Milwaukee Admirals

The Milwaukee Admirals are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They play in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Panther Arena. They have been affiliated with the NHL's Nashville Predators since that team's founding in 1998.[1]

Milwaukee Admirals
2018–19 AHL season
Milwaukee Admirals logo
CityMilwaukee, Wisconsin
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
Founded1970 (As an amateur team)
Home arenaUW–Milwaukee Panther Arena
ColorsNavy blue, lake blue, gray, white
Owner(s)Group headed by
Harris Turer
General managerScott Nichol
Head coachKarl Taylor
CaptainJarred Tinordi
MediaWVTV-DT2 "My 24"
105.7 The Fan
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
AHL.TV (Internet)
AffiliatesNashville Predators (NHL)
Franchise history
1970 (amateur)Milwaukee Wings
1970–presentMilwaukee Admirals
Regular season titles1 AHL (2003–04)
Division Championships4 IHL (1982–83, 1992–93, 1994–95, 1995–96)
5 AHL (2003–04, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2015–16)
Conference Championships2 (2003–04),(2005–06)
Calder Cups1 (2003–04)
Playoff championships1 USHL title (1975–76)


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, Erwin J. Merar, owned an appliance store. The team was renamed the "Admirals" after a brand of household appliances 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, and tied two 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 200102[2] season when the IHL ceased operations. Five other IHL franchises also joined the AHL that season. The team was allowed to keep their nickname despite the presence of the Norfolk Admirals in the AHL, as Milwaukee has had the nickname since 1977, well before the Norfolk team was established as the Hampton Roads Admirals in the ECHL. In the 2015-16 season, Norfolk moved to the AHL's Pacific Division as the newest incarnation of the San Diego Gulls.

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2003-04 Admirals with the Calder Cup

They won their first Calder Cup in 2004 when they defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Prior to the finals, Milwaukee needed seven games to defeat the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks in the first round. Then the Admirals defeated the Chicago Wolves in six games to advance to the conference finals. The Admirals then eliminated the Rochester Americans four games to one. Milwaukee went on to sweep the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to win the Calder Cup. The Admirals completed a rare postseason run in which they needed one fewer games to eliminate their opponents in each subsequent series.[3]

The Admirals were purchased in June 2005 by a group of investors, led by Harris J. Turer, including Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio, assistant general manager Gord Ash, and pitcher Ben Sheets. The Brewers subsequently became the sole uniform sponsor of the Admirals, and the Admirals wear a Brewers logo patch on their sweaters.

The Admirals won their second division title as a member of the American Hockey League in 2006, clinching the title on the last day of their schedule with a win over the Grand Rapids Griffins.[4]

In the 2006 Calder Cup playoffs after narrowly winning a seven-game playoff series over the Iowa Stars, Milwaukee swept both the Houston Aeros and Grand Rapids Griffins to advance to their second Calder Cup final series. To their disappointment, the Admirals would lose 4–2 to the Hershey Bears.[5]

On August 1, 2006, the Admirals unveiled their newest logo to the public at the Henry Maier Festival Park (also known as the Summerfest grounds). The logo came with a color change for the team, away from red and blue hues to one of black, white and light blue. They also unveiled their new slogan, "Never Say Die".[6]

On March 16, 2016, Milwaukee Admirals owner/CEO Harris Turer along with Wisconsin Center District (WCD) announced that the Admirals signed a 10-year contract, bringing the Admirals to the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Panther Arena for the 2016-17 AHL season.[7] This 10-year contract also results in a $6.4 million dollar investment to bring the arena up to AHL standards with the Admirals contributing two million and the rest being supplied by the Wisconsin Center District.[8]

NHL affiliation

The Admirals have been the top-level affiliate of the Nashville Predators since that team's founding in 1998. On 22 February 2010, the clubs signed a new agreement that extended that relationship through the 2011–12 season with a mutual option for 2012–13.[9]

"I like to say that for our players, the road to Nashville runs through Milwaukee and a look at our roster illustrates this. (T)his is the kind of environment that we want our prospects to develop in."

— Nashville General Manager David Poile

Coincidentally, the two cities' baseball franchises shared a reverse affiliation, as the Nashville Sounds were the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers from 2005 to 2014.

During the 2006–07 season, the Admirals were also part of an unusual affiliation agreement with the Edmonton Oilers, who used five partial affiliates in the AHL for the 2006–07 season. These five affiliates included the Milwaukee Admirals, the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Iowa Stars, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and the Hamilton Bulldogs. This arrangement lasted one season, as the Oilers announced a three-year affiliation with the Springfield Falcons on March 19, 2007.

Team information


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logo during
independent years
1973–1977 1977–1981 1981–1998 1998–2006 2006–2015 2015–present

Season-by-season results

Legend:  —  – round did not exist at the time

Current roster

Updated March 12, 2019.[10][11]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
58 Canada Frederic Allard D R 21 2017 Saint-Sauveur, Quebec Predators
43 United States Colin Blackwell C R 25 2018 Lawrence, Massachusetts Predators
55 Canada Alexandre Carrier D R 22 2016 Quebec City, Quebec Predators
12 Canada Emerson Clark LW L 26 2019 Le Gardeur, Quebec Admirals
16 Canada Laurent Dauphin C L 23 2019 Repentigny, Quebec Predators
52 Canada Phillip Di Giuseppe C L 25 2019 Maple, Ontario Predators
10 Canada Tyler Gaudet C L 25 2018 Hamilton, Ontario Predators
1 United States Troy Grosenick G L 29 2018 Brookfield, Wisconsin Predators
23 Canada Adam Helewka LW L 23 2019 Burnaby, British Columbia Predators
18 Canada Tanner Jeannot LW L 21 2018 Oxbow, Saskatchewan Predators
19 Canada Justin Kirkland C L 22 2016 Camrose, Alberta Predators
82 Canada Zach Magwood RW R 20 2018 Cambridge, Ontario Predators
33 United States Tom McCollum G L 29 2018 Amherst, New York Predators
24 Canada Mathieu Olivier RW R 22 2018 Levis, Quebec Admirals
3 United States Zach Osburn D R 22 2019 Plymouth, Michigan Admirals
5 United States Vince Pedrie D L 25 2019 Rochester, Minnesota Admirals
4 Canada Adam Plant D R 23 2019 Penticton, British Columbia Admirals
78 Czech Republic Filip Pyrochta D L 22 2018 Trebic, Czech Republic Predators
90 Canada Anthony Richard C L 22 2016 Trois-Rivières, Quebec Predators
8 United States Garret Ross LW L 26 2018 Dearborn Heights, Michigan Admirals
7 United States Scott Savage D L 23 2018 San Clemente, California Admirals
25 United States Cole Schneider LW L 28 2019 Williamsville, New York Predators
15 Canada Duncan Siemens D L 25 2018 Sherwood Park, Alberta Admirals
28 United States Jarred Tinordi (C) D L 27 2018 Burnsville, Minnesota Predators
11 Finland Eeli Tolvanen RW L 19 2018 Vihti, Finland Predators
13 Russia Yakov Trenin C L 22 2017 Chelyabinsk, Russia Predators

Retired numbers

Team captains

Notable alumni

Team records

Single season
Goals: Danny Lecours, 75, (1982–83)
Assists: Dale Yakiwchuk, 100, (1982–83)
Points: Dale Yakiwchuk, 138, (1982–83)
Penalty minutes: Don Gibson, 381, (1992–93)
GAA: Mark Dekanich, 2.02, (2010–11)
SV%: Mark Dekanich, .931, (2010–11)
Career goals: Danny Lecours, 444
Career assists: Fred Berry, 379
Career points: Danny Lecours, 813
Career penalty minutes: Ken Sabourin, 1233
Career goaltending wins: Rich Sirois, 119
Career shutouts: Brian Finley, 11
Career games: Danny Lecours, 641


  1. ^ "Nashville Predators renew affiliation with the Cincinnati Cyclones". Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  2. ^ "Milwaukee Admirals hockey team [AHL] statistics and history at". Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  3. ^ "Calder Cup Champions - Players | AHL". Archived from the original on 2010-02-27. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  4. ^ "Milwaukee Admirals". Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  5. ^ "2006 AHL PLAYOFFS". Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  6. ^ "Milwaukee Admirals". Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  7. ^ "Admirals to move to UWM Panther Arena | AHL". Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  8. ^ "Admirals improvements beginning at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena". Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  9. ^ "Milwaukee, Nashville Extend Affiliation Agreement". Retrieved 2011-03-05.
  10. ^ " – Team Roster". Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  11. ^ " -Milwaukee Admirals Roster". Retrieved 2018-10-23.

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1998–99 IHL season

The 1998–99 IHL season was the 54th season of the International Hockey League, a North American minor professional league. 16 teams participated in the regular season, and the Houston Aeros won the Turner Cup.

2003–04 AHL season

The 2003–04 AHL season was the 68th season of the American Hockey League. The league introduces the Willie Marshall Award in honour the career points leader in the AHL, and awards it to the annual top goal scorer.

The AHL changes from a six division alignment to four divisions within two conferences. The Eastern conference consists of the Atlantic and East divisions, and the Western conference consists of the North and West divisions. Twenty-eight teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The Milwaukee Admirals finished first overall in the regular season, and won the Calder Cup, defeating the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the finals.

2004 Calder Cup playoffs

The 2004 Calder Cup playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 14, 2004. Twenty teams, the top five from each division, qualified for the playoffs. The fourth- and fifth-placed teams in each division played best-of-3 series in the qualifying round. The four winners, in addition to the other twelve teams that qualified, played best-of-7 series for division semifinals, finals and conference finals. The conference champions played a best-of-7 series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on June 6, 2004 with the Milwaukee Admirals defeating the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins four games to none to win the first Calder Cup in team history. Milwaukee's Wade Flaherty won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL playoff MVP.

2005–06 AHL season

The 2005–06 AHL season was the 70th season of the American Hockey League. Twenty-seven teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The Hershey Bears won the Calder Cup, defeating the Milwaukee Admirals in the finals.

To celebrate the AHL's 70th anniversary, the league announced on January 6, 2006, the first inductees into the AHL's new Hall of Fame [1]. The first inductees were; Johnny Bower, Jack Butterfield, Jody Gage, Fred Glover, Willie Marshall, Frank Mathers and Eddie Shore.

2006 Calder Cup playoffs

The 2006 Calder Cup playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 18, 2006. The sixteen teams that qualified, eight from each conference, played best-of-seven series for division semifinals, finals and conference finals. The conference champions played a best-of-seven series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on June 15, 2006 with the Hershey Bears defeating the Milwaukee Admirals four games to two to win the ninth Calder Cup in team history.Milwaukee's Darren Haydar set an AHL post-season record by scoring 6 game-winning goals in a single playoff. Hershey's Frederic Cassivi tied an AHL record by recording 16 wins in one playoff. He also won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL Playoff MVP.

2008–09 AHL season

The 2008–09 AHL season is the 73rd season of the American Hockey League. 29 teams each played 80 games in the regular season, which ran from October 8 until April 12.

2013–14 AHL season

The 2013–14 AHL season was the 78th season of the American Hockey League. The regular season began on October 4, 2013, and ended on April 19, 2014. The 2014 Calder Cup playoffs followed the conclusion of the regular season. The Calder Cup was won by the Texas Stars for their first Calder Cup in franchise history.

2014–15 AHL season

The 2014–15 AHL season was the 79th season of the American Hockey League. The regular season began in October 2014 and ended in April 2015. The 2015 Calder Cup playoffs followed the conclusion of the regular season.

Bradley Center

The Bradley Center (known as the BMO Harris Bradley Center under sponsorship agreements) was a multi-purpose arena located on the northwest corner of North Vel R. Phillips Ave. and West State Streets in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States.

It was home to the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA and the Marquette University men's basketball team. It was also the home of the Milwaukee Wave of the MISL, from 1988 to 2003, the original Milwaukee Mustangs of the AFL from 1994 to 2001, along with the second incarnation of the team from 2009 to 2012, the Badger Hockey Showdown from 1989 to 2002, and the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL (and formerly of the IHL) from 1988 to 2016.

The arena employed about 50 full-time employees, mostly tradespeople and about 700 part-time employees to help during events.Following the opening of the new Fiserv Forum in late August 2018, the Bradley Center is currently being demolished to make way for future development. Assets from the arena, including display boards, scoreboards, equipment and sports and concert memorabilia were auctioned off.

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Denny Felsner

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Kevin Fiala

Kevin Fiala (born 22 July 1996) is a Swiss professional ice hockey winger currently playing with the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). Born in Switzerland to Czech parents, Fiala first played hockey there, before moving to Sweden in 2012 to further his career. He spent one season with the Malmö Redhawks junior team, then joined HV71, splitting a season between their junior team and their senior team in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), being selected by the Nashville Predators 11th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Fiala started the following season with HV71 before moving to North America halfway through, splitting two seasons between the Predators and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.

Internationally Fiala has played for the Swiss national team at several tournaments, both at the junior and senior level, and has appeared in two World Championships.

Lloyd Pettit

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Mark Eaton (ice hockey)

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Mark Mowers

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Pekka Rinne

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Rinne is currently Nashville's franchise leader in wins and shutouts, and is a four-time NHL All-Star. He also holds the record for the most NHL wins by a Finland-born goaltender.

Peter DeBoer

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A two-time winner of the OHL Coach of the Year award, DeBoer was an OHL head coach for 13 seasons with the Detroit Whalers (1995–1997), Plymouth Whalers (1997–2001) and Kitchener Rangers (2001–08), the latter of which he led to a Memorial Cup victory in 2003. He served as the head coach of the New Jersey Devils from 2011 to 2014 and was also the head coach of the Florida Panthers from June 13, 2008 to April 10, 2011.

Roman Josi

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Tony Hrkac

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