The Norfolk Admirals launch training camp Monday with new ownership and new players.
The Admirals, the ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, added four forwards and a goalie to the roster Friday and five defenders on Saturday, according to a team spokesperson. The Admirals signed 26 players during the offseason, including the 10 most recent pickups: 15 forwards, nine defensemen and two goaltenders, the team said in a pair of releases.
“I want these guys to come in, work hard, and compete,” Head Coach Rod Aldoff said in the Friday release. “They know they’re being given an opportunity and I’m looking forward to see what every one of them has to offer.”
The four newly signed forwards are: Jeff DiNallo, 23, a Clarkson University graduate who dressed in three games for the Adirondack Thunder; Malcolm Gould, 23, a former Michigan Tech player who dressed for several games with the Indy Fuel last season; Cal Decowski, 24, who notched 135 games for the University of Minnesota-Duluth; and Louis Belisle, 25, who tallied 60 points in 86 games over two seasons for the Columbus Cottonmouths of the SPHL, the release said.
The new goalie prospect is Sean Bonar, 25. He has been with seven organizations, including the ECHL teams of Brampton, Fort Wayne and Wichita and Fayetteville in the SPHL. He posted an average of 1.89 goals, according to the release.
The new defensemen are: Mike Krieg, 26, who played under Aldoff at the SPHL’s Pensacola Ice Flyers last season; Kenny Bradford, 24, who notched four seasons at the University of Windsor; Anthony Calabrese, 24, and Brandon Blair, 24, both former Pensacola players; and Chris Williams, 25, who joined the Admirals at the end of last season.
The roster additions come at a time of transition for the team.
On Sept. 29, Mango Media Group and Oilers Entertainment Group announced that Mango Media had acquired the Admirals from OEG, the previous owner.
“Mango Media Group will have a much more hands-on approach to all things Admirals and I do believe that in time many fans will see the rewards of that,” Walt Ruff, director of communications, wrote in an email. “It truly is a new era of hockey in Norfolk, and the Admirals are here to stay.”
The Admirals will kick off their season on Oct. 14, with a contest against the Kalamazoo Wings at Norfolk’s Scope Arena.
Monday’s practice at the Scope Arena begins at 10 a.m. It is open to the public.
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