Official Roster Posted

With the AHL season set to kick off this weekend it’s time to release the roster for the 2013/14 Norfolk Admirals. There are a few names from last season, some veteran additions, and of course some new prospect faces. Hockey is finally back in Norfolk.

You can always find the current roster on the Norfolk Admirals website at during the season.

Norfolk Admirals 2013-14 Rosters

# Player Position Shoots Height Weight DOB Birth place
2 Mat Clark D R 6-3 225 Oct 17, 1990 Lakewood, CO
3 Nolan Yonkman D R 6-6 247 Apr 1, 1981 Punnichy, SK
5 Kevin Gagne D L 5-8 176 Apr 14, 1992 Edmundston, NB
6 Garnet Exelby D L 6-2 215 Aug 16, 1981 Craik, SK
7 Maxime Sauve C L 6-1 190 Jan 30, 1990 Tours, France
8 Stefan Warg D R 6-3 220 Feb 6, 1990 Stockholm, Sweden
10 Ryan Parent D L 6-2 205 Mar 17, 1987 Prince Albert, SK
11 Stefan Noesen RW R 6-2 205 Feb 12, 1993 Plano, TX
12 John Kurtz LW L 6-2 206 May 16, 1989 Oakville, ON
13 Rickard Rakell C R 6-1 192 May 5, 1993 Sundbyberg, Sweden
14 Max Friberg LW R 5-11 195 Nov 20, 1992 Skovde, Sweden
16 Brad Staubitz RW R 6-1 207 Jul 28, 1984 Edmonton, AB
17 Charles Sarault C L 5-11 181 Feb 20, 1992 Ottawa, Ont
18 Steven Whitney F R 5-7 162 Feb 18, 1991 Boston, MA
20 Alex Grant D R 6-3 200 Jan 20, 1989 Antigonish, NS
21 Chris Wagner C R 6-0 195 May 27, 1991 Wellesley, MA
23 Devante Smith-Pelly LW R 6-0 222 Jun 14, 1992 Scarborough, ON
24 Brett Skinner D L 6-1 195 Jun 28, 1983 Brandon, MB
26 Zack Stortini C R 6-4 216 Sep 11, 1985 Elliot Lake, ON
27 Joseph Cramarossa C L 6-2 190 Oct 26, 1990 Toronto, ON
28 Antoine Laganiere C L 6-5 210 Jul 5, 1990 L’Ile-Cadieux, PQ
30 Frederik Andersen G R 6-4 230 Oct 2, 1989 Herning, Denmark
32 Norm Ezekiel F R 5-8 185 Mar 17, 1991 Barrie, ON
34 Mike Little D R 5-9 185 Nov 12, 1987 Enfield, CT
36 John Gibson G R 6-3 215 Jul 14, 1993 Pittsburgh, PA
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John Mitchell Traded To Washington

This just in…..

Mathieu Perreault has been traded to the Anaheim Ducks. The Caps will receive Anaheim’s fourth-round pick in 2014 and minor-league LW John Mitchell. Interesting trade for Anaheim in that they are getting themselves a decent NHL forward. Perreault is familiar with the Ducks head coach. Bruce Boudreau was Perreault’s coach in Hershey and Washington.

So what does this mean for the Admirals? Mitchell was definitely going to be in the Admirals lineup on opening night. A good solid player for the Admirals and will be missed. NHL rosters are to be submitted by Monday and with Perrault joining the Ducks it could mean that one of those players on the bubble in Anaheim will find themselves with a ticket to Norfolk. I would expect Kurtz, Devante Smith-Pelley could find themselves back in an Admirals uniform. Peter Holland who is currently injured could also be returned once he is cleared for action.

We can all analyze this trade and say what we want to say, but at the end of the day it’s a business transaction. I am a Capitals fan and I hate to see Perreault leave the Cap’s, but this could help elevate his career. Mitchell is destined to join the Hershey Bears. He will join the likes of former Admirals Josh Brittain and Brandon Segal. He will be a welcome addition to the Bears. I wish him well. except when he comes back to Norfolk.

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Admirals Fire Back, Take Game 2 Of The Preseason 4-3 Over The Checkers

The Norfolk Admirals…..well a new look Norfolk Admirals played a strong game against the Charlotte Checkers tonight at Scope. This was the second and final game of the preseason for the Admirals. Norfolk lost game one Friday down in Charlotte. One familiar face, Chris Wagner, had a strong game finishing the game with a goal and an assist. John Gibson made his appearance in net and played a solid game and got the win. Anaheim is getting ready to close out training camp and make their final cuts. The team Norfolk put on the ice tonight can look very different come opening night.

From The Norfolk Admirals:

Admirals Edge Checkers 4-3 in Preseason Finale

NORFOLK, VA –Chris Wagner finished with a goal and assist to lift the Norfolk Admirals to a 4-3 win over the Charlotte Checkers in a preseason game at Norfolk Scope Saturday evening.

The Admirals struck first at 8:34 of the opening frame as John Mitchell snapped a shot from the high slot which ripped past the shoulder of Charlotte goaltender Mike Murphy to give Norfolk the 1-0 advantage. Nearly six minutes later, Kevin Gagne lit the lamp on the power play, extending the Admirals lead by two.

It took just 48 seconds for the Admirals to add to their lead in the second. Charlotte goaltender Mike Murphy turned the puck over from behind his own net, and it was taken away by Admirals forward Max Friberg.

Friberg carried the puck to the right side of the goal and slid a cross-crease feed to Chris Wagner who buried the puck into the net on the backside to give Norfolk a 3-0 advantage.

Moments later, Charlotte had a great opportunity to get on the board with a 5-on-3 power play, but the Norfolk penalty kill was up to the task and killed off both penalties.

The Checkers finally got on the board at 8:27 of the second period. When Victor Rask rushed into the zone and took a feed from Austin Levi. Rask wristed a shot past Admirals netminder John Gibson to put the score at 3-1.

Norfolk took a 4-1 lead into the second intermission on a goal by Joseph Cramarossa at 18:33 of the middle period.

Charlotte made a game of it in early in the third, as Nicholas Blanchard picked up a rebound off a Sean Dolan shot and flipped it past an outstretched Gibson to pull the Checkers within two.

The Checkers pulled within one at 12:44, as Justin Shugg picked up a loose puck at the of the crease and backhanded it past Gibson to cut the Admirals lead to one.

Despite the late charge, the Admirals held of the Checkers in the final seven minutes to preserve the 4-3 victory. Gibson earned the win stopping 25 of 28 shots, while Murphy takes the loss allowing four goals on 34 shots faced.

The 25th season of Admirals hockey opens on October 5 at Hartford. The Admirals home opener will take place on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. against the Binghamton Senators. single game tickets are now on sale!

Game tickets 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

Three Stars:

1. Chris Wagner -NOR
2. Kevin Gagne – NOR
3. Victor Rask – CHA

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Charlotte Sinks The Admirals 4-2

The Admirals opened up the preseason with the Charlotte Checkers. Alex Grant scored both of the Admirals goals, but unfortunately those goals were not enough. The Checkers take game 1 4-2 over Norfolk. Both teams are in action tomorrow night in Norfolk at the Scope at 7:15 PM.

From The Norfolk Admirals:

Preseason Game: Charlotte Takes Preseason Opener 4-2

CHARLOTTE, NC – Despite a two-goal performance by Norfolk’s Alex Grant, the Admirals fell to the Charlotte Checkers in the preseason opener by a 4-2 score at the Extreme Ice Center Friday afternoon.

The Admirals struck first on the power play, as Alex Grant beat Charlotte goaltender Justin Peters to give Norfolk a 1-0 lead.

Later in the period, Charlotte countered with power play strike its own. Matt Marquardt picked up a rebound in front of the net and beat Admirals netminder Frederik Andersen to tie the game at one after the first 20 minutes played.

The Checkers grabbed the lead in the final minute of the second period when Zach Boychuk scored on a tough angle shot. Charlotte took the 2-1 advantage into second break. The Admirals were outshot in the period 14-5.

Nearly eight minutes into the third, the Checkers added to their lead. Aaron Palushaj netted the second power play marker for Charlotte to extend the lead by two.

Moments later, Norfolk’s Grant lit the lamp for a second time to pull the Admirials within one with nearly six minutes remaining in regulation.

In the final minutes the Admirals continued to press to find the equalizer, but Peters turned aside everything Norfolk threw his way down the stretch.

Palushaj sealed the game with his second goal of the game, throwing the puck into the empty net to preserve the 4-2 victory.

Peters earns the win allowing two goals on 22 shots, while Andersen takes the loss stopping 27 of 30 shots faced. The Admirals finished the game 2-for-5 on the power player, while Charlotte finished 2-for-6.

The two teams meet again on Saturday for a preseason game at the Norfolk Scope. Game time is set for 7:15 p.m. Tickets for Saturday’s preseason game are $10.

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Admirals Open Camp, Prepare For The New Season

Norfolk opened up camp at the Scope this past Tuesday. There were a few recognizable names returning, but there were more new names on the roster. All of the players are hoping to win a spot on the roster as the new season rapidly approaches.  Some will stick with the club, but the others are destined for the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL and other clubs.

Recent additions to the Admirals training camp roster:

Assigned to Norfolk (AHL) from Anaheim (NHL)
Max Friberg – Center/Left Wing
Kevin Gagne – Defenseman
Antoine Laganiere – Center
John Mitchell – Left Wing
Andrew O’Brien – Defenseman
Charlie Sarault – Center
Zack Stortini – Right Wing
Chris Wagner – Center/Right Wing
Stefan Warg – Defenseman
Steven Whitney – Center/Right Wing
Mat Clark – Defenseman
Joseph Cramarossa – Center/Left Wing
Kyle Cumiskey – Defenseman
John Gibson – Goaltender
Alex Grant – Defenseman
Stefan Noesen – Right Wing
Frederik Anderson – Goaltender

Released from pro tryout with Anaheim (NHL) and assigned to Norfolk (AHL)
Maxime Sauve – Left Wing
Teigan Zahn – Defenseman
Garnet Exebly – Defenseman

Some familiar names from the Admirals last season remain in Anaheim fighting for a roster spot:
Emerson Etem, Peter Holland, Pat Maroon, Igor Bobkov, Kyle Palmieri, and Devante Smith-Pelley

The Admirals kick of the pre-season with a 11 a.m. game against the Charlotte Checkers tomorrow in Charlotte. Both teams will then return to Norfolk for a Saturday evening game at Scope. Game time is 7:15pm. The 25th season of Admirals hockey opens on the road in Hartford on October 5. The Admirals return to Scope for the home opener on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. against the Binghamton Senators.

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Anaheim Trims Roster by 6

Anaheim trims the roster a  bit more. Norfolk gets 6 more players in time for training camp.


Anaheim Ducks Press Release:

The Ducks announced today that the club has made the following roster moves:

Assigned to Norfolk (AHL):
Mat Clark
 – Defenseman
Joseph Cramarossa
 – Center/Left Wing
Kyle Cumiskey
 – Defenseman
John Gibson
 – Goaltender
Alex Grant
 – Defenseman
Stefan Noesen
 – Right Wing

Anaheim now has 35 players remaining on its 2013 Training Camp Roster – 19 forwards, 12 defensemen and four goaltenders.

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