Norfolk Admirals

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Norfolk Admirals
2013–14 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
201 E.Brambleton Ave
Norfolk, VA 23510

Blue, Red, Gold, Black, White

Owner(s) Ken Young and Tides Baseball, LP
General manager Bob Ferguson
Head coach Trent Yawney
Media The Virginian-Pilot; WGNT CW Norfolk
Affiliates Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)
Franchise history
2000–present Norfolk Admirals
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.


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]

Season-by-season results[edit]


Current roster[edit]

Updated January 17, 2014.[5]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
4 Canada Blacker, JessieJessie Blacker D R 23 2013 Toronto, Ontario Ducks
2 Canada Clark, MatMat Clark D R 23 2012 Lakewood, Colorado Ducks
27 Canada Cramarossa, JosephJoseph Cramarossa C L 21 2011 Markham, Ontario Ducks
16 United States Etem, EmersonEmerson Etem RW L 21 2012 Long Beach, California Ducks
6 Canada Exelby, GarnetGarnet Exelby D L 32 2013 Craik, Saskatchewan Admirals
14 Sweden Friberg, MaxMax Friberg LW R 21 2011 Skövde, Sweden Ducks
5 Canada Gagne, KevinKevin Gagne D L 22 2012 Edmundston, New Brunswick Ducks
36 United States Gibson, JohnJohn Gibson G L 20 2011 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Ducks
20 Canada Grant, AlexAlex Grant D R 25 2013 Antigonish, Nova Scotia Ducks
12 Canada Kurtz, JohnJohn Kurtz LW L 24 2012 Oakville, Ontario Admirals
28 Canada Laganiere, AntoineAntoine Laganiere C L 23 2013 L'Île-Cadieux, Quebec Admirals
34 United States Little, MikeMike Little D R 26 2013 Enfield, Connecticut Admirals
11 United States Noesen, StefanStefan Noesen RW R 22 2013 Plano, Texas Ducks
22 Canada Painchaud, ChadChad Painchaud RW R 27 2013 Mississauga, Ontario Admirals
10 Canada Parent, RyanRyan Parent D L 27 2012 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Admirals
13 Sweden Rakell, RickardRickard Rakell C R 20 2011 Stockholm, Sweden Ducks
17 Canada Sarault, CharlesCharles Sarault C L 22 2012 Mississauga, Ontario Ducks
7 France Sauve, MaximeMaxime Sauve C L 24 2013 Tours, France Admirals
23 Canada Smith-Pelly, DevanteDevante Smith-Pelly RW R 21 2012 Scarborough, Ontario Ducks
39 United States Steckel, DavidDavid Steckel C L 31 2012 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Ducks
26 Canada Stortini, ZackZack Stortini C R 28 2013 Elliot Lake, Ontario Ducks
31 Canada Thiessen, BradBrad Thiessen G L 28 2013 Aldergrove, British Columbia Admirals
21 United States Wagner, ChrisChris Wagner C R 22 2012 Wellesley, Massachusetts Ducks
8 Sweden Warg, StefanStefan Warg D R 24 2008 Stockholm, Sweden Ducks
18 United States Whitney, StevenSteven Whitney C R 23 2012 Boston, Massachusetts Ducks
3 Canada Yonkman, NolanNolan Yonkman D R 33 2013 Punnichy, Saskatchewan Ducks

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]

Single season[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, 297 (2013- 2014)
Wins: Corey Crawford, 38 (2006–07)
GAA: Craig Anderson, 1.94 (2002–03)
SV%: Craig Anderson, .923 (2002–03)


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


  1. ^ Virginian-Pilot, April 16, 2012
  2. ^, April 15 2012
  3. ^, 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". May 25, 2010. Retrieved May 27, 2010. 

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