Norfolk Admirals (ECHL)

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Norfolk Admirals
2018–19 ECHL season
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CityNorfolk, Virginia
Founded1995 (in the WCHL)
Home arenaNorfolk Scope
Owner(s)Mango Media Group
Head coachRobbie Ftorek
MediaThe Virginian-Pilot; WGNT CW Norfolk
AffiliatesArizona Coyotes (NHL)
Tucson Roadrunners (AHL)
Franchise history
1995–1998Bakersfield Fog
1998–2015Bakersfield Condors
2015–presentNorfolk Admirals

The Norfolk Admirals are a professional ice hockey team in the ECHL which began play in the 2015–16 season. Based in Norfolk, Virginia, the team plays its home games at the Norfolk Scope.

The Admirals replaced the American Hockey League team of the same name, which played from 2000 until 2015, after which they moved to San Diego, California and became the current incarnation of the San Diego Gulls.


Former AHL team logo also used for team's first two seasons in the ECHL.

On January 29, 2015, the Anaheim Ducks announced that they would be moving their AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, to San Diego as one of five charter members of the AHL's new Pacific Division.[1] The next day, the Edmonton Oilers announced that their outgoing ECHL team, the Bakersfield Condors (who would also be supplanted by a new Bakersfield Condors in the AHL), would move to Norfolk and take on the Admirals name and logo.[2] The Oilers Entertainment Group had originally purchased the ECHL Condors in January 2014, one year prior to the announcement of the relocation.[3]

Admirals hockey in Norfolk actually began in the ECHL, where the Hampton Roads Admirals played from 1989 until 2000, when the ownership group purchased an AHL franchise license, changed the name to the Norfolk Admirals, and began play as an AHL expansion team starting with the 2000–01 season. The original ECHL Admirals' run was very successful, winning three titles – the Riley Cup in 1991 and 1992 and the Kelly Cup in 1998, an ECHL record which has since been tied by the Alaska Aces and the South Carolina Stingrays.

After one season, the Oilers announced they had sold the Admirals franchise to the Mango Media Group.[4] The Admirals continued the Oilers affiliation under the new ownership for the rest of the 2016–17 season. In 2017–18, the Admirals left the Oilers' organization and affiliated with the Nashville Predators. On June 1, 2017, the Admirals revealed their new logo which is similar to the logo of the original Admirals ECHL team and had similar colors to their NHL affiliate. However, on November 28, 2017, the team announced that it has ended its affiliation agreement with the Predators after only 19 games during the 2017–18 season.[5] The Admirals finished the season independent of any official affiliations and failed to make the playoffs for the third straight season.

Prior to the 2018–19 season, the Admirals re-signed head coach Robbie Ftorek on a two-year contract[6] and affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes.[7]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA PIM Standing Year 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Kelly Cup
2015–16 72 30 37 4 1 65 201 232 1193 5th of 5, East Div. 2016 Did not qualify
2016–17 72 26 40 6 0 58 214 271 868 7th of 7, South Div. 2017 Did not qualify
2017–18 72 26 39 6 1 59 211 269 803 6th of 7, South Div. 2018 Did not qualify

Current roster[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
35 United States Jeremy Brodeur G L 22 2018 Essex Fells, New Jersey Admirals
44 Switzerland Romain Chuard D L 22 2018 Geneve, Switzerland Admirals
7 United States Chris Crane RW R 27 2018 West Chester Township, Ohio Admirals
22 Canada Patrick D'Amico C L 24 2017 Winnipeg, Manitoba Admirals
12 Canada Ben Duffy RW R 26 2018 Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia Admirals
13 Sweden John Gustafsson LW L 27 2018 Ljungby, Sweden Admirals
9 Canada Chase Harrison D R 22 2017 Winnipeg, Manitoba Admirals
16 United States Connor Hurley C L 23 2018 Edina, Minnesota Admirals
19 United States Kelly Klima RW R 21 2018 Tampa, Florida Roadrunners
31 United States Merrick Madsen G L 23 2018 Acton, California Coyotes
6 Canada Daniel Maggio D/RW R 27 2018 Windsor, Ontario Roadrunners
11 United States Matt McMorrow F L 24 2018 Pearl River, New York Admirals
52 Canada T.J. Melancon D R 22 2017 Oshawa, Ontario Rocket
18 Canada Luke Nogard C L 25 2018 Mississauga, Ontario Admirals
33 United States Ty Reichenbach G L 25 2017 Billings, Montana Admirals
17 Canada Jake Wood LW L 25 2018 Georgetown, Ontario Admirals


  1. ^ "Ducks Launch American Hockey League Franchise in San Diego". Anaheim Ducks. January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  2. ^ "Admirals announce sale to Anaheim, ECHL affiliation with Edmonton". Norfolk Admirals. January 30, 2015. Archived from the original on January 31, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  3. ^ Mike Griffith (January 22, 2014). "Condors sale to Oilers approved". The Bakersfield Californian. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014.
  4. ^ "Admirals Purchased by Mango Media Group". OurSports Central. September 29, 2016.
  5. ^ "Admirals and Predators Terminate Affiliation". Norfolk Admirals. November 28, 2017. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  6. ^ "Ftorek Returns to Norfolk Bench". Norfolk Admirals. June 12, 2018.
  7. ^ "Admirals Join Forces with Arizona, Announce Affiliation". June 25, 2018.

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