-out with the Detroit Red Wings during their one-week training camp to see if he could crack their NHL lineup.
The Red Wings have an abundance of forwards already signed and decided not to keep Knuble with the team as it breaks camp. Detroit opens up its 48-game regular season schedule Saturday in St. Louis.
The Griffins are in Rockford and will take on the IceHogs on Saturday. Knuble will not join the team this weekend in Rockford, and instead is expected to sign his professional tryout on Monday and join the team then. His first game with the Griffins could be at Van Andel Arena on Wednesday when the Griffins host the Oklahoma City Barons.