On May 4th, the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL announced themselves as the new affiliate of the Nashville Predators at that level.
The ECHL version of the Norfolk Admirals, based in the Norfolk Scope in Norfolk, Virginia, have their franchise roots in Bakersfield, California. From 1995 to 2015, the Bakersfield Fog and Condors played ECHL hockey before the AHL’s western expansion. The AHL version of the Norfolk Admirals have been playing since 2000 before moving west to become the San Diego Gulls, affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks, in 2015. In the same expansion, the Oklahoma City Barons moved to Bakersfield to continue as the Edmonton Oilers’ AHL affiliate. The ECHL’s Condors, now chased out of town, moved to Norfolk to replace the former Admirals.
Now that the confusing part is out of the way, the Admirals did not announce the terms of the agreement, but it will start in the 2017-18 season.
The Admirals finished the 2016-17 season with a 26-40-6 record securing 58 points and last place in the South Division.
The Predators were previously affiliated with the Cincinnati Cyclones at the ECHL level since 2007.
This past season, four players under contract by the Nashville Predators suited up for the Cyclones: Jaynen Rissling, Jonathan Ismael-Diaby*, Justin Kirkland & Anthony Richard.
Of the Predators current roster, five players have suited up in the ECHL in their careers: Anthony Bitetto [2012-13], Cody McLeod [2005-06], Vern Fiddler [2000-02], P.A. Paranteau [2005-06], and Frederick Gaudreau [2014-15].
The Admirals announced in their press release that new logos and jerseys will be revealed later this summer.
As we wait for further details, enjoy this awesome video the Admirals put together for the announcement:
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