There are 30 AHL member clubs, affiliated with 30 NHL teams. Here we take a look, a snapshot if you will, at those cities and teams that makeup the American Hockey League. Let’s take a look at the Norfolk Admirals.
Since 2000, Norfolk has been home to the Admirals. In that time the Admirals have a franchise record of 477-356-41-49-33. Joining the AHL in 2000, Norfolk boasts one Calder Cup and regular season championship (2011-12), one conference title and three division titles. Beginning as a Chicago Blackhawks affiliate and most recently the Tampa Bay Lightning, Norfolk will align with the Anaheim Ducks in 2012-13. Hence, Norfolk and Syracuse have swapped parent affiliations.
In 2011-12, Norfolk had a season for the ages. The club set a professional hockey record, with 28 straight victories, to close out the season. During the Calder Cup playoffs, the Ads won 15-of-18 and swept their way through the Eastern Conference Final and Calder Cup Final.
Name: Norfolk Admirals
NHL Parent Club: Anaheim Ducks
2011-12 Record: 55-18-1-2 (113 points), first place in East Division. Won Calder Cup over Toronto.
Coach: Trent Yawney
Notable Alumni: Craig Anderson, Mike Angelidis, Tyler Arnason, Carter Ashton, Anton Babchuk, Nolan Baumgartner, Mark Bell, Brandon Bochenski, Dave Bolland. Rene Bourque, Troy Brouwer, Dustin Byfuglien, Kyle Calder, Corey Crawford, Casey Hankinson, Rob Klinkhammer, Zenon Konopka, Igor Korolev, Michael Leighton, Chris McAlpine, Mike McKenna, Evan Oberg, Michel Ouellet, Mark Parrish, Mike Peluso, Brent Seabrook, Trevor Smith, Martin St. Pierre, Paul Szczechura, Shawn Thornton, Dustin Tokarski, Kris Versteeg, James Wisniewski.
Calder Cup(s): 1
Arena: Norfolk Scope. Capacity, 8,704
Team colors: Blue, red, gold and white
Top Rival: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins