Norfolk Admirals (ECHL)

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.

Norfolk Admirals
2019–20 ECHL season
CityNorfolk, Virginia
Founded1995 (in the WCHL)
Home arenaNorfolk Scope
Owner(s)Patrick Cavanagh
Head coachRod Taylor
MediaThe Virginian-Pilot; WGNT CW Norfolk
Franchise history
1995–1998Bakersfield Fog
1998–2015Bakersfield Condors
2015–presentNorfolk Admirals

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.


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] The Admirals entered the 2019–20 season as the only ECHL team without an official NHL affiliate.

Season-by-season records

Regular season Playoffs
SeasonGPWLOTLSOLPtsGFGAPIMStandingYear1st round2nd round3rd roundKelly Cup
2015–16723037416520123211935th of 5, East Div.2016Did not qualify
2016–1772264060582142718687th of 7, South Div.2017Did not qualify
2017–1872263961592112698036th of 7, South Div.2018Did not qualify
2018–19722736636321827810036th of 7, South Div.2019Did not qualify


Current roster

As of November 18, 2019.[13]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
14 Roman Ammirato F L 26 2019 Williamstown, New Jersey Admirals
9 J.C. Campagna LW L 26 2019 Dallas, Texas Admirals
4 Johnny Coughlin D L 24 2019 Fairport, New York Admirals
31 Roman Durny G R 21 2019 Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia Gulls
44 Dalton Gally D L 21 2019 Eagle River, Alaska Admirals
13 John Gustafsson LW L 27 2018 Ljungby, Sweden Admirals
33 Brandon Halverson G L 23 2019 Traverse City, Michigan Admirals
21 Ben Holmstrom C R 32 2019 Colorado Springs, Colorado Admirals
12 Josh Holmstrom RW R 30 2019 Colorado Springs, Colorado Admirals
10 Christian Horn RW R 26 2019 Plymouth, Minnesota Admirals
19 Philippe Hudon RW R 26 2019 Hudson, Quebec Admirals
2 Alex Jaeckle D R 25 2019 St. Clair Shores, Michigan Admirals
32 Austin McEneny D R 22 2019 Waterdown, Ontario Admirals
22 Charlie O'Connor RW R 26 2019 Elk Grove Village, Illinois Admirals
15 Alex Rodriguez RW L 23 2019 Miami, Florida Admirals
29 Brandon Rumble D R 26 2019 Ottawa, Ontario Admirals
18 River Rymsha D L 23 2019 Huntington Woods, Michigan Admirals
1 Alex Sakellaropoulos G L 25 2019 Tinley Park, Illinois Admirals
16 Ryan Salkeld F R 28 2019 Portsmouth, Virginia Admirals
7 Brayden Sherbinin D L 26 2019 Kelowna, British Columbia Admirals
6 Samuel Thibault D L 23 2019 Sainte-Martine, Quebec Admirals
23 Sebastian Vidmar LW L 25 2019 Malmö, Sweden Admirals


  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". 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". June 25, 2019.
  13. "Norfolk Admirals Elite Prospects". EliteProspects. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
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