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March 3, 2009

Admirals Sign Two Players to Tryout Contracts

NORFOLK, VA – Norfolk Admirals General Manager Mike Butters announced today that the Admirals have signed forward Paul McIlveen and defenseman Wes Cunningham to Professional Tryout Contracts. Both will join the Admirals from the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals.

McIlveen, 22, is a 5-foot-11, 170-pound forward from Waterloo, Ontario. He has split this season in the ECHL between Elmira and the South Carolina Stingrays, posting 15 goals and 25 assists with 27 penalty minutes in 50 games.

McIlveen will be making his American Hockey League debut. His two-year professional career has been spent in the ECHL between Elmira and South Carolina. In 107 games, he has registered 26 goals and 48 assists with 98 penalty minutes. He also skated in 14 games for the Stingrays in last season’s Kelly Cup Playoffs, posting three goals and ten penalty minutes as South Carolina advanced to the conference finals.

McIlveen split his junior career between the Ottawa 67’s of the OHL and the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the QMJHL. In 126 career junior games, he scored 52 goals and added 76 assists with 116 penalty minutes.

Cunningham, 21, is a 5-foot-11, 174-pound defenseman. The Dresden, Ontario, native has appeared in 55 games with the Jackals in his rookie professional campaign, scoring nine goals and 21 assists to go along with 44 penalty minutes. He ranks 13th among ECHL defensemen in scoring and is second among ECHL rookie defensemen. Cunningham will be making his American Hockey League debut.

Cunningham played five seasons of junior hockey in the OHL. In 293 career games between Owen Sound, Belleville and Plymouth, he registered 15 goals and 108 assists with 407 penalty minutes.

Norfolk continues a four-game road trip tonight in Bridgeport. The puck drops against the Sound Tigers at 7:00 p.m.

The next home action for the Admirals will come on Friday and Saturday nights when Norfolk hosts the Lowell Devils, AHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils. The puck drops for both games at 7:15 p.m.

Friday night is Military Appreciation Night. Individuals may show their military ID at the Scope Box Office and receive $8 Red Level Tickets. Groups or commands who would like to sit together may contact the Admirals Group Sales Department at (757) 640-1212 ext. 23. For more details, please visit

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