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Milwaukee Admirals

Milwaukee Admirals
2019–20 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)

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]

History

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 affiliation

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 results

Legend:  —  – round did not exist at the time

Regular season Playoffs
Season Games Won Lost OTL SOL Points PCT Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing Year Qualifying 1st round
Opening Round
2nd round
Quarterfinals
3rd round
Semifinals
Finals
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 30 6 101 .616 403 335 2nd, IHL 1984 BYE L, 0–4, FLI
1984–85 82 25 52 5 60 .366 292 389 9th, IHL 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 4 0 86 .524 342 358 3rd, West 1987 L, 2–4, SLC
1987–88 82 21 54 7 49 .299 288 430 4th, West 1988 Did not qualify
1988–89 82 54 23 5 113 .689 399 323 2nd, West 1989 W, 4–2, KAL L, 1–4, SLC
1989–90 82 36 39 7 79 .482 316 370 3rd, West 1990 L, 2–4, SLC
1990–91 82 36 43 3 75 .457 275 316 4th, West 1991 L, 2–4, PEO
1991–92 82 38 36 8 84 .512 306 309 3rd, East 1992 L, 1–4, MUS
1992–93 82 49 23 10 108 .659 329 280 1st, Midwest 1993 L, 2–4, KC
1993–94 81 40 24 17 97 .599 338 302 2nd, Midwest 1994 L, 0–4, ATL
1994–95 81 44 27 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, Northwest 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 5 4 103 .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

Players

Current roster

Updated October 5, 2019.[10][11]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
58 Canada Frederic Allard D R 21 2017 Saint-Sauveur, Quebec Predators
95 Canada Arvin Atwal D R 23 2019 Surrey, British Columbia Admirals
43 United States Colin Blackwell (A) C R 26 2018 Lawrence, Massachusetts Predators
55 Canada Alexandre Carrier D R 23 2016 Quebec City, Quebec Predators
10 United States Lukas Craggs LW L 23 2019 Elmhurst, Illinois Predators
91 Canada Laurent Dauphin C L 24 2019 Repentigny, Quebec Predators
76 Canada Jeremy Davies D L 22 2019 Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec Predators
46 United States Matt Donovan (A) D L 29 2018 Edmond, Oklahoma Predators
40 United States Brandon Fortunato D L 23 2019 Albertson, New York Predators
89 Canada Frederick Gaudreau RW R 26 2014 Bromont, Quebec Predators
1 United States Troy Grosenick G L 30 2018 Brookfield, Wisconsin Predators
49 Canada Josh Healey D L 25 2019 Edmonton, Alberta Admirals
39 Canada Connor Ingram G L 22 2019 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Predators
17 United States Tommy Novak C L 22 2019 River Falls, Wisconsin Admirals
24 Canada Mathieu Olivier RW R 22 2018 Levis, Quebec Predators
22 United States Joe Pendenza C L 28 2018 Wilmington, Massachusetts Admirals
16 United States Rem Pitlick C L 22 2019 Plymouth, Minnesota Predators
90 Canada Anthony Richard C L 22 2016 Trois-Rivières, Quebec Predators
21 Finland Miikka Salomaki RW L 26 2013 Raahe, Finland Predators
3 United States Steven Santini D R 24 2019 Mahopac, New York Predators
25 United States Cole Schneider LW L 29 2019 Williamsville, New York Admirals
28 United States Jarred Tinordi (C) D L 27 2018 Burnsville, Minnesota Predators
11 Finland Eeli Tolvanen RW L 20 2018 Vihti, Finland Predators
13 Russia Yakov Trenin C L 22 2017 Chelyabinsk, Russia Predators
53 United States Josh Wilkins C L 22 2019 Raleigh, North Carolina Predators

Team captains

Retired numbers

Notable alumni

Team records

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

References

  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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