Admirals Announce Opening Night Roster

Opening night is less than 24 hours away. The Admirals released the opening night roster, signed 2 players to AHL contracts, and shipped off another player off to Utah of the ECHL. Norfolk starts of the 2013-2014 campaign on the road in Hartford and Bridgeport and will make their first appearance in Scope next Friday with a weekend series against the Binghamton Senators.

Here is the press release from the Norfolk Admirals:

Admirals Announce Opening Night Roster & Several Roster Moves

NORFOLK, VA. – The Norfolk Admirals announced Friday the team’s opening night roster. In addition, the team also announced several transactions. The Admirals have agreed to terms with defensemen Norm Ezekiel and Mike Little to AHL contracts, while defenseman Teigan Zahn has been assigned to the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL.

The Admirals opening night roster (attached) is comprised of 13 forwards, ten defensemen, and two goaltenders. The following is a listing of those 25 players:

Forwards (13): Max Sauve, Stefan Noesen, John Kurtz, Rickard Rakell, Max Friberg, Brad Staubitz, Charlie Sarault, Steven Whitney, Chris Wagner, Devante Smith-Pelly, Zack Stortini, Joseph Cramarossa, Antoine Laganiere

Defensemen (10): Mat Clark, Nolan Yonkman, Kevin Gagne, Garnet Exelby, Stefan Warg, Ryan Parent, Alex Grant, Brett Skinner, Norm Ezekiel, Mike Little

Goaltenders (2): Frederik Andersen, John Gibson

Last year, Ezekiel, split time during his first professional season between Colorado (ECHL) and St. John’s (AHL) accruing one goal and 135 penalty minutes in 36 appearances.

Little put together two very productive seasons with the Stockton Thunder (ECHL) the past two years totaling 75 points (18g, 57a). Last season, Little helped lead the Thunder to the Western Conference Championship and a Kelly Cup Finals appearance.

Zahn was a teammate of Little’s last season in Stockton, where he posted 13 points in 34 games appearances. In addition, Zahn played in five games of the Oklahoma City Barons logging an assist. Zahn will now join the Utah Grizzlies, which is the Admirals ECHL affiliate. 

The 25th season of Admirals hockey opens on Saturday at Hartford with a 7:05 p.m. start time. Fans can listen live at AM 1490 The Game, or online at or access the “Listen Live” link on the AM 1490 website at

Opening Night Promotions & Festivities!
The Admirals home opener will take place on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. against the Binghamton Senators. Come early and join us for Party on the Plaza beginning at 5:00 p.m. featuring live music by Brent Shepard, bounce houses & games for the kids, as well as food and beverages! The first 5,000 fans to walk through the gates will receive an Admirals Magnet Schedule! Following the game, Sara Lee will be giving away 3,000 loaves of bread to fans as the exit the arena!

The two teams will meet again on Saturday, October 12 at 7:15 p.m. Come early and check out the ODU Hockey Team battle American University at Scope. One game ticket will get you in to both games!

Game tickets are now on sale, and are available through the Norfolk Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at

Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, or call (757) 640-1212 Office hours are Monday – Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fans can also visit us online at


I'm not the average hockey nut. It took a bit to grow, but when it did it was like a drug flowing in my veins. I am a season ticket holder of the Norfolk Admirals, longtime supporter of the Washington Capitals, and part time supporter of the Anaheim Ducks (It's hard, but it can be done). My blog is a result of the lack of good sources of Admirals information and happenings. Our paper provides very weak coverage and there is only so much the Admirals themselves can do. There are not to many blogs that cover the Admirals, and when they do it is just rehashed information from the club, the AHL. Nine times out of ten the blogger doesn't even live in the area or go to the games. So what do I want to do? Hmm...good question. I would use this as an outlet for getting out information about the Admirals. Not necessarily the information provided by official channels, but news and information from a fans point of view. Hopefully this is something I can accomplish. I am open to criticism, comments, contributions of infomation for the site. Thank You and Welcome......

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