Grand Rapids Griffins talk to Tom McCollum about becoming the Griffins’ winningest goaltender’s Mark Newman spoke with Grand Rapids Griffins goaltender Tom McCollum about his new-found status as the Griffins winningest goaltender:

Goaltender Tom McCollum has earned his place in Griffins history.

Now in his eighth season with the organization, he can proudly stand tall, having collected more regular season victories than any other netminder who has ever played in Grand Rapids.

“It’s a huge honor, especially knowing all the great goalies who have played here,” McCollum said. “When you walk through our locker room and you see all the names on the wall of guys who have gone on to play in the NHL, it’s crazy to think about.

“At the same time, it’s taken a little longer than I would have liked.”

That last statement says everything about McCollum, a friendly, self-effacing goaltender who has spent nearly his entire career proving that the Red Wings didn’t make a mistake when they drafted him in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.


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