Griffins’ Callahan hopes to play in playoffs

Mitch Callahan looks on as his teammates in the Grand Rapids Griffins practice. (April 16, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An injured Grand Rapids Griffin hopes to be back on the ice sometime during the Calder Cup playoffs.

The Griffins close out their regular season this Friday and Saturday with two games against the Lake Erie Monsters. The playoffs start next week.

A Grand Rapids Griffins "Defend the Cup" logo on Van Andel Arena. (April 16, 2014)
(A Grand Rapids Griffins “Defend the Cup” logo on Van Andel Arena. April 16, 2014)

Wednesday, forward Mitch Callahan was at Van Andel Arena as his teammates practiced.

Callahan has been out since April 2 since he sustained a broken jaw and lost 10 teeth when teammate Ryan Sproul’s slap shot caught him in the face.

He was not ready to practice yet on Wednesday, but told 24 Hour News 8 he’s hoping to have wires removed from his broken jaw Thursday.

He also hopes to be able to play sometime during the playoffs.

Shortly after left the ice after being hurt, Callahan posted a selfie on Twitter, showing his bloodied mouth and split upper lip.

Click here to go to Callahan’s Twitter account and view the selfie, which is graphic.

The image was retweeted more than 7,300 times and more than 5,600 people favorited it.

Since that tweet was posted, Callahan gained 4,000 new followers.

An April 11 tweet from Callahan shows he hasn’t lost his sense of humor. He posted a photo of his grandmother holding out her dentures:

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