Pete's View - February and March 2012
Pete Michaud is The Voice of the Admirals. He brings 20 seasons of experience with the team to the airwaves in 2011-12. He has been the team's play-by-play broadcaster for each of the past 13 seasons. In addition to his work with the Admirals, Michaud also calls Norfolk Tides AAA baseball games.
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March 8, 2012
With just 16 games remaining in the regular season, the Admirals have a real chance to do something they've never done…win a conference title and the AHL's regular season title. An incredible, 12-game winning streak has Norfolk fans eager for the playoffs to begin! The Admirals' best finish was tied for 3rd in the league's overall standings a few years back.
Speaking of the playoffs, only those players on each club's Clear Day Roster are eligible to play for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs. Many fans, understandably, call this a 'playoff roster.' That's not really correct, though, since it takes effect now. If a team loses a certain number of players due to injuries, NHL call-ups or suspensions, replacements may be added to the roster. In addition, players joining under 'amateur tryout' contracts after their junior or college seasons are also eligible to play. You can find each team's Clear Day Roster on the league's website.
The Admirals' roster recently underwent a few changes, with Brandon Segal being acquired from Rockford. If you've followed the Admirals for a few years, you certainly remember Segal, who was one of the Admirals' few bright spots three years in a season in which he scored 26 goals in Norfolk. Brandon is now 28 years old and has nearly a hundred games of NHL time under his belt. His experience, and a great shot, could be a huge asset to the club the rest of the way. Segal was recalled to Tampa Bay before he got a chance to play in front of the Scope fans once again. He can be a huge asset to the club if the Admirals get him back for the post-season run.
As Segal came in, Matt Fornataro was departing. It was especially tough to see Fornataro leave for Rockford. Matt is so well liked, and we all know what a good player he can be. After scoring 17 goals last season, though, he often found himself on the third and fourth lines this year, with just five goals scored. Hopefully a change of scenery will do him good. We certainly wish Matt all the best in Rockford.
On a closing note, I hope all the fans that took part in our post-game skates this year enjoyed them. We have to thank the coaching staff and the players, who agreed to have more skates with the fans this season than ever before. It's a rare treat to be able to skate on the same ice the team plays on and meet the guys at the same time.
Well, that's it for now. Until then, feel free to drop an email ( firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions of comments, and make sure to follow me, @PeteMichaud2012, on Twitter. Take care and we'll see you at Scope when the Admirals get home next Wednesday for a key game against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
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