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December 21, 2011

Admirals Spread Holiday Cheer with visits to Wounded Warriors and Children

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This holiday season, the Admirals have been busy visiting wounded Marine warriors at the Medical Naval Center Portsmouth and disabled children at St. Mary's Home.

On December 1st, J.T. Wyman, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Tyler Johnson, Cory Conacher, Jeff Dimmen and Mark Barberio spent a few hours at the Medical Naval Center Portsmouth with the Navy Wives Club of America Portsmouth #221. The players met a handful of Marines in a casual setting where they discussed various aspects of their experiences.

"We met a lot of guys and got to talk to them about where they have served, what they did while serving, and what they do now," Wyman stated. "It was an inspiring, eye-opening experience to hear from those who have been on the front lines and have battled injuries."

In addition, the six players were given a tour of the Wounded Warriors Patriots' Inn, a part of the hospital set up like a hotel. During the tour, the Admirals met several more wounded warriors.

"We were able to interact with them and thank them for what they have done for our country," said Dimmen. "We were just as interested about what they have done as they were interested in what we do."

Tyler Johnson commented on the visit, saying, "It was really cool to meet true heroes and see how open they are with the experiences they have had. I wish them all the best of luck."

Click here for more photosOn December 15th, Richard Petiot, Kevin Quick, Cory Conacher, Mark Barberio, Mike Angelidis, Jean-Philippe Cote, Eric Neilson, Tyler Johnson and Salty visited the St. Mary's Home for Disabled Children.

St. Mary's Home is Virginia's largest long-term pediatric residential care facility dedicated exclusively to children with severe physical and intellectual disabilities. The staff at St. Mary's provides medical, therapeutic, educational and recreational services to children ages newborn to 21 years old.

During their visit, the Admirals played an adapted game of soccer, each player pairing up with a child.

"It was a great opportunity to be able to spend an hour putting a smile on these kids' faces," Richard Petiot remarked.

Afterwards the players signed autographs for the children and took pictures, leaving them to watch Mighty Ducks while they received a tour of the facility. The Admirals were able to see classrooms and how the home operates.

After the visit, J.P. Cote remarked, "It really puts into perspective how small the problems are in our lives. It meant the world to me to be able to contribute to the kids' happiness."

As you celebrate the holidays with your loved ones, the Admirals encourage you to consider how you can help to brighten the days of those in need. On behalf of the players and staff of the Norfolk Admirals, Happy Holidays! We'll see you at Scope next week!

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