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September 30, 2009

Tampa Bay Bolsters Admirals Blueline with Lashoff and Lundin


TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have assigned defensemen Matt Lashoff and Mike Lundin (luhn-DEEN) to Norfolk, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today.

Lashoff, a 6-foot-2, 204-pound defenseman from East Greenbush, New York, is a former first-round draft pick and AHL All-Star. He has appeared in 58 career NHL games between the Lightning and Boston Bruins, scoring one goal and 14 assists. A 2005 first-round draft choice (22nd overall) of the Bruins, the Lightning acquired the 22-year-old from Boston on March 4, 2009 with Martins Karsums in exchange for Mark Recchi and second-round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Lashoff has skated in 166 career AHL games with Providence and Norfolk tallying 26 goals and 69 assists. He was selected as a starter for the PlanetUSA team at the 2007-08 AHL All-Star Game. Prior to turning pro Lashoff played three seasons of junior hockey with Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League, recording 16 goals, 93 points and 284 penalty minutes in 162 games.

Lundin, a 6-foot-2, 188-pound defenseman from Burnsville, Minnesota, led the Admirals in scoring by defensemen last season. The 25-year-old third-year pro registered four goals and 25 assists after being assigned to Norfolk by the Lightning on December 13. He appeared in all 51 of Norfolk’s games after being assigned and ranked sixth in scoring and second in assists during that time. Lundin also played 25 games with the Lightning last season, recording two assists.

Lundin has appeared in 106 career NHL games – all with the Lightning – with eight assists. In 2007-08, he appeared in 81 of Tampa Bay’s 82 games and ranked second on the Lightning in plus/minus rating with a plus-3. He also represented the Eastern Conference in the 2008 NHL YoungStars Game.

Lundin played in 160 career games with the Maine Black Bears from 2003-07, recording 13 goals and 69 points. He was drafted by the Lightning in the fourth round (102nd overall) at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

The Admirals now have 24 players on their roster with 14 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders.

The forward ranks include NHL-contracted players Brandon Bochenski, Ryan Craig, Mitch Fadden, Adam Hall, 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.

Lashoff and Lundin will join fellow NHL-contracted defensemen Scott Jackson, Vladimir Mihalik, Kevin Quick and Ty Wishart. Trevor Hendrikx is 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!

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