Milwaukee Admirals

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Milwaukee Admirals
2013–14 Milwaukee Admirals season
Milwaukee Admirals.svg
City Milwaukee, Wisconsin
League American Hockey League
Conference Western Conference
Division Midwest Division
Founded 1970 (As an amateur team)
Home arena BMO Harris Bradley Center
Colors

Black, ice blue, gray, white

                   
Owner(s) Group headed by
Harris Turer
General manager Paul Fenton
Head coach Dean Evason
Captain Mike Moore
Media SportsRadio 1250
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Affiliates Nashville Predators (NHL)
Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL)
Franchise history
1970 (amateur) Milwaukee Wings
1970-1973 Milwaukee Admirals
1973–1977 (USHL) Milwaukee Admirals
1977–2001 (IHL) Milwaukee Admirals
2001–present (AHL) Milwaukee Admirals
Championships
Regular season titles 1 AHL (2003–04)
Division Championships 4 IHL (1982–83, 1992–93, 1994–95, 1995–96)
4 AHL (2003–04, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11)
Conference Championships 2 (2003–04),(2005–06)
Calder Cups 1 (2003–04)
Playoff championships 1 USHL title (1975–76)

The Milwaukee Admirals are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They play in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

History[edit]

The Admirals first took to the ice in the winter of 1970 as an amateur club known as the Milwaukee Wings. They lost their first game on January 25 when the Madison All-Stars beat them 17–7. They got their first win five days later when they defeated the Milwaukee Winter Club 10–8.

The next year the team was sold by the original owner Reed Fansher to a group of investors. One of the investors, Erwin J. Merar, owned an appliance store. The team was renamed the "Admirals" after a brand of household appliances sold in Merar's store.

Beginning with the 197374 season the Admirals joined the newly formed United States Hockey League. Their first season in a league was not particularly successful as they ended the season in last place in their division. They won only 11 games, lost 35, and tied two games that season.

The Admirals won the USHL league championship in 1976, winning seven straight games in the league's playoffs. In the off-season, the team was purchased by former Chicago Blackhawks announcer Lloyd Pettit and his wife, Jane Bradley Pettit.

For the 197778 season the Admirals joined the International Hockey League as the USHL was becoming a strictly amateur league. The Admirals appeared in the IHL's Turner Cup finals only once (1983), where they lost to Toledo in six games.

They stayed a part of the IHL until it joined the American Hockey League for the 200102 season when the IHL ceased operations. Five other IHL franchises also joined the AHL that season. The team was allowed to keep their nickname despite the presence of the Norfolk Admirals in the AHL, as Milwaukee has had the nickname since 1977, well before the Norfolk team was established as the Hampton Roads Admirals in the ECHL.

They won their first Calder Cup in 2004 when they defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Prior to the finals, Milwaukee needed seven games to defeat the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks in the first round. Then the Admirals defeated the Chicago Wolves in six games to advance to the conference finals. The Admirals then eliminated the Rochester Americans four games to one. Milwaukee went on to sweep the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to win the Calder Cup. The Admirals completed a rare postseason run in which they needed one fewer games to eliminate their opponents in each subsequent series.

The Admirals were purchased in June 2005 by a group of investors, led by Harris J. Turer, including Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio, assistant general manager Gord Ash and pitcher Ben Sheets. The Brewers subsequently became the sole uniform sponsor of the Admirals, and the Admirals wear a Brewers logo patch on their sweaters.

The Admirals won their second division title as a member of the American Hockey League in 2006, clinching the title on the last day of their schedule with a win over the Grand Rapids Griffins.

After narrowly winning a seven-game playoff series over the Iowa Stars, Milwaukee swept both the Houston Aeros and Grand Rapids Griffins to advance to their second Calder Cup final series. To their disappointment, the Admirals would lose 4–2 to the Hershey Bears.

On August 1, 2006, the Admirals unveiled their newest logo to the public at the Henry Maier Festival Park (also known as the Summerfest grounds). The logo came with a radical color change for the team, away from red and blue hues to one of black, white and light blue. They also unveiled their new slogan, "Never Say Die".

NHL affiliation[edit]

The Admirals have been the top-level affiliate of the Nashville Predators since that team's founding in 1998. On February 22, 2010, the clubs signed a new agreement that extended that relationship through the 2011–12 season with a mutual option for 2012–13.[1]

I like to say that for our players, the road to Nashville runs through Milwaukee and a look at our roster illustrates this. (T)his is the kind of environment that we want our prospects to develop in.
 
— Nashville General Manager David Poile

Coincidentally but unrelated, the two cities' baseball franchises share a reverse affiliation, as the Nashville Sounds are the AAA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

During the 2006–2007 season, the Admirals were also part of an unusual affiliation agreement with the Edmonton Oilers, who used five partial affiliates in the AHL for the 2006–07 season. These five affiliates included the Milwaukee Admirals, the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Iowa Stars, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and the Hamilton Bulldogs. This arrangement lasted one season, as the Oilers announced a three-year affiliation with the Springfield Falcons on March 19, 2007. The Oilers are now affiliated with the Oklahoma City Barons.

Team information[edit]

Logos[edit]

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logo during
independent years
1973–1977 1977–1981 logo,
the first “Skating Sailor”
1981–1997 1997–2006 2006–present

Season-by-season results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated April 22, 2014.[2][3]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
41 Canada Beck, TaylorTaylor Beck RW R 22 2011 St. Catherines, Ontario Predators
2 United States Bitetto, AnthonyAnthony Bitetto D L 23 2012 Island Park, New York Predators
10 Sweden Cehlin, PatrickPatrick Cehlin RW R 22 2012 Stockholm, Sweden Predators
37 United States Darling, ScottScott Darling G L 25 2013 Lemont, Illinois Admirals
3 Canada Diaby, Jonathan-IsmaelJonathan-Ismael Diaby D L 19 2014 Blainville, Quebec Predators
4 Canada Ford, ScottScott Ford (C) D R 34 2013 Fort St. John, British Columbia Admirals
8 Sweden Forsberg, FilipFilip Forsberg RW R 19 2013 Östervåla, Sweden Predators
19 Sweden Järnkrok, CalleCalle Järnkrok C R 22 2014 Gavle, Sweden Predators
36 Finland Järvinen, JoonasJoonas Järvinen D L 25 2012 Turku, Finland Predators
17 Canada Liambas, MichaelMichael Liambas LW L 25 2012 Woodbridge, Ontario Admirals
31 Czech Republic Mazanec, MarekMarek Mazanec G L 22 2013 Pisek, Czechoslovakia Predators
21 Switzerland Moser, SimonSimon Moser LW L 25 2013 Bern, Switzerland Predators
23 United States Noonan, GarrettGarrett Noonan D L 23 2014 Boston, Massachusetts Predators
13 United States Pendenza, JoeJoe Pendenza C L 23 2014 Wilmington, Massachusetts Admirals
15 Canada Pimm, BradenBraden Pimm RW L 24 2014 Fort St. John, British Columbia Admirals
7 United States Piskula, JoeJoe Piskula (A) D L 29 2013 Antigo, Wisconsin Predators
88 Finland Rask, JoonasJoonas Rask RW R 24 2012 Savonlinna, Finland Predators
5 Canada Rissling, JaynenJaynen Rissling D L 20 2014 Edmonton, Alberta Predators
33 Canada Rodney, BryanBryan Rodney D R 30 2013 London, Ontario Predators
55 Canada Roussel, Charles-OlivierCharles-Olivier Roussel D L 22 2012 Saint-Eustache, Quebec Predators
20 Finland Salomaki, MiikkaMiikka Salomaki LW L 21 2013 Raahe, Finland Predators
74 United States Saponari, VinnyVinny Saponari RW R 24 2013 Powder Springs, Georgia Admirals
18 Canada Sissons, ColtonColton Sissons C R 20 2013 North Vancouver, British Columbia Predators
16 Canada Tousignant, MathieuMathieu Tousignant C L 24 2013 Saint-Étienne-de-Lauzon, Quebec Admirals
22 Canada Valentine, ScottScott Valentine D L 22 2011 Ottawa, Ontario Predators
12 Finland Vainonen, MikkoMikko Vainonen D L 20 2014 Helsinki, Finland Admirals
29 United States Van Guilder, MarkMark Van Guilder (A) C R 30 2008 Roseville, Minnesota Predators
47 Canada Wathier, FrancisFrancis Wathier LW L 29 2014 St. Isidore, Ontario Stars
51 United States Watson, AustinAustin Watson C R 22 2012 Ann Arbor, Michigan Predators

Retired numbers[edit]

Team captains[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Team records[edit]

Single season
Goals: Danny Lecours, 75, (1982–83)
Assists: Dale Yakiwchuk, 100, (1982–83)
Points: Dale Yakiwchuk, 138, (1982–83)
Penalty minutes: Don Gibson, 381, (1992–93)
GAA: Mark Dekanich, 2.09, (2008–09)
SV%: Magnus Hellberg, .924, (2012–13)
Career
Career goals: Danny Lecours, 444
Career assists: Fred Berry, 379
Career points: Danny Lecours, 813
Career penalty minutes: Ken Sabourin, 1233
Career goaltending wins: Rich Sirois, 119
Career shutouts: Brian Finley, 11
Career games: Danny Lecours, 641

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