TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have assigned veteran forwards Brandon Bochenski, Ryan Craig and Adam Hall to the Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today. The three forwards bring a combined 21 seasons and 1,132 games of professional experience to Norfolk.
Bochenski, a 6-foot-1, 187-pound right wing out of Blaine, Minnesota, led the Admirals in goals, power play goals and game winning goals while finishing third in points and tying for third in assists last season. In 69 games, Bochenski posted 27 goals – including 11 on the power play – and 26 assists. His six game-winning goals were tied for tenth in the American Hockey League. He also appeared in seven games for the Lightning and recorded an assist.
Bochenski, 27, is entering his sixth professional season. He has appeared in 128 career NHL games between the Lightning, Anaheim Ducks, Nashville Predators, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators. He has also appeared in 214 career AHL games between the Admirals, Providence Bruins and Binghamton Senators.
In 104 career games with the Admirals, Bochenski has 60 goals and 59 assists. Among the all-time Norfolk Admirals (AHL) lists, he ranks third in goals, tied for eighth in assists, eighth in points (119), second in power play goals (27) and fourth in game-winning goals (11). He also holds the record for most goals in a single AHL Admirals game (4, 11/25/06 vs. Philadelphia), co-owns the record for most assists in a single game (4, 11/18/06 vs. Binghamton) and had the longest point streak in AHL Admirals history (14 games from 11/12 – 12/27/06).
Craig, a 6-foot-2, 212-pound left wing from Abbotsford, British Columbia, appeared in 54 games for the Lightning last season recording two goals and four assists. The 27-year-old, seventh-year pro has appeared in 181 career NHL games – all with the Lightning – with 32 goals and 31 assists in those games.
Craig has also appeared in 171 career AHL contests between the Hershey Bears, Springfield Falcons and Norfolk, scoring 44 goals and adding 34 assists. He played two games with the Admirals on a conditioning stint during the 2007-08 season and recorded a goal and two assists.
Hall, a 6-foot-3, 206-pound right wing from Kalamazoo, Michigan, appeared in 74 games for the Lightning last season, recording five goals and five assists. The 29-year-old, eighth-year pro has appeared in 426 career NHL games between Tampa Bay, Nashville, the Minnesota Wild and Pittsburgh Penguins with 56 goals and 62 assists to his credit.
Hall has appeared in only seven career AHL games with the Milwaukee Admirals, recording two goals and two assists.
The Admirals now have 22 players on their roster with 14 forwards, five defensemen and three goaltenders. Earlier in the day, the Admirals announced the deletions of forwards Matt Dias, Erick Lizon and Ryan McDonald and defenseman Ben Wright from the roster.
The forward ranks include Bochenski, Craig and Hall along with fellow NHL-contracted players Mitch Fadden, Blair Jones, Martins Karsums, Chris Lawrence, Juraj Simek, Paul Szczechura and Dana Tyrell. Tryout forwards include Tommy Goebel, Justin Keller, Stephen Werner and Travis Whitehead.
Scott Jackson, Vladimir Mihalik, Kevin Quick and Ty Wishart are the four NHL-contracted defensemen with Trevor Hendrikx the only remaining tryout blueliner.
Between the pipes are NHL-contracted goaltenders Riku Helenius and Dustin Tokarski and tryout goaltender Jaroslav Janus. Janus is an unsigned Lightning draft pick.
The Admirals open the regular season on the road with a game against the defending Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears in Hershey on Saturday. The Admirals open the home portion of their season on Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, against the Manchester Monarchs. Friday night is Military Appreciation Night with $9 tickets for individuals and $8 tickets for groups with valid ID. For complete details, please visit norfolkadmirals.com.
Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2009-10 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!