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September 19, 2008

Admirals Director of Off-Ice Officials Marie Boos Named Winner of the Norfolk Sports Club Unsung Hero Award

NORFOLK, VA – The Norfolk Admirals today proudly announced that Marie Boos, Director of Off-Ice Officials for the Admirals since 1989, has been named the winner of the Norfolk Sports Club’s Frank Margiotta Unsung Hero Award for 2008.

Marie Boos (front and center) and her off-ice crew pose for a photo with the Stanley Cup last December. Photo by Patrick McLaughlinMarie will enter her twentieth season as Director of Off-Ice Officials for the Admirals next month. In that capacity, Marie has been a vital part of recording every goal, penalty and save made by the Admirals and their opponents in the team's history. Marie is one of only two people that have worked with the Admirals organization in each season since the team's inception in 1989.

“We instituted the Frank Margiotta Unsung Hero Award a year ago,” said award committee chair Jack Ankerson. “The award is given annually to someone who best exemplifies dedicated service and unselfish devotion to a community.”

“Marie Boos has certainly been an outstanding example of what the Unsung Hero award represents. Marie is dedicated, unselfish and devotes herself to the Admirals and has done so uninterrupted since 1989. This is a fitting tribute to her loyalty to the Admirals.”

As Director of Off-Ice Officials, Marie heads up a crew of 10-15 people who work behind the scenes during Admirals games. They record all of the statistics in the official game report and, later, online and in newspapers around the world.

Her job entails the assignment and supervision of each off-ice official during each Admirals home game, serving as a liaison between the off-ice and on-ice officials during and immediately after those games, and also serving as a liaison between the off-ice officials and the American Hockey League Hockey Operations Department.

“Marie Boos is the perfect recipient for the Norfolk Sports Club’s Margiotta Award,” said Admirals Vice President Joe Gregory. “She has always represented the Admirals and our league in the most professional manner. We are fortunate to have someone of Marie’s caliber to rely upon to do an outstanding job night in and night out, as she has done for the past 19 seasons.”

Marie will be honored at a Norfolk Sports Club luncheon meeting on Monday, October 20. The luncheon meeting begins at 11:45 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Executive Center on Greenwich Road in Virginia Beach. The guest speaker will be Bob Rathbun, the first play-by-play voice of the Admirals and current voice of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.

Tickets to the luncheon are $14 for members of Norfolk Sports Club and $16 for non-members. Please reserve your tickets by phoning Betty Dail at the Norfolk Sports Club Office at (757) 497-9583.

The Norfolk Sports Club Unsung Hero Award is named for Frank Margiotta. Margiotta founded the Norfolk Sports Club in 1944 and remains an active member today. Marie is the second winner of the Margiotta Award, following Norfolk Academy volunteer cross country and track and field coach Ken Lampert, who won the award last year.

The Admirals will host the Philadelphia Phantoms on Friday and Saturday, October 3 and 4, at Scope in two preseason home games. The 20th season of Admirals hockey officially kicks off on Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, at Scope against the Hershey Bears. Single game tickets for all 40 regular season home games will go on sale this Saturday.

Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2008-09 season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit anytime!

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