Norfolk Admirals (ECHL)

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Norfolk Admirals
2019–20 ECHL season
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CityNorfolk, Virginia
LeagueECHL
ConferenceEastern
DivisionSouth
Founded1995 (in the WCHL)
Home arenaNorfolk Scope
Colors              
Owner(s)Patrick Cavanagh
Head coachRod Taylor
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.

History[edit]

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 new 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] Following an average attendance of 2,602 in 2017–18, the lowest recorded attendance in any iteration of the Admirals' history, the Admirals saw increased attendance in its fourth ECHL season to an average of 3,590 in 2018–19.[8][9][10]

After the 2018–19 season, former Hampton Roads Admirals' player Patrick Cavanagh led a group that purchased the Admirals from Mango Media Group.[11] Cavanagh then named another Hampton Roads' player Rod Taylor as the head coach, while releasing Ftorek from his contract.[12]

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
2018–19 72 27 36 6 3 63 218 278 1003 6th of 7, South Div. 2019 Did not qualify

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of April 11, 2019.[13]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
8 Canada Domenic Alberga RW L 26 2016 Maple, Ontario Admirals
35 United States Jeremy Brodeur G L 22 2018 Essex Fells, New Jersey Admirals
22 Canada Patrick D'Amico C L 24 2017 Winnipeg, Manitoba Admirals
9 United States Shane Eiserman C L 23 2019 Newburyport, Massachusetts Admirals
13 Sweden John Gustafsson LW L 27 2018 Ljungby, Sweden Admirals
7 United States Mitch Hall D L 26 2019 St. Cloud, Minnesota Admirals
3 Canada Ludlow Harris D L 27 2018 Richmond Hill, Ontario Admirals
10 United States Christian Horn RW R 26 2019 Plymouth, Minnesota Admirals
16 United States Connor Hurley C L 23 2018 Edina, Minnesota Admirals
2 United States Alex Jaeckle D R 24 2019 St. Clair Shores, Michigan Admirals
11 United States Matt McMorrow F L 24 2018 Pearl River, New York Admirals
18 Canada Luke Nogard C L 25 2018 Mississauga, Ontario Admirals
20 United States Conor O'Neil LW L 25 2019 Hummelstown, Pennsylvania Admirals
42 United States Don Olivieri D R 28 2019 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Admirals
33 United States Ty Reichenbach G L 26 2017 Billings, Montana Admirals
15 United States Alex Rodriguez RW L 23 2019 Miami, Florida Admirals
26 Canada Brandon Rumble D R 26 2019 Ottawa, Ontario Admirals
23 United States Brant Sherwood C R 28 2019 San Anselmo, California Admirals
6 United States Cody Smith D L 26 2018 Hudson, Massachusetts Admirals
17 Canada Jake Wood LW L 25 2018 Georgetown, Ontario Admirals

References[edit]

  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". OurSportsCentral.com. June 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "Norfolk Admirals (ECHL) Yearly Attendance Graph". HockeyDB. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "Hampton Roads Admirals Yearly Attendance Graph". HockeyDB. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  10. ^ "Norfolk Admirals (AHL) Yearly Attendance Graph". HockeyDB. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  11. ^ "Norfolk Admirals announce new owner: former player Patrick Cavanagh". The Virginian-Pilot. June 20, 2019.
  12. ^ "Admirals tab former players as coach, owner in bid to improve fan experience and play". PilotOnline.com. June 25, 2019.
  13. ^ "Norfolk Admirals Elite Prospects". EliteProspects. Retrieved April 11, 2019.

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