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October 29, 2010

Lightning Assign Defenseman Mike Vernace to Admirals


TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have assigned defenseman Mike Vernace (pronounced "vuhr-NAYS") to the Admirals, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Vernace, 6-foot, 216 pounds, has played in seven of the Lightning’s nine games this season, averaging 9:06 in ice time per game. He made his debut with Tampa Bay on October 9 against Atlanta and played a season-high 16:33 in ice time October 16 at Florida. Vernace has played in 19 career NHL games with the Lightning and Colorado Avalanche.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Vernace has skated in 236 career AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, Chicago Wolves, Lake Erie Monsters and Albany River Rats. He has amassed nine career goals and 71 career points.

Vernace was signed by the Lightning as a free agent on July 29, 2010. He was originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the seventh round, 201st overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

The Admirals return to Scope tonight and tomorrow to battle the Portland Pirates. The puck drops tonight at 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow at 7:15 p.m.

On Friday, fans will receive 2010-11 Admirals magnetic schedules, courtesy of ITAC.

Individual tickets for all regular season games start at just $12. Tickets are available now at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.

Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2010-11 season tickets today. Season tickets start at just $350 while 10-Packs are available for as little as $110. 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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