TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have reassigned defenseman Mike Vernace (vuhr-NAYS) to the Admirals today, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Vernace, 6-foot, 216 pounds, was most recently recalled on February 15 and played in two games with the Lightning. During that time he recorded his first NHL point with an assist in 10:44 of ice time against Philadelphia on the same day as his recall. Vernace has played in 10 games with Tampa Bay this season, averaging 8:42 in ice time and recording an assist. He has played in 22 career NHL games with the Lightning and Colorado Avalanche.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Vernace has skated in 45 games with the Admirals this season, recording six goals and 20 points. He leads all team defensemen in points and ranks second for goals and power-play goals. In 281 career American Hockey League games between Norfolk, Hamilton, Lake Erie and Albany, Vernace has scored 15 goals and 91 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 will battle the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins tonight and tomorrow nights at Scope. Tonight is Hall of Fame Induction Night, as Ajay Baines and Steve Poapst will be inducted into the Admirals Hall of Fame in a pre-game ceremony. Saturday marks the return of the Alumni Game at 4:00 p.m. Saturday is also American Cancer Society Relay for Life Night with $10 ticket available for a limited time by contacting your Relay for Life team leader or by calling the American Cancer Society at (757) 493-7940.
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.
Take advantage of great savings on Admirals tickets with our 10-Packs and group tickets. 10-Packs are available for as little as $110 and allow you to pick the games you want. Group tickets start at $10 for groups of 25 or more people. 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 for more details or to purchase your tickets!