The Griffins bring the Calder Cup home to Grand Rapids. (June 19, 2013)
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids is celebrating the city's biggest pro sports championship in history: The Calder Cup coming home to the Calder City.
The Grand Rapids Griffins became champions of the American Hockey League Tuesday night, beating the Syracuse Crunch in game six.
A few diehard fans showed their heart around 2:30 a.m Wednesday, greeting the Griffins as they arrived home with the cup.
"This is so incredible and so great for Grand Rapids! It's so great for these guys-- they worked so hard for this," said Mary Theeuwas.
A few hours later, workers set the stage for a celebration - 17 years in the making
"The biggest feeling I had, beside sigh of elation, is the huge sigh of relief that we finally got it done," said Tim Gortsema, senior vice president for the Griffins.
"A lot of our season ticket holders have been there for 17 seasons so for them it's hugely gratifying," said Scott Gorsline, chief operating officer of the Griffins.
"I work here I've stood in my spot for 17 years waiting for a win, sharing with my season ticket holders, so this is everything to me," said Kit Domers.
The red white and blue championship tee shirts were moving well Wednesday morning and hats and pucks will arrive in a week or so.
Kathy Mooney said the win means a lot for the Calder City. "Just another reason to put Grand Rapids on the map with them winning-- with everything else that goes on here, it's just another jewel in the crown for the city."