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February 20, 2009

Mark Bernard and Victor Gervais Inducted into Admirals Hall of Fame


NORFOLK, Va. Ė Goaltender/team executive Mark Bernard and forward Victor Gervais were inducted into the Admirals Hall of Fame, presented by The Virginian-Pilot, during a pre-game ceremony tonight at Norfolk Scope Arena.

Bernard is a two-time champion with the Admirals, winning the Riley Cup in 1991 and 1992 with Hampton Roads. He is the all-time wins leader in ECHL Admirals history, posting 62 regular season wins. He appeared in four seasons with Hampton Roads (1990-91 - 1992-93, 1995-96), recording a 62-38-12 regular season record with a 3.69 goals against average and a .882 save percentage with Hampton Roads.

Bernard started 48 consecutive games from the end of the 1991-92 regular season through the postseason as the team won the 1992 Riley Cup. He won ECHL Playoff MVP honors in 1992 when he won 12 of 14 post-season games.

Bernard also served in the Admirals front office during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons as Vice President and Assistant General Manager. During his tenure, the Admirals saw more than a six percent rise in attendance over the previous two seasons - the fifth highest such increase in the AHL. Six of the top ten highest single game crowds in AHL Admiralsí history to that point came under Bernardís watch Ė including the teamís first AHL sellout on January 26, 2007. He was the 2007-08 winner of the James C. Hendy Memorial Award as the outstanding executive in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Gervais is one of only two players to have been a part of all three Admirals championship squads. After appearing in eight regular season games with the first Admirals championship team in 1990-91, Gervais was a vital player in Hampton Roadsí 1992 Riley Cup title and 1998 Kelly Cup title.

Gervais spent parts of seven seasons with the Hampton Roads Admirals from 1990-91 to 1997-98. In 239 career games with the Blue and Gold, the Prince George, British Columbia native scored 151 goals and 282 assists for 433 points. He ranks second all-time in points, third all-time in goals and first all-time in assists in Admirals history. His 1.81 points-per-game in an Admirals jersey rank second all-time among players who have appeared in more than five games.

Gervaisí 118 points during the 1992-93 season remain the most ever in a single season in an Admirals jersey and also rank among the top 15 best offensive seasons in ECHL history. In 1998, Gervais led Hampton Roads in playoff scoring on their improbable run to the Kelly Cup, netting seven goals and 11 assists in 19 games.

Gervais was unable to travel to attend the ceremony due to medical concerns stemming from a recently-injured foot. Video of his induction remarks was played on the video scoreboard system during the ceremony. The Admirals would like to send special thanks to Scott Earle and Jeff Harris of the ECHLís Victoria Salmon Kings for their assistance in the videotaping and delivery of Gervaisí remarks.

The Admirals will hold a hockey doubleheader tomorrow at Scope. At 3:00 p.m., the heroes of Admirals past will skate at Scope once again as the second Admirals Alumni Game takes place. Gates open at 2:00 p.m. The present-day Admirals will then renew acquaintances with the Binghamton Senators at 7:15 p.m. A ticket to the 7:15 p.m. game gets you into the Alumni Game, as well. 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. Donít miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2009-10 season tickets today. Season tickets start at just $42 per month! 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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