Admirals Training Camp & Preseason Games to Take Place in St. John's
NORFOLK, Va. Ė The Norfolk Admirals in conjunction with the St. John's IceCaps announced today that the teams' training camps and three preseason contests will be held in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
"We are looking forward to training camp next month," said Admirals General Manager Julien BriseBois. "Having our camp in St. John's will allow for greater team bonding opportunities. The three preseason games will allow our players to become accustomed to our systems before the regular season begins and will also help us to decide who begins the season in Norfolk and who will start with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. We hope this formula will act as a catalyst for team chemistry and help us get off to a good start."
The Admirals will open training camp in St. John's on Tuesday, September 27. After two days of practice, they will play three preseason games against the IceCaps. The first contest will be held on Thursday, September 29 in Grand Falls-Windsor. The second contest will be held on Friday, September 30 in Gander. The Admirals will return to St. John's for practice on Saturday, October 1 before the final preseason game is held on Sunday, October 2 at the Mile One Centre, home of the IceCaps. The Admirals will then travel to Norfolk to prepare for the 2011-12 regular season opener to take place on Friday, October 7, against the Charlotte Checkers at Norfolk Scope Arena.
The St. Johnís IceCaps hockey club is the newest team in the American Hockey League. It brings pro hockey back to St. Johnís after a six-year hiatus. St. Johnís is the farm team of the NHLís Winnipeg Jets.
Prior to the IceCaps, the St. John's Maple Leafs were members of the AHL from the 1991-92 to 2004-05 seasons. The Admirals, who joined the AHL in the 2000-01 season, have never played in Newfoundland.
Donít miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your 2011-12 season tickets or 10-packs today. Stop by the Admiralsí Administrative Offices at Scope, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com anytime!