Norfolk Admirals

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Norfolk Admirals
2014–15 Norfolk Admirals season
Norfolk Admirals.svg
City Norfolk, Virginia
League American Hockey League
Conference Eastern Conference
Division East Division
Founded 2000
Home arena Norfolk Scope
Colors                    
Owner(s) Ken Young and Tides Baseball, LP
General manager Canada Bob Ferguson
Head coach Canada Jarrod Skalde
Media The Virginian-Pilot; WGNT CW Norfolk
Affiliates Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)
Franchise history
2000–present Norfolk Admirals
Championships
Regular season titles 1 (2011–12)
Division Championships 3 (2001–02, 2002–03, 2011–12)
Conference Championships 1 (2011–12)
Calder Cups 1 (2011–12)

The Norfolk Admirals are a professional ice hockey team that plays in the American Hockey League. They became affiliated with the Anaheim Ducks after being dropped from the Tampa Bay Lightning following their 2012 AHL champion season. The Admirals play in Norfolk, Virginia at the Norfolk Scope.

History[edit]

Originally the Hampton Roads Admirals of the East Coast Hockey League, the team ownership sought and gained admission to the American Hockey League as an expansion franchise for the 2000–01 season. The team name pays homage to the area's long naval history.

Norfolk is one of two franchises in the AHL named the Admirals, sharing the nickname with the Milwaukee Admirals. The Milwaukee franchise transferred from the defunct International Hockey League, and were allowed to keep their previous moniker.

Norfolk's geographically closest rivals are the Hershey Bears, Charlotte Checkers, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Admirals have two mascots, a dog named Salty and a rabbit named Hat Trick.

On March 19, 2007, the Chicago Blackhawks announced that their affiliation with the Admirals would end after the 2006–07 season. On March 29, 2007, the Tampa Bay Lightning officially announced the Admirals as their new affiliate. On June 14, 2012 Tampa Bay announced their separation from the 2012 Calder Cup champions in favor of the Syracuse Crunch. Later in that month owner Ken Young announced he had closed a five-year agreement with the Anaheim Ducks.

The market was previously home to:

2011–12 season[edit]

During the 2011–12 season, the Norfolk Admirals set a professional hockey record for the longest winning streak, winning their 28th consecutive game on April 15 against the Adirondack Phantoms.[1][2] The streak far surpassed the previous AHL record of 17 straight wins set by the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2004–05, as well as the pro hockey record of 18 games set by the Peoria Rivermen of the original International Hockey League in 1991.

The streak garnered international media attention for the Admirals and the American Hockey League, including highlights on NHL Network and ESPN's SportsCenter.

The 28-game streak included 15 home games and 13 road games. The win streak started on February 10 against Adirondack. Before their 3-2 OT win against Binghamton on April 14, the previous 20 games were all won in regulation.[3] As of October 20, 2012 the Norfolk Admirals have won 32 regular season games in a row dating back to the 2011–12 season.

The winning streak translated into a deep playoff run for the Admirals, where they would win 15 of 18 playoff games, including back to back four game sweeps in the Eastern Conference and Calder Cup Finals. On June 9, 2012, the Admirals captured their first ever Calder Cup with a 6-1 win over the Toronto Marlies.[4]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated October 27, 2014.[5]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
10 Canada Bailey, MattMatt Bailey C L 23 2014 Winnipeg, Manitoba Ducks
9 Canada Bell, BrendanBrendan Bell D L 31 2014 Ottawa, Ontario Admirals
4 Canada Blacker, JessieJessie Blacker D R 23 2013 Toronto, Ontario Ducks
35 Russia Bobkov, IgorIgor Bobkov G L 23 2012 Surgud, Soviet Union Ducks
2 Canada Clark, MatMat Clark D R 24 2012 Lakewood, Colorado Ducks
19 Canada Cramarossa, JosephJoseph Cramarossa C L 22 2013 Markham, Ontario Ducks
14 Sweden Friberg, MaxMax Friberg LW R 21 2013 Skövde, Sweden Ducks
5 Canada Gagne, KevinKevin Gagne D L 22 2013 Edmundston, New Brunswick Ducks
8 United States Kerdiles, NicNic Kerdiles LW L 20 2014 Lewisville, Texas Ducks
12 Canada Kurtz, JohnJohn Kurtz LW L 25 2012 Oakville, Ontario Admirals
1 Canada LaBarbera, JasonJason LaBarbera G L 34 2014 Burnaby, British Columbia Ducks
28 Canada Laganiere, AntoineAntoine Laganiere C L 24 2013 L'Île-Cadieux, Quebec Ducks
20 Canada Leblanc, LouisLouis Leblanc RW R 23 2014 Pointe-Claire, Quebec Ducks
33 Canada MacIntyre, SteveSteve MacIntyre LW L 34 2014 Brock, Saskatchewan Admirals
6 Canada McIver, NathanNathan McIver D L 29 2014 Summerside, Prince Edward Island Admirals
11 United States Noesen, StefanStefan Noesen Injured Reserve RW R 22 2013 Plano, Texas Ducks
25 Canada O'Brien, AndrewAndrew O'Brien D L 21 2013 Oakville, Ontario Ducks
34 Canada Pacan, DavidDavid Pacan RW R 23 2014 Ottawa, Ontario P.T.O.
29 Canada Rome, AaronAaron Rome D L 31 2014 Nesbitt, Manitoba Admirals
17 Canada Sarault, CharlesCharles Sarault C L 22 2013 Mississauga, Ontario Ducks
39 United States Steckel, DavidDavid Steckel C L 32 2013 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Admirals
21 United States Wagner, ChrisChris Wagner C R 23 2012 Wellesley, Massachusetts Ducks
15 United States Winchester, BradBrad Winchester W L 33 2014 Madison, Wisconsin Admirals
18 Canada Yip, BrandonBrandon Yip RW R 29 2014 Maple Ridge, British Columbia Admirals


Team Captains[edit]

Notable Alumni[edit]

NHL alumni of the Norfolk Admirals include:

2010 Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

In the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, sixteen former Admirals competed for the championship. Bryan Bickell, Dave Bolland, Troy Brouwer, Adam Burish, Dustin Byfuglien, Corey Crawford, Jake Dowell, Colin Fraser, Jordan Hendry, Duncan Keith, Danny Richmond, Brent Seabrook, Jack Skille, and Kris Versteeg were on the Chicago Blackhawks active roster. Michael Leighton and Lukas Krajicek played for the Philadelphia Flyers.[6]

Team records[edit]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Single-season records[edit]

Goals: Troy Brouwer, 41 (2006–07)
Assists: Martin St. Pierre, 72 (2006–07)
Points: Martin St. Pierre, 99 (2006–07)
Penalty minutes: Zack Stortini, 299 (2013- 2014)
Wins: Corey Crawford, 38 (2006–07)
GAA: Craig Anderson, 1.94 (2002–03)
SV%: Craig Anderson, .923 (2002–03)

Career records[edit]

Career goals: Brandon Bochenski, 81
Career assists: Marty Wilford, 141
Career points: Ajay Baines, 175
Career penalty minutes: Shawn Thornton, 1208
Career goaltending wins: Dustin Tokarski, 80
Career shutouts: Michael Leighton, 18
Career games: Ajay Baines, 409

References[edit]

  1. ^ Virginian-Pilot, April 16, 2012
  2. ^ TheAHL.com, April 15 2012
  3. ^ TheAHL.com, April 6, 2012
  4. ^ Hodges, Jim (June 10, 2012). "Admirals win AHL championship with a sweep". The Virginian Pilot. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Norfolk Admrials 2013-14 rosters". Norfolk Admrials. 2014-01-17. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  6. ^ "Sixteen former Admirals players to compete for Stanley Cup". downtownnorfolk.org. May 25, 2010. Retrieved May 27, 2010. 

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