Milwaukee Admirals

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The Milwaukee Admirals

The Milwaukee Admirals are an American Hockey League team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Founded: January 24, 1970
Formerly Known As: Milwaukee Wings
Arena: Bradley Center
Uniform colors: Blue and red
Logo design: An admiral
Calder Cups won: 2004
NHL Affiliation: Nashville Predators

Franchise 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, Edwin J. Merar, owned an appliace store. The team was renamed the Admirals after a brand of refrigerators sold in Merar's store.

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 games, and tied 2 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 2001–-02 season when the two leagues merged.

They won their first Calder Cup in 2004 when they defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

The Admirals were purchased in June of 2005 by a group of investors, led by Harris J. Turer.

Team Leaders

Most Seasons (11): Danny Lecours
Most Games Played (641): Danny Lecours
Most Games Played by a Goaltender (285): Rich Sirois
Goals (444): Danny Lecours
Assists (379): Fred Berry
Points (813): Danny Lecours
Playoff Goals (19): Fred Berry
Playoff Assists (25): Tony Hrkac
Playoff Points (39): Fred Berry and Tony Hrkac
Penalty Minutes (1233): Ken Sabourin

External Links

  • Milwaukee Admirals official web site (http://www.milwaukeeAdmirals.com/)
  • Admirals Original Unofficial Website (http://home.wi.rr.com/jhouk/admirals.html)
  • Admirals Statistics from Hockeydb.com (Independent (http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/teamseasons.php?tid=899), USHL (http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/teamseasons.php?tid=442), IHL (http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/teamseasons.php?tid=65), AHL (http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/teamseasons.php?tid=2612))
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2004-05 teams: Albany River Rats | Binghamton Senators | Bridgeport Sound Tigers | Chicago Wolves | Cincinnati Mighty Ducks | Cleveland Barons | Edmonton Roadrunners | Grand Rapids Griffins | Hamilton Bulldogs | Hartford Wolf Pack | Hershey Bears | Houston Aeros | Lowell Lock Monsters | Manchester Monarchs | Manitoba Moose | Milwaukee Admirals | Norfolk Admirals | Philadelphia Phantoms | Portland Pirates | Providence Bruins | Rochester Americans | San Antonio Rampage | Springfield Falcons | St. John's Maple Leafs | Syracuse Crunch | Utah Grizzlies | Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins | Worcester IceCats
Trophies and Awards: Calder Cup
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