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January 31, 2010

Szczechura Assigned to Admirals for Conditioning


TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have assigned center Paul Szczechura (sha-HUHR-uh) to the Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today. The Admirals also announced that they have signed defenseman Ryan McGinnis to a Professional Tryout Contract (PTO).

Szczechura, 24, a 5-foot-10, 184-pound center from Brantford, Ontario, has appeared in 37 games with the Lightning this season and has scored two goals and three points.

Szczechura appeared in Norfolk’s first 14 games this season. At the time of his recall on November 11, he led the team in points with 14 and assists with eight while also ranking third on the team in goals with six. Szczechura also had a power-play goal, a shorthanded goal and an even rating. Szczechura has played in 114 career AHL games between Norfolk and the Iowa Stars. He has amassed 38 goals and 81 points.

Szczechura made his NHL debut with the Lightning last season, playing in 31 games and recording four goals with nine points. He ranked second among Tampa Bay rookies in goals, assists and points. In 68 career NHL games with the Lightning he has six goals and 12 points. Originally undrafted, the Lightning signed Szczechura as a free agent on April 24, 2008.

McGinnis, 22, is a 6-foot-2, 202-pound defenseman from Flint, Michigan. He has spent the entire 2009-10 season thus far with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL, recording five goals, 23 assists and 28 points in 42 games. He ranks fourth among all ECHL defensemen in points. The second-year pro also ranks fourth among all K-Wings players in points and is tied for the team lead in assists. In 84 career ECHL games between Kalamazoo and the Florida Everblades, McGinnis has seven goals and 33 assists for 40 points.

Last season, McGinnis also appeared in 27 American Hockey League games with the Albany River Rats, recording five assists. He appeared in 287 games over a five-year junior hockey career between the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers and Oshawa Generals, recording 17 goals and 97 assists for 114 points. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 2005 in the sixth round (184th overall).

The Admirals will conclude their seven-game road trip this afternoon against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The puck drops at 3:00 p.m. All games are broadcast on STAR 1310-AM, star1310.com and ahllive.com.

The Admirals will return to Norfolk Scope Arena to kick off a six-game homestand on Wednesday against the Hershey Bears. That game will be another Family Fun Pack Night and Student Rush Night. Family Fun Packs include four discounted Red Level Tickets for just $48 plus four free hot dogs, four free popcorns and four free sodas. Fans get all of that for just $48 – that’s a savings of $37!

Student Rush Nights, brought to you by Pit Bull Energy Drink and Baxter’s Sports Lounge, provide $8 White Level Tickets (normally $12) for high school and college students with a valid current high school or college ID. In addition, when you buy a Student Rush Night Ticket, you get a buy-one, get-one free offer for the next Student Rush Night. On top of that, you get discounted food at Baxter’s Sports Lounge (located right across the street from Scope) on the day of the game.

Admirals Family Fun Packs are available at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Student Rush Night Tickets are available ONLY at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game.

For a complete schedule and details of the promotions, please visit norfolkadmirals.com or call (757) 640-1212.

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 1-800-745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster online at ticketmaster.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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