NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals have named Chris Durno as team captain for the 2010-11 season, Admirals Head Coach Jon Cooper announced today.
In addition, Mitch Fritz and Mathieu Roy ("mah-TYOO WAH") have been named alternate captains for home games while Mike Angelidis ("an-jehl-EED-his") and Scott Jackson have been named alternate captains for road games.
"Chris Durno is a natural leader for the Admirals," said Cooper upon making the announcement. "He has earned his way through the professional ranks from the ECHL to the NHL. He has played over 550 professional games – including more than 50 playoff games. His experience has been and will continue to be invaluable to this team as we look to develop the future of the Tampa Bay Lightning and bring a winning tradition back to Norfolk."
Durno, 6-foot-4, 223-pounds, has appeared in 27 games with the Admirals this season. He has eight goals and 16 points with a plus-13 rating. He ranks eighth in points, is tied for fifth in goals and is second in plus/minus on the team.
Durno, a 30-year-old native of Scarborough, Ontario, served as Lake Erie Monsters team captain last season. In 320 career American Hockey League games with the Norfolk Admirals, Milwaukee Admirals, Portland Pirates, San Antonio Rampage and Lake Erie Monsters, he has amassed 97 goals and 191 points. In 32 career Calder Cup Playoff games, Durno has posted three goals and nine points. He was a member of the 2005-06 Milwaukee team that advanced to the Calder Cup Final.
Durno played in 41 games with the Colorado Avalanche last season, recording four goals and eight points with a plus-3 rating. He set NHL career highs for games played, goals, assists, points and shots on goal. Durno also appeared in one Stanley Cup Playoff Game with the Avalanche. He has played in 43 career NHL games.
Durno has also played in 147 career ECHL games with the Gwinnett Gladiators, registering 52 goals and 124 points. Before joining the professional ranks, Durno played his college career at Michigan Tech where he played in 130 games, recording 22 goals and 48 points.
An undrafted free agent, Durno was originally signed as a free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks on September 25, 2006. He began the 2006-07 season in Norfolk, recording four goals and five points in 22 games during his first stint with the Admirals. He was then traded to Anaheim by the Blackhawks with Sebastien Caron and Matt Keith in exchange for Pierre Parenteau and Bruno St. Jacques on December 28, 2006. Durno was then sent to Nashville by Anaheim in exchange for Shane Endicott on January 26, 2007. He was then signed by Colorado on July 3, 2008.
The Admirals are in action at Scope tonight and tomorrow to battle the Albany Devils. The Admirals' Annual Toy Toss will take place tomorrow night. Admirals fans are asked to bring new stuffed toys to the game to throw onto the ice after the Admirals score their first goal. The Toy Toss is an official U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots event and a Norfolk Holidays In The City Event.
Also on Saturday, Admirals fans will receive the first set of Admirals trading cards and can participate in a post-game skate with the team following the game. A limited number of skates will be available or fans may bring their own skates.
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!