Milwaukee Admirals

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
2019–20 AHL season
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
1970presentMilwaukee 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)

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.

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.[2]

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.

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 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.

They stayed a part of the IHL until it joined the American Hockey League for the 200102[3] 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.

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.[4]

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.

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.[5]

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.[6]

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".[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

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
1977–788027381569.4312572993rd, South1978L, 1–4, TOL
1978–798021481153.3312603914th, South1979L, 3–4, GRO
1979–808029411068.4253274023rd, South1980L, 0–4, SAG
1980–818232351579.4823543713rd, West1981L, 3–4, FWK
1981–82824134791.5433853512nd, IHL1982L, 1–4, SAG
1982–83824330998.5794073121st, West1983BYEW, 4–1, KALL, 2–4, TOL
1983–848246306101.6164033352nd, IHL1984BYEL, 0–4, FLI
1984–85822552560.3662923899th, IHL1985Did not qualify
1985–8682482815102.6223683062nd, West1986L, 1–4, PEO
1986–878241374086.5243423583rd, West1987L, 2–4, SLC
1987–88822154749.2992884304th, West1988Did not qualify
1988–898254235113.6893993232nd, West1989W, 4–2, KALL, 1–4, SLC
1989–90823639779.4823163703rd, West1990L, 2–4, SLC
1990–91823643375.4572753164th, West1991L, 2–4, PEO
1991–92823836884.5123063093rd, East1992L, 1–4, MUS
1992–9382492310108.6593292801st, Midwest1993L, 2–4, KC
1993–948140241797.5993383022nd, Midwest1994L, 0–4, ATL
1994–958144271098.6053172981st, Central1995W, 3–2, SDL, 1–4, LV
1995–968240321090.5492903071st, Midwest1996L, 1–3, PEO
1996–97823836884.5122532984th, Midwest1997L, 0–3, LB
1997–98824334591.5552672623rd, Northwest1998W, 3–1, HOUL, 4–2, CHI
1998–998238281692.5612542654th, Midwest1999L, 0–2, MTB
1999–00823736983.5062222465th, Eastern2000L, 1–2, CLE
2000–01824233791.5552442175th, Eastern2001Did not qualify
2001–0280303510575.4691982075th, West2002Did not qualify
2002–0380322714785.5312472514th, West2003W, 2–1, RCHL, 0–3, HOU
2003–0480462473102.6382691911st, West2004BYEW, 4–3, CINW, 4–2, CHIW, 4–1, RCHW, 4–0, WBS
2004–0580472454103.6442472072nd, West2005L, 3–4, CIN
2005–0680492164108.6752682341st, West2006W, 4–3, IWAW, 4–0, HOUW, 4–0, GRGL, 2–4, HER
2006–0780412541096.6002272303rd, West2007L, 0–4, CHI
2007–088044294395.5942312124th, West2008L, 2–4, CHI
2008–0980492236107.6692291951st, West2009W, 4–0, RCKL, 3–4, HOU
2009–108041302791.5692372204th, West2010L, 3–4, CHI
2010–1180442268102.6382261941st, West2011W, 4–2, TEXL, 3–4, HOU
2011–127640292587.5722101902nd, Midwest2012L, 0–3, ABB
2012–137641284389.5861972002nd, Midwest2013L, 1–3, TEX
2013–147639246791.5992151993rd, Midwest2014L, 0–3, TOR
2014–157633288781.5332062185th, Midwest2015Did not qualify
2015–1676482332101.6642241931st, Central2016L, 0–3, GR
2016–177643264395.6122252153rd, Central2017L, 0–3, GR
2017–187638324282.5392162356th, Central2018Did not qualify
2018–1976362414288.5792172072nd, Central2019L, 2–3, IA

Players

Current roster

Updated December 13, 2019.[11][12]

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

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  2. http://news.sportslogos.net/2019/11/22/milwaukee-admirals-celebrate-refrigerators-with-50th-season-logo/
  3. "Milwaukee Admirals hockey team [AHL] statistics and history at hockeydb.com". www.hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  4. "Calder Cup Champions - Players | AHL". theahl.com. Archived from the original on 2010-02-27. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  5. "Milwaukee Admirals". www.milwaukeeadmirals.com. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  6. "2006 AHL PLAYOFFS". Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  7. "Milwaukee Admirals". www.milwaukeeadmirals.com. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  8. "Admirals to move to UWM Panther Arena | AHL". theahl.com. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  9. "Admirals improvements beginning at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena". Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  10. "Milwaukee, Nashville Extend Affiliation Agreement". Retrieved 2011-03-05.
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