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January 24, 2012

Aaron Downey and Chris Phelps To Be Inducted into the Admirals Hall of Fame


NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals announced today that forward Aaron Downey and defenseman Chris Phelps will be the 11th and 12th members inducted into the Admirals Hall of Fame. The announcement was made today on the Michael and Son Admirals Hour Radio Show on 102.1-FM and 1490-AM The Game. Their inductions will take place in a pre-game ceremony on Friday, February 17th, prior to the Admirals facing off against the Syracuse Crunch.

Not long after he joined the team, Aaron Downey made an immediate impact on Hampton Roads Admirals hockey. The rookie amassed an Admirals-record 354 penalty minutes during the 1995-96 season. He followed that up in 1996-97 with 338 penalty minutes. Downey is one of only three Admirals all-time to have over 300 penalty minutes in a single season and is the only player to have done it more than once. In two seasons with the ECHL Admirals, Downey skated in 129 games, recording 20 goals and 39 points with 692 penalty minutes.

After spending three seasons in the Boston Bruins organization, Downey signed with the Chicago Blackhawks and joined their American Hockey League affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, in 2000-01 during Norfolk's inaugural season in the AHL. Downey was named the first captain in AHL Admirals history and is one of only five players to have ever played for both the ECHL and AHL Admirals. In his final two seasons in Hampton Roads, Downey played 79 games, scoring six goals and 23 points with 255 penalty minutes. He also picked up four penalty minutes in nine Calder Cup Playoff Games in 2001.

When his time in Norfolk was up, Downey began an extended stay in the NHL, spending time with the Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings. On June 4, 2008, Downey won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Detroit Red Wings.

A native of Shelburne, Ontario, Downey retired following the 2009-10 season after racking up 494 penalty minutes, to go along with eight goals and 18 points in 243 NHL games. In 362 career AHL games, Downey recorded 29 goals and 79 points with 1459 penalty minutes between Portland, Providence, Norfolk and Grand Rapids.

Defenseman Chris Phelps signed as a free agent and made his professional debut with the Admirals during the 1994-95 season. The Lapeer, Michigan native spent parts of five seasons with Hampton Roads, leading the team in scoring by a defenseman in 1996-97 and 1997-98, and was a key member of the 1997-98 Kelly Cup Championship team. Phelps is the only three-time all-star in Admirals history, as he skated in the ECHL All-Star Game in 1995, 1997 and 1998.

In 1997-98, Phelps recorded career highs with 66 games played and 39 assists. On May 20, 1998, Phelps notched a game-high three assists as the Admirals defeated the Pensacola Ice Pilots, 4-1, and clinched their third championship. Phelps finished the playoffs that year with ten assists in 20 games.

In 281 career ECHL games – all with the Admirals – Phelps compiled 30 goals and 191 points with 497 penalty minutes. He is the leading scorer among defensemen in ECHL Admirals history. He also recorded four assists and 14 penalty minutes in 22 career AHL games between Cornwall, Portland and Baltimore.

Downey and Phelps are the 11th and 12th members of the Admirals Hall of Fame. The Admirals Hall of Fame was established during the 2007-08 season with charter members Blake Cullen, John Brophy, Al MacIsaac and Rod Taylor. Over the last three seasons, Mark Bernard, Victor Gervais, Rick Kowalsky, Dennis McEwen, Ajay Baines and Steve Poapst have also been added to the elite group.

The Admirals return to Scope tonight as they drop the puck on a three-game homestand, beginning with a matchup against the Charlotte Checkers in the fifth game of the GEICO Challenge Cup. The puck drops at 7:15 p.m. on another Admirals Value Night.

Family Fun Packs include four discounted Red Level Tickets for just $48 plus four free hot dogs, four free popcorns and four free sodas. Fans get all of that for just $48 – that’s a savings of $37!

Student Rush Nights provide $8 White Level Tickets (normally $12) for students with a valid current high school or college ID. In addition, when you buy a Student Rush Night Ticket, you get a buy-one, get-one free offer for the next Student Rush Night.

Family Fun Packs are available at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Student Rush Night Tickets are available ONLY at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game.

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 2011-12 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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