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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.[1]

Milwaukee Admirals
2018–19 AHL season
Milwaukee Admirals logo.svg
CityMilwaukee, Wisconsin
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceWestern
DivisionCentral
Founded1970 (As an amateur team)
Home arenaUW–Milwaukee Panther Arena
ColorsNavy blue, lake blue, gray, white
                   
Owner(s)Group headed by
Harris Turer
General managerScott Nichol
Head coachKarl Taylor
CaptainJarred Tinordi
MediaWVTV-DT2 "My 24"
105.7 The Fan
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
AHL.TV (Internet)
AffiliatesNashville Predators (NHL)
Florida Everblades (ECHL)
Franchise history
1970 (amateur)Milwaukee Wings
1970–presentMilwaukee Admirals
Championships
Regular season titles1 AHL (2003–04)
Division Championships4 IHL (1982–83, 1992–93, 1994–95, 1995–96)
5 AHL (2003–04, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2015–16)
Conference Championships2 (2003–04),(2005–06)
Calder Cups1 (2003–04)
Playoff championships1 USHL title (1975–76)

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HistoryEdit

The Admirals first took to the ice in the winter of 1970 as an amateur club known as the Milwaukee Wings. 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Beginning with the 197374 season the Admirals joined the newly formed 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

For the 197778 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.[citation needed]

They stayed a part of the IHL until it joined the American Hockey League for the 200102[2] 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 1977, 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 newest incarnation of the San Diego Gulls.

 
2003-04 Admirals with the Calder Cup

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 games to eliminate their opponents in each subsequent series.[3]

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.[citation needed]

The Admirals won their second division title as a member of the American Hockey League in 2006, clinching the title on the last day of their schedule with a win over the Grand Rapids Griffins.[4]

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.[5]

On August 1, 2006, the Admirals unveiled their newest logo to the public at the Henry Maier Festival Park (also known as the Summerfest grounds). The logo came with a color change for the team, away from red and blue hues to one of black, white and light blue. They also unveiled their new slogan, "Never Say Die".[6]

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.[7] This 10-year contract also results in a $6.4 million dollar 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.[8]

NHL affiliationEdit

The Admirals have been the top-level affiliate of the Nashville Predators since that team's founding in 1998. On 22 February 2010, the clubs signed a new agreement that extended that relationship through the 2011–12 season with a mutual option for 2012–13.[9]

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.

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.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Legend:  —  – round did not exist at the time

Current rosterEdit

Updated May 15, 2019.[10][11]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
58   Frederic Allard D R 21 2017 Saint-Sauveur, Quebec Predators
43   Colin Blackwell C R 26 2018 Lawrence, Massachusetts Predators
55   Alexandre Carrier D R 22 2016 Quebec City, Quebec Predators
12   Emerson Clark LW L 26 2019 Le Gardeur, Quebec Admirals
16   Laurent Dauphin C L 24 2019 Repentigny, Quebec Predators
52   Phillip Di Giuseppe C L 25 2019 Maple, Ontario Predators
46   Matt Donovan (A) D L 29 2018 Edmond, Oklahoma Predators
10   Tyler Gaudet C L 26 2018 Hamilton, Ontario Predators
1   Troy Grosenick G L 29 2018 Brookfield, Wisconsin Predators
23   Adam Helewka LW L 23 2019 Burnaby, British Columbia Predators
18   Tanner Jeannot LW L 21 2018 Oxbow, Saskatchewan Predators
19   Justin Kirkland C L 22 2016 Camrose, Alberta Predators
21   Matt Lane C L 25 2018 Rochester, New York Admirals
82   Zach Magwood RW R 21 2018 Cambridge, Ontario Predators
33   Tom McCollum G L 29 2018 Amherst, New York Predators
37   Tommy Novak C L 22 2019 River Falls, Wisconsin Admirals
24   Mathieu Olivier RW R 22 2018 Levis, Quebec Predators
3   Zach Osburn D R 22 2019 Plymouth, Michigan Admirals
17   Alex Overhardt C L 22 2018 Cherry Hills, Colorado Admirals
5   Vince Pedrie D L 25 2019 Rochester, Minnesota Admirals
2   Joe Pendenza C L 28 2018 Wilmington, Massachusetts Admirals
4   Adam Plant D R 24 2019 Penticton, British Columbia Admirals
78   Filip Pyrochta D L 22 2018 Trebic, Czech Republic Predators
90   Anthony Richard C L 22 2016 Trois-Rivières, Quebec Predators
8   Garret Ross LW L 26 2018 Dearborn Heights, Michigan Admirals
6   Hugo Roy C R 21 2019 Fleurimont, Quebec Admirals
7   Scott Savage D L 24 2018 San Clemente, California Admirals
25   Cole Schneider LW L 28 2019 Williamsville, New York Predators
15   Duncan Siemens D L 25 2018 Sherwood Park, Alberta Admirals
57   Adam Smith D L 22 2019 Sharon, Ontario Admirals
28   Jarred Tinordi (C) D L 27 2018 Burnsville, Minnesota Predators
11   Eeli Tolvanen RW L 20 2018 Vihti, Finland Predators
13   Yakov Trenin C L 22 2017 Chelyabinsk, Russia Predators
34   Niclas Westerholm G L 21 2019 Helsinki, Finland Predators

Retired numbersEdit

Team captainsEdit

Notable alumniEdit

Team recordsEdit

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: Mark Dekanich, 2.02, (2010–11)
SV%: Mark Dekanich, .931, (2010–11)
Career
Career goals: Danny Lecours, 444
Career assists: Fred Berry, 379
Career points: Danny Lecours, 813
Career penalty minutes: Ken Sabourin, 1233
Career goaltending wins: Rich Sirois, 119
Career shutouts: Brian Finley, 11
Career games: Danny Lecours, 641

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nashville Predators renew affiliation with the Cincinnati Cyclones". predators.nhl.com. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  2. ^ "Milwaukee Admirals hockey team [AHL] statistics and history at hockeydb.com". www.hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  3. ^ "Calder Cup Champions - Players | AHL". theahl.com. Archived from the original on 2010-02-27. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  4. ^ "Milwaukee Admirals". www.milwaukeeadmirals.com. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  5. ^ "2006 AHL PLAYOFFS". Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  6. ^ "Milwaukee Admirals". www.milwaukeeadmirals.com. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  7. ^ "Admirals to move to UWM Panther Arena | AHL". theahl.com. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  8. ^ "Admirals improvements beginning at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena". Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  9. ^ "Milwaukee, Nashville Extend Affiliation Agreement". Retrieved 2011-03-05.
  10. ^ "MilwaukeeAdmirals.com – Team Roster". Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  11. ^ "TheAHL.com -Milwaukee Admirals Roster". Retrieved 2018-10-23.

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