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Norfolk Admirals
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City: Norfolk, Virginia
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Eastern Conference
Division: East Division
Founded: 2000
Home Arena: Norfolk Scope
Colors: Blue, red, gold, white


Owner(s): Ken Young and Tides Baseball, LP
General Manager: Mike Butters
Head Coach: Jim Johnson
Media: The Virginian-Pilot
Affiliates: Tampa Bay Lightning
Franchise history
2000–present: Norfolk Admirals
Division Championships: 2 (2001–02, 2002–03)

The Norfolk Admirals are a minor professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League, and affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Admirals play in Norfolk, Virginia, at the Norfolk Scope.


The Admirals were admitted to the American Hockey League as an expansion franchise for the 2000–01 season. 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 AHL's Pennsylvania-based teams: the Hershey Bears and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Although they're not regulars on each other's schedules, the Worcester Sharks can be considered rivals since majority of the meetings have been intense, fight-filled games. The Admirals have two mascots. A dog named Salty and dog/rabbit hybrid named Hat Trick.

On March 19, 2007, the Chicago Blackhawks announced that their affiliation with the Admirals would end after the 2006–2007 season. On March 29, 2007, the Tampa Bay Lightning officially announced the Admirals as their new affiliate.

The market was previously home to:

Season-by-season results

Regular season

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals
2000–01 80 36 26 13 5 90 241 208 3rd, South
2001–02 80 38 26 12 4 92 222 205 1st, South
2002–03 80 37 26 12 5 91 201 187 1st, South
2003–04 80 35 36 4 5 79 172 187 5th, East
2004–05 80 43 30 6 1 93 200 188 3rd, East
2005–06 80 43 29 4 4 94 259 246 3rd, East
2006–07 80 50 22 6 2 108 301 257 3rd, East
2007–08 80 29 44 2 5 65 213 267 7th, East
2008–09 80 33 38 4 5 75 236 269 6th, East
2009–10 80 39 35 3 3 84 208 214 4th, East


Season Prelim 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
2000–01 W, 3–1, Cincinnati L, 1–4, Hershey
2001–02 L, 1–3, Hershey
2002–03 W, 3–0, San Antonio L, 2–4, Houston
2003–04 W, 2–0, Binghamton L, 2–4, Philadelphia
2004–05 L, 2–4, Philadelphia
2005–06 L, 0–4, Hershey
2006–07 L, 2–4, Wilkes-Barre
2007–08 Out of playoffs.
2008–09 Out of playoffs.
2009–10 Out of playoffs.

Notable players

NHL alumni of the Norfolk Admirals include: Craig Anderson, Tyler Arnason, Michal Barinka, Cam Barker, Mark Bell, Brandon Bochenski, Rene Bourque, Wade Brookbank, Troy Brouwer, Adam Burish, Dustin Byfuglien, Kyle Calder, Ryan Craig, Corey Crawford, Aaron Downey, Steve Downie, Vern Fiddler, Colin Fraser, Adam Hall, Duncan Keith, David Koci, Zenon Konopka, Michael Leighton, Reed Low, Mike Lundin, Craig MacDonald, Travis Moen, Mark Parrish, Nathan Perrott, Brent Seabrook, Matt Smaby, Martin St. Pierre, Paul Szczechura, Shawn Thornton, Kris Versteeg, Ty Wishart and James Wisniewski.

2010 Stanley Cup Finals

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.[1]

Current roster

As of July 7, 2010.

# Player Catches Place of birth
30 Flag of Slovakia Jaroslav Janus L Prešov, Slovakia
34 Flag of Canada Dustin Tokarski L Watson, Saskatchewan
# Player Shoots Place of birth
3 Flag of Canada Nick St. Pierre L Saint-Étienne, Quebec
4 Flag of the United States Kevin Quick L Buffalo, New York
6 Flag of Canada Ty Wishart L Comox, British Columbia
16 Flag of the United States Zach Tarkir R Fresno, California
21 Flag of the United States Matt Lashoff L East Greenbush, New York
22 Flag of Canada Scott Jackson L Salmon Arm, British Columbia
44 Flag of Slovakia Vladimir Mihalik L Prešov, Slovakia
# Player Pos. Shoots Place of birth
9 Flag of Canada Blair Jones C R Craik, Saskatchewan
11 Flag of the United States Mark Parrish RW R Bloomington, Minnesota
12 Flag of Canada Paul Szczechura C R Brantford, Ontario
13 Flag of Canada Mitch Fadden C L Victoria, British Columbia
14 Flag of Slovakia Juraj Simek LW L Prešov, Slovakia
17 Flag of Canada Matt Fornataro C R Calgary, Alberta
18 Flag of Canada Chris Lawrence RW R Toronto, Ontario
19 Flag of Canada Justin Keller LW L Nelson, British Columbia
20 Flag of Canada Dana Tyrell C L Airdrie, Alberta
24 Flag of the United States Tim Marks F L Brownville, New York
25 Flag of the United States Adam Hall RW R Kalamazoo, Michigan
29 Flag of Canada Mitch Fritz LW L Osoyoos, British Columbia

Team records

Single season

Goals: 41 Flag of Canada Troy Brouwer (2006–07)
Assists: 72 Flag of Canada Martin St. Pierre (2006–07)
Points: 99 Flag of Canada Martin St. Pierre (2006–07)
Penalty minutes: 286 Flag of Canada Mike Brown (2004–05)
Wins: 38 Flag of Canada Corey Crawford (2006–07)
GAA: 1.94 Flag of the United States Craig Anderson (2002–03)
SV%: .923 Flag of the United States Craig Anderson (2002–03)


Career goals: 76 Flag of the United States Casey Hankinson, Brandon Bochenski
Career assists: 141 Flag of Canada Marty Wilford
Career points: 175 Flag of Canada Ajay Baines
Career penalty minutes: 1208 Flag of Canada Shawn Thornton
Career goaltending wins: 75 Flag of Canada Michael Leighton
Career shutouts: 18 Flag of Canada Michael Leighton
Career games: 409 Flag of Canada Ajay Baines


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