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October 19, 2008

Lightning Reassign Veteran Defenseman Jamie Heward to Norfolk


NORFOLK, VA Ė The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have reassigned defenseman Jamie Heward to the Admirals, Lightning executive vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton announced today.

Heward, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound native of Regina, Saskatchewan, has played in three games with the Lightning this season, including two during the Bridgestone NHL Premiere in Prague. He tied his career high for assists in a game with two on October 11 against Carolina. He recorded two shots on goal and four penalty minutes along with the two assists this season. He served as a healthy scratch for the previous two games.

The 2008-09 season marks the eighteenth season of professional hockey for Heward. He has appeared in 916 pro games between the NHL, AHL, IHL, and European pro leagues, scoring 129 goals and 313 assists with 811 penalty minutes.

Heward is a veteran of 384 NHL games over nine seasons between Tampa Bay, Los Angeles, Washington, Columbus, New York Islanders, Nashville and Toronto. He has recorded 38 career goals, 124 points, 22 power play goals and six game-winning goals. He played in 53 games with SKA St. Petersburg in Russia last season, registering two goals and 17 points.

Heward has skated in 186 career American Hockey League games between St. Johnís, Philadelphia and Syracuse, netting 50 goals and 111 assists with 119 penalty minutes. In 1997-98 with the Phantoms, Heward captured the Eddie Shore Award as the AHLís most outstanding defenseman as Philadelphia captured the 1998 Calder Cup.

The Admirals next square off against the Rockford IceHogs and Grand Rapids Griffins next weekend. The Admirals and IceHogs will face off for the first time in franchise history next Friday at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8:05 p.m. The Admirals and Griffins will meet next Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

You may listen to all Admirals games live on ESPN Radio 1310 and sportsjuice.com. You may also view the contests on a pay-per-view basis through AHL Live. For more information, please visit norfolkadmirals.com.

The next Admirals home game will be on October 29 against the Philadelphia Phantoms. To purchase tickets to any Admirals game, you may visit the Scope Box Office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., visit any Ticketmaster outlet, call Ticketmaster at (757) 671-8100 or visit Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com. Donít miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2008-09 season tickets today. Stop by the Admiralsí Administrative Offices at Scope, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com anytime!




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