Red Wings prospect Jonatan Berggren has hilarious directions mishap while traveling to Grand Rapids

Forward Jonatan Berggren was drafted 33rd overall by the Detroit Red Wings in 2018, and he’ll be playing with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins this year – if he can find the city!

Berggren accidentally navigated himself to the small town of Grand Rapids, Ohio rather than the city in western Michigan that’s home to Detroit’s American Hockey League affiliate.

And he’s laughing about it now! The translation reads:

Berggren says that he packed the rental car together with his girlfriend Tilde before they rolled … south.

“She told me to enter the arena’s address on the GPS, but I could not find it. We only enter Grand Rapids so we can apply for it when we arrive,” I said. “It said Grand Rapids OH and I had never heard it before. But wow, there’s probably only one Grand Rapids in the US, I thought. It was also two hours from Detroit, and they had told me it would take about that long.

The following two hours floated on without any problems, although Berggren describes it as “the law of the jungle” applies in American traffic.

“So it felt damn nice when there were only 20 minutes left, but still odd in some way. I’ve read about Grand Rapids and it’s supposed to be pretty big. But this looks like a village, when will the city come !? Once we entered Grand Rapids we were met by farmers as well. We checked it out and there are only seven hundred people living in that small cave,” Berggren laughs

Grand Rapids, Ohio had a population of 965 according to the 2010 census, so it’s certainly understandable why Berggren was confused!

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