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July 20, 2010

AHL Admirals Tenth Anniversary Team - Goaltenders


The Admirals have now completed ten seasons in the American Hockey League. This summer, you will help to determine who deserves to be named to the AHL Admirals Tenth Anniversary Teams.

Every week from now to the end of July, you will have the opportunity to vote on the best players by position in AHL Admirals history. Results will not be revealed until all voting is complete. For more details on how candidates are selected, how you can submit a write-in vote, and more, please see the end of this page.

To vote, please visit norfolkadmirals.com and vote on the poll at the bottom-right corner of the home page. You may only vote once.

Below are goaltender candidates for the AHL Admirals Tenth Anniversary Team.

Craig Anderson:
Craig Anderson/Photo by Yvonne PaxsonOne look at Craig Anderson’s career numbers with the Admirals and you have to wonder how he’s not the top goaltender in AHL Admirals history. In 112 games, Anderson went 50-48-9-1 with 11 shutouts, a 2.23 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. Anderson’s 1.83 goals-against average in 15 games in 2004-05 is the best single-season GAA in AHL Admirals history. Were it not for his battery mate Michael Leighton, Anderson likely would have been the top goaltender in AHL Admirals history. As Anderson and Leighton split time between the pipes from 2001-02 to 2004-05, the Admirals were one of the top defensive teams in the AHL. Since last playing in Norfolk in 2004-05, Anderson has played for several AHL and NHL teams – most recently piloting the Colorado Avalanche to an improbable Stanley Cup playoff berth.

Corey Crawford:
Corey Crawford/Photo by Allison VeinoteCorey Crawford enjoyed two productive seasons with the Admirals from 2005-06 to 2006-07. In 108 games, Crawford posted a 60-43-3 record with two shutouts, a 2.88 goals-against average and .904 save percentage. He ranks third in games played and second in wins in AHL Admirals history. Crawford’s most productive season came in 2006-07 when he went 38-20-2 with a 2.84 goals-against average and .909 save percentage, establishing single-season records for games played and wins. That season, Crawford was second in the AHL in wins and games played. Since last playing for Norfolk in 2006-07, Crawford has primarily played for the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL with a few games played for the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks.

Michael Leighton:
Michael Leighton/Photo by Yvonne PaxsonLook at the top of any major goaltending statistic in AHL Admirals history and Michael Leighton’s name will appear. In 147 games, Leighton went 75-52-14-3 with 18 shutouts, a 2.16 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. Leighton ranks first in each of those categories for an AHL Admirals career. He led the Admirals in games played, wins, shutouts, goals-against average and save percentage in three of the four seasons he spent in Norfolk. Since last playing with the Admirals in 2004-05, Leighton has played for several AHL and NHL teams – most recently guiding the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Adam Munro:
Adam Munro/Photo by Allison VeinoteAdam Munro bridged the gap between the Leighton-Anderson era to the Crawford era, playing parts of three seasons in Norfolk from 2003-04 to 2005-06. In 70 games, Munro posted a 36-22-1-3 record with five shutouts, a 2.54 goals-against average and .906 save percentage. Munro ranks fourth in games played, fifth in goals-against average, fourth in wins and third in shutouts in AHL Admirals history. Since last playing for the Admirals in 2005-06, Munro has split time between the American Hockey League and Europe – including 14 games with the Toronto Marlies and four games in Russia last season.

Dustin Tokarski:
Dustin Tokarski/Photo by John WrightIt took Dustin Tokarski only one season to establish himself in the AHL Admirals all-time goaltending record books. In order to be ranked on the Admirals all-time goals-against average and save percentage lists, a goaltender must have played a minimum of 30 games with the Admirals. Tokarski, who played in 55 games last season in his professional debut, posted a 2.51 goals-against average and .915 save percentage to go along with a 27-25-3 record and four shutouts. That season places Tokarski fourth in career goals-against average and second in career shutouts in AHL Admirals history. He also ranks fifth in games played and wins and tied for fourth in shutouts.


The candidates for each position of the AHL Admirals Tenth Anniversary Team were chosen based on (1) having played at least 80 regular season games with the AHL Admirals and (2) being the top eight point scorers in their position. Goaltenders were selected in order of career wins with the top five candidates chosen. They are then presented in alphabetical order. Fans wishing to submit votes for candidates not listed on the poll may do so by emailing keith@norfolkadmirals.com with the subject line "AHL Admirals Tenth Anniversary Team" and the name and position of their write in candidate in the body. You may only submit one write-in candidate per position.

The player with the most votes in each position will be named an AHL Admirals Tenth Anniversary First All-Star. The player with the second-most votes in his position will be named an AHL Admirals Tenth Anniversary Second All-Star. The only exception will be on defense, where the top two vote-getters will be named to the first team and the next two will be named to the second team.

Results will be announced on Wednesday, July 28.





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