Norfolk Admirals announce affiliate agreement with the Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators will become the Norfolk Admirals' parent club starting in October.
The Nashville Predators will become the Norfolk Admirals’ parent club starting in October. (Photo courtesy of the Norfolk Admirals)

NORFOLK — Next season, The Scope will become a training ground for a different professional hockey team.

The Norfolk Admirals announced Thursday evening an agreement with the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League.

The partnership starts with the Admirals’ upcoming season, according to a news release.

“As an organization, we’re a big believer in the direction the Admirals are headed,” Brian Poile, Predators director of hockey operations, said in the release. “We love having committed relationships with our affiliates for a variety of reasons, not limited to only player development.”

The Norfolk Admirals are a AA team in the ECHL, which is lower than the Predators’ American Hockey League affiliate The Milwaukee Admirals. Milwaukee bridges the Nashville and Norfolk teams, the release stated.

The Predators have had 35 ECHL alumnus on its roster since the team started in 1998, according to the release.

This announcement is the first of three announcements the Norfolk Admirals will make before its upcoming season, which will reveal the team’s new jerseys and logo.

The season starts Friday, Oct. 27 with a home opener against the South Carolina Sting Rays.

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