TAMPA BAY, FL – The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL affiliate of the Norfolk Admirals, have reassigned Admirals captain Zenon Konopka to Norfolk, it was announced today by Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton.
Konopka, a 6-foot-1, 213-pound center, appeared in three games with Tampa Bay after being recalled on December 10, posting 17 penalty minutes. He made his Lightning debut on December 10 in Buffalo.
Konopka has played in 27 games with the Admirals this season, recording seven goals and 21 points while serving as team captain. He is tied for third on the team in points and is fifth in goals. His three game-winning goals lead the team.
A native of Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Konopka has played in 35 career NHL games with Tampa Bay, Columbus and Anaheim, scoring four goals and three assists with 100 penalty minutes. He recorded a career-best four goals and seven points with two power-play goals in 23 games with the Ducks in 2005-06.
Konopka has played in 307 career AHL games with Norfolk, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Utah, Syracuse, Cincinnati and Portland. He has netted 93 career goals and recorded 233 points. He also played in 44 career Calder Cup Playoff games, recording 17 goals and 45 points. Konopka has also played in 91 career games in the ECHL with Wheeling and Idaho, recording 28 goals and 98 points.
The 27-year-old played in 242 games with the Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey League during his junior career. Konopka scored 28 goals and recorded 98 points with Ottawa. He also played in 51 career playoff games, recording 16 goals and 37 points.
Undrafted out of juniors, Konopka served as the captain for the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch last season.
The Admirals and River Rats will face off again on Friday night at Scope. The first 5,000 fans eighteen years of age and older through the gates will receive a shot at Hockey Heaven, courtesy of Southwest Airlines. One lucky fan will receive two tickets to an Admirals game, two tickets to a Tampa Bay Lightning game, two round-trip Southwest Airlines tickets to Tampa Bay, one night of hotel accommodations in Tampa Bay, an Admirals jersey and a Lightning jersey. For more details, please visit norfolkadmirals.com.
Also on Friday night, the Admirals wives and girlfriends will hold a silent auction on the Scope concourse near Gate 14 for customized holiday ornaments. Each ornament has been customized for the unique personality and interests of an Admirals or Lightning player. All proceeds will go toward The Joy Fund. For more details, please visit norfolkadmirals.com.
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. 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 norfolkadmirals.com anytime!