First Impressions of the New-Look Admirals - Part 1
It seems like just days ago that the historic 2011-12 season came to an end with the Admirals raising the Calder Cup in Toronto. In the short time since that day, the Admirals have undergone some major changes. We are excited to partner with the Anaheim Ducks to continue the tradition of Admirals excellence on and off the ice.
With the new affiliation will come new players as training camp begins late this week. Over the next several days, we'll introduce you to our new Admirals a few players at a time. So without further adieu, we introduce you to the first set of your 2012-13 Norfolk Admirals! (Read Part 2 | Read Part 3 | Read Part 4)
Troy Bodie was drafted in the 9th Round (278th overall), of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. He has played in 254 career AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, Springfield Falcons, Iowa Chops, San Antonio Rampage, Toronto Marlies and Syracuse Crunch, where he has combined for 37 goals and 71 points with 417 penalty minutes. Bodie has also played in 107 NHL games between the Anaheim Ducks and Carolina Hurricanes, where he has netted six goals and 11 points with 141 penalty minutes. Bodie was a member of the WHL's Kelowna Rockets from 2002-06 where he participated in the Memorial Cup tournament in 2003, 2004 and 2005, winning the prestigious Memorial Cup in 2004. Bodie was signed to an AHL Standard Player's Contract with the Admirals on September 21st.
Josh Brittain was chosen by the Anaheim Ducks in the 3rd round (71st overall), of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He has played in 51 career AHL games, all with the Syracuse Crunch, recording two goals and seven points with 85 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 47 career ECHL games with the Elmira Jackals, registering eight goals and 16 points with 96 penalty minutes. As a teenager, Brittain won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2008 Under-18 IIHF World Junior Championships. Outside of hockey, Brittain plays the bass guitar and also won five championships in eight years of racing go-karts. Brittain was assigned to the Admirals by the Anaheim Ducks on September 14th.
Luca Caputi was selected in the 4th Round (111th overall pick) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has played in 193 AHL games between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Toronto Marlies and Syracuse Crunch, scoring 54 goals and 122 points with 165 penalty minutes. Caputi has also played in 35 NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Pittsburgh Penguins, recording three goals and nine points with 20 PIM. Caputi was originally acquired by Anaheim in a trade with the Maple Leafs on January 3, 2012, in exchange for winger Nicolas Deschamps. He was qualified as a restricted free agent by the Ducks last June. Caputi signed an AHL Standard Player's Contract with the Admirals on September 21st.
The Anaheim Ducks drafted Mat Clark in the 2nd round (37th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Clark has played in 142 AHL games between the Manitoba Moose and Syracuse Crunch, posting three goals and 28 points with 200 penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut last season, appearing in two games with the Ducks in April. Clark isn't the only athlete in his family, as he has one grandmother who was a professional figure skater, another grandmother who was a professional golfer, and a sister who attended the University of South Alabama on a soccer scholarship. Plus, his uncle Ab DeMarco played 344 games in the NHL between 1969 and 1979. The Ducks assigned Clark to the Admirals on September 14th.
Corey Elkins signed as a free agent with the Ducks on July 9th. Last season, he appeared in 26 games with HC Pardubice in the Czech Republic, netting six goals and 13 points. Prior to playing in Europe, Elkins played 149 AHL games with the Manchester Monarchs, netting 39 goals and 87 points with 53 penalty minutes. He also played in three NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings, scoring one goal. Elkins was undrafted out of The Ohio State University where he played four seasons, posting 27 goals and 60 points in 102 games with the Buckeyes. He was assigned to the Admirals by Anaheim on September 14th.
The Anaheim Ducks drafted Emerson Etem in the 1st Round (29th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Following the conclusion of his junior career last season, Etem joined the Syracuse Crunch, where he posted one goal in two regular season games and two goals in four Calder Cup Playoff games. Last season with the WHL's Medicine Hat Tigers, Etem led the Canadian Hockey League (WHL, OHL and QMJHL) in goals (61), becoming the first player in over 10 years to score 60 or more goals in a WHL season. Emerson is not the only athlete in his family, as his mother, Patricia, rowed at the 1984 Olympics and four World Championships, his father, Rick, rowed for the Naval Academy in college and his older brother, Martin, rowed for the U.S. Under-23 national team. Etem was assigned to the Admirals by Anaheim on September 14th.