The Milwaukee Admirals are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They play in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Panther Arena. They have been affiliated with the NHL's Nashville Predators since that team's founding in 1998.
|2021–22 AHL season|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Founded||1970 (As an amateur team)|
|Home arena||UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena|
|Owner(s)||Group headed by|
|General manager||Scott Nichol|
|Head coach||Karl Taylor|
|Media||WVTV-DT2 “My 24”|
The Big 920 (primary)
97.3 The Game (occasional simulcast)
News/Talk 1130 WISN (alternate)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
|Affiliates||Nashville Predators (NHL)|
Florida Everblades (ECHL)
|1970 (amateur)||Milwaukee Wings|
|Regular season titles||2 AHL (2003–04, 2019–20)|
|Division Championships||1 USHL (1976–77)|
4 IHL (1982–83, 1992–93, 1994–95, 1995–96)
6 AHL (2003–04, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2015–16, 2019–20)
|Conference Championships||2 (2003–04),(2005–06)|
|Calder Cups||1 (2003–04)|
|Playoff championships||1 USHL title (1975–76)|
The Admirals first took to the ice in the winter of 1970 as an amateur club known as the Milwaukee Wings. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Citizens Benefit Association, they lost their first game on January 25 when the Madison All-Stars beat them 17–7. They got their first win five days later when they defeated the Milwaukee Winter Club 10–8. They finished the season with 8 wins and 7 loses.
The next year the team was sold by the original owner Reed Fansher to a group of investors. One of the investors, Erwin J. Merar, owned an appliance store. The team was renamed the "Admirals" after a brand of household appliances sold in Merar's store.
Beginning with the 1973–74 season the Admirals joined the United States Hockey League. Their first season in a league was not particularly successful as they ended the season in last place in their division. They won only 11 games, lost 35, and tied two games that season.
The Admirals won the USHL league championship in 1976, winning seven straight games in the league's playoffs. In the off-season, the team was purchased by former Chicago Blackhawks announcer Lloyd Pettit and his wife, Jane Bradley Pettit.
For the 1977–78 season the Admirals joined the International Hockey League as the USHL was becoming a strictly amateur league. The Admirals appeared in the IHL's Turner Cup finals only once (1983), where they lost to Toledo in six games.
They stayed a part of the IHL until it joined the American Hockey League for the 2001–02 season when the IHL ceased operations. Five other IHL franchises also joined the AHL that season. The team was allowed to keep their nickname despite the presence of the Norfolk Admirals in the AHL, as Milwaukee has had the nickname since 1970, well before the Norfolk team was established as the Hampton Roads Admirals in the ECHL. In the 2015–16 season, Norfolk moved to the AHL's Pacific Division as the fourth incarnation of the San Diego Gulls.
They won their first Calder Cup in 2004 when they defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Prior to the finals, Milwaukee needed seven games to defeat the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks in the first round. Then the Admirals defeated the Chicago Wolves in six games to advance to the conference finals. The Admirals then eliminated the Rochester Americans four games to one. Milwaukee went on to sweep the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to win the Calder Cup. The Admirals completed a rare postseason run in which they needed one fewer game to eliminate their opponents in each subsequent series.
The Admirals were purchased in June 2005 by a group of investors, led by Harris J. Turer, including Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio, assistant general manager Gord Ash, and pitcher Ben Sheets. The Brewers subsequently became the sole uniform sponsor of the Admirals, and the Admirals wear a Brewers logo patch on their sweaters.
In the 2006 Calder Cup playoffs after narrowly winning a seven-game playoff series over the Iowa Stars, Milwaukee swept both the Houston Aeros and Grand Rapids Griffins to advance to their second Calder Cup final series. To their disappointment, the Admirals would lose 4–2 to the Hershey Bears.
On August 1, 2006, the Admirals unveiled a new logo and a change in color scheme from the traditional red-and-blue to black, white, and light blue. They used this logo until 2015, when the Admirals unveiled another new logo, keeping the Lake Michigan blue from 2006, but replaced black with navy blue. Also, the skeleton motif was kept with the hat that adorns the skeleton's head as a callback to the Admirals logos used from 1976 to 1997. This logo received very positive reviews, resulting in it becoming SportsLogos.net's 2015 Best New Primary Logo of the Year.
On March 16, 2016, Milwaukee Admirals owner/CEO Harris Turer along with Wisconsin Center District (WCD) announced that the Admirals signed a 10-year contract, bringing the Admirals to the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Panther Arena for the 2016-17 AHL season. This 10-year contract also results in a $6.4 million investment to bring the arena up to AHL standards with the Admirals contributing two million and the rest being supplied by the Wisconsin Center District.
The team won its second regular season championship in the 2019–20 season, which was curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the ongoing restrictions during the pandemic, the Admirals were one of three teams that opted out of the 2020–21 AHL season.
The Admirals have been the top-level affiliate of the Nashville Predators since that team's founding in 1998. On February 22, 2010, the clubs signed a new agreement that extended that relationship through the 2011–12 season with a mutual option for 2012–13.
"I like to say that for our players, the road to Nashville runs through Milwaukee and a look at our roster illustrates this. (T)his is the kind of environment that we want our prospects to develop in."— Nashville General Manager David Poile
Coincidentally, the two cities' baseball franchises shared a reverse affiliation, as the Nashville Sounds were the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers from 2005 to 2014, with the affiliation planned to be renewed starting in 2021.
During the 2006–07 season, the Admirals were also part of an unusual affiliation agreement with the Edmonton Oilers, who used five partial affiliates in the AHL for the 2006–07 season. These five affiliates included the Milwaukee Admirals, the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Iowa Stars, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and the Hamilton Bulldogs. This arrangement lasted one season, as the Oilers announced a three-year affiliation with the Springfield Falcons on March 19, 2007.
- Milwaukee Wings 1970 (independent)
- Milwaukee Admirals 1970–1973 (independent)
- Milwaukee Admirals 1973–1977 (United States Hockey League)
- Milwaukee Admirals 1977–2001 (International Hockey League)
- Milwaukee Admirals 2001–present (American Hockey League)
Legend: — – round did not exist at the time
|1973–74||48||11||35||2||—||—||24||.250||192||318||5th, Southern||1974||—||Did not qualify|
|1974–75||48||18||30||0||—||—||36||.375||241||288||3rd, Southern||1975||—||Did not qualify|
|1975–76||48||23||25||0||—||—||46||.479||279||270||3rd, Southern||1976||—||W, 2–0, SC||W, 2–0, TC||W, 3–0, GB|
|1976–77||48||23||23||2||—||—||48||.500||231||241||1st, Southern||1977||—||W, 2–0–2, GB||L, 1–2–3, GR|
|1977–78||80||27||38||15||—||—||69||.431||257||299||3rd, South||1978||—||L, 1–4, TOL||—||—|
|1978–79||80||21||48||11||—||—||53||.331||260||391||4th, South||1979||—||L, 3–4, GRO||—||—|
|1979–80||80||29||41||10||—||—||68||.425||327||402||3rd, South||1980||—||L, 0–4, SAG||—||—|
|1980–81||82||32||35||15||—||—||79||.482||354||371||3rd, West||1981||—||L, 3–4, FWK||—||—|
|1981–82||82||41||34||7||—||—||91||.543||385||351||2nd, IHL||1982||—||L, 1–4, SAG||—||—|
|1982–83||82||43||30||9||—||—||98||.579||407||312||1st, West||1983||—||BYE||W, 4–1, KAL||L, 2–4, TOL|
|1983–84||82||46||27||6||3||—||101||.616||403||335||2nd, IHL||1984||—||BYE||L, 0–4, FLI||—|
|1984–85||82||25||47||5||5||—||60||.366||292||389||5th, West||1985||—||Did not qualify|
|1985–86||82||48||28||1||5||—||102||.622||368||306||2nd, West||1986||—||L, 1–4, PEO||—||—|
|1986–87||82||41||37||—||2||2||86||.524||342||358||3rd, West||1987||—||L, 2–4, SLC||—||—|
|1987–88||82||21||54||0||7||—||49||.299||288||430||4th, West||1988||—||Did not qualify|
|1988–89||82||54||23||0||5||—||113||.689||399||323||2nd, West||1989||—||W, 4–2, KAL||L, 1–4, SLC||—|
|1989–90||82||36||39||0||7||—||79||.482||316||370||3rd, West||1990||—||L, 2–4, SLC||—||—|
|1990–91||82||36||43||—||3||0||75||.457||275||316||4th, West||1991||—||L, 2–4, PEO||—||—|
|1991–92||82||38||36||—||5||3||84||.512||306||309||3rd, East||1992||—||L, 1–4, MUS||—||—|
|1992–93||82||49||23||—||3||7||108||.659||329||280||1st, Midwest||1993||—||L, 2–4, KC||—||—|
|1993–94||81||40||24||—||17||0||97||.599||338||302||2nd, Midwest||1994||—||L, 0–4, ATL||—||—|
|1994–95||81||44||27||0||10||—||98||.605||317||298||1st, Central||1995||—||W, 3–2, SD||L, 1–4, LV||—||—|
|1995–96||82||40||32||—||—||10||90||.549||290||307||1st, Midwest||1996||—||L, 1–3, PEO||—||—||—|
|1996–97||82||38||36||—||—||8||84||.512||253||298||4th, Midwest||1997||—||L, 0–3, LB||—||—||—|
|1997–98||82||43||34||—||—||5||91||.555||267||262||3rd, Midwest||1998||—||W, 3–1, HOU||L, 4–2, CHI||—||—|
|1998–99||82||38||28||—||—||16||92||.561||254||265||4th, Midwest||1999||—||L, 0–2, MTB||—||—||—|
|1999–00||82||37||36||—||—||9||83||.506||222||246||5th, Eastern||2000||—||L, 1–2, CLE||—||—||—|
|2000–01||82||42||33||—||—||7||91||.555||244||217||5th, Eastern||2001||—||Did not qualify|
|2001–02||80||30||35||10||5||—||75||.469||198||207||5th, West||2002||Did not qualify|
|2002–03||80||32||27||14||7||—||85||.531||247||251||4th, West||2003||W, 2–1, RCH||L, 0–3, HOU||—||—||—|
|2003–04||80||46||24||7||3||—||102||.638||269||191||1st, West||2004||BYE||W, 4–3, CIN||W, 4–2, CHI||W, 4–1, RCH||W, 4–0, WBS|
|2004–05||80||47||24||—||4||5||103||.644||247||207||2nd, West||2005||—||L, 3–4, CIN||—||—||—|
|2005–06||80||49||21||—||6||4||108||.675||268||234||1st, West||2006||—||W, 4–3, IWA||W, 4–0, HOU||W, 4–0, GRG||L, 2–4, HER|
|2006–07||80||41||25||—||4||10||96||.600||227||230||3rd, West||2007||—||L, 0–4, CHI||—||—||—|
|2007–08||80||44||29||—||4||3||95||.594||231||212||4th, West||2008||—||L, 2–4, CHI||—||—||—|
|2008–09||80||49||22||—||3||6||107||.669||229||195||1st, West||2009||—||W, 4–0, RCK||L, 3–4, HOU||—||—|
|2009–10||80||41||30||—||2||7||91||.569||237||220||4th, West||2010||—||L, 3–4, CHI||—||—||—|
|2010–11||80||44||22||—||6||8||102||.638||226||194||1st, West||2011||—||W, 4–2, TEX||L, 3–4, HOU||—||—|
|2011–12||76||40||29||—||2||5||87||.572||210||190||2nd, Midwest||2012||—||L, 0–3, ABB||—||—||—|
|2012–13||76||41||28||—||4||3||89||.586||197||200||2nd, Midwest||2013||—||L, 1–3, TEX||—||—||—|
|2013–14||76||39||24||—||6||7||91||.599||215||199||3rd, Midwest||2014||—||L, 0–3, TOR||—||—||—|
|2014–15||76||33||28||—||8||7||81||.533||206||218||5th, Midwest||2015||—||Did not qualify|
|2015–16||76||48||23||—||3||2||101||.664||224||193||1st, Central||2016||—||L, 0–3, GR||—||—||—|
|2016–17||76||43||26||—||4||3||95||.612||225||215||3rd, Central||2017||—||L, 0–3, GR||—||—||—|
|2017–18||76||38||32||—||4||2||82||.539||216||235||6th, Central||2018||—||Did not qualify|
|2018–19||76||36||24||—||14||2||88||.579||217||207||2nd, Central||2019||—||L, 2–3, IA||—||—||—|
|2019–20||61||41||14||—||5||3||90||.714||211||141||1st, Central||2020||—||Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic|
|2020–21||Did not participate due to the COVID-19 pandemic||2021||Did not participate|
|–||Dylan Blujus||D||R||27||2021||Buffalo, New York||Admirals|
|–||Bobo Carpenter||C||R||25||2021||North Reading, Massachusetts||Admirals|
|–||Parker Gahagen||G||L||28||2021||Amherst, New York||Admirals|
|49||Josh Healey||D||L||27||2021||Edmonton, Alberta||Admirals|
|–||Joseph LaBate||C||L||28||2021||Eagan, Minnesota||Admirals|
|–||Mitch McLain||C||L||27||2021||Baxter, Minnesota||Admirals|
|–||Jake McLaughlin||D||L||25||2021||Hinsdale, Illinois||Admirals|
|25||Cole Schneider||LW||L||31||2021||Williamsville, New York||Admirals|
|–||Zach Solow||RW||R||22||2021||Naples, Florida||Admirals|
- Neil Meadmore, 1987–88
- Peter Bakovic, 1988–1991
- Gino Cavallini, 1994–1996
- Tony Hrkac, 1996–97
- Jeff Nelson, 1997–1999
- Marc Moro, 1999–2001
- Andy Berenzweig, 2002–03
- Ray Schultz, 2003–04
- Tony Hrkac, 2004–05
- Greg Zanon, 2005–06
- Sheldon Brookbank, 2006–07
- Alex Henry, 2007–08
- Nolan Yonkman, 2008–2010
- Brett Palin, 2010–11
- Scott Ford, 2011–12, 2013–14
- Mike Moore, 2012–13
- Joe Piskula, 2014–15
- Colton Sissons, 2015–16
- Trevor Smith, 2016–2018
- Jarred Tinordi, 2018–2020
|9||Phil Wittliff||C||1973–1977||April 3, 1977|
|14||Fred Berry||C||1980–1984, 1985–1987||December 27, 2003|
|14||Mike McNeill||C||1992–1998||December 27, 2003 |
|20||Darren Haydar||RW||2002–2006||February 21, 2020|
|26||Tony Hrkac||C||1994–1997, 2003–2005||March 14, 2008|
|27||Danny Lecours||LW||1975–1984, 1985–1986||January 4, 1987|
|44||Kevin Willison||D||1981–1984, 1985–1986||February 28, 2004|
|44||Gino Cavallini||C||1993–1996||February 28, 2004|
- Gary Agnew
- Shawn Antoski
- Sheldon Brookbank
- Wade Brookbank
- Marc Crawford
- Jeff Daniels
- Scott Darling
- Peter DeBoer
- Martin Erat
- Kelly Fairchild
- Filip Forsberg
- Blake Geoffrion
- Don Gibson
- Adam Hall
- Dan Hamhuis
- Patric Hornqvist
- Roman Josi
- Claude Julien
- David Legwand
- Bob Mason
- Chris Mason
- Cal O'Reilly
- Gino Odjick
- Darren Pang
- Pete Peeters
- Rich Peverley
- Yves Preston
- Alexander Radulov
- Pekka Rinne
- Ken Sabourin
- Mike Santorelli
- Buzz Schneider
- Ronnie Stern
- Ryan Suter
- Jordin Tootoo
- Kimmo Timonen
- Steve Tuttle
- Scottie Upshall
- Tomas Vokoun
- Shea Weber
- Colin Wilson
- Dale Yakiwchuk
- Single season
- Goals: Danny Lecours, 75, (1982–83)
- Assists: Dale Yakiwchuk, 100, (1982–83)
- Points: Dale Yakiwchuk, 138, (1982–83)
- Penalty minutes: Don Gibson, 381, (1992–93)
- GAA: Connor Ingram, 1.92, (2019–20)
- SV%: Connor Ingram, .933, (2019–20)
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