Admirals Sign Rod Pelley to PTO; Assign Gabe Guentzel to ECHL Fort Wayne
NORFOLK – The Norfolk Admirals have signed forward Rod Pelley to a Professional Tryout Contract and have loaned defenseman Gabe Guentzel to the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets, Admirals Assistant General Manager Bob Ferguson announced today.
Pelley, 5-foot-11, 200-pounds, is a veteran of 407 career professional games. In 256 career NHL games between the Anaheim Ducks and New Jersey Devils, Pelley has scored nine goals and 29 points with 102 penalty minutes. Last season, Pelley was acquired by Anaheim along with Mark Fraser and a seventh-round draft pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft from New Jersey in exchange for Kurtis Foster and Timo Pielmeier. In 52 games between the Ducks and Devils in 2011-12, he posted two goals and three points with 16 penalty minutes.
A 28-year-old native of Kitimat, British Columbia, Pelley established a career high by appearing in 74 games in 2010-11 with New Jersey, including his 200th career NHL contest on Mar. 30, 2011 vs. the New York Islanders. He scored three goals and 10 points in 2010-11, matching a career high in points and establishing a season best in goals.
Pelley last played in the American Hockey League in 2008-09 with the Lowell Devils. In 151 career AHL games over three seasons with Lowell, Pelley accumulated 34 goals and 70 points with 131 penalty minutes.
New Jersey signed Pelley as a free agent on July 17, 2006. He played collegiate hockey at Ohio State University from 2002-06, posting 47 goals and 88 points with 160 penalty minutes in 165 career games.
Guentzel, 6-foot-0, 185-pounds, has appeared in six games with the Admirals this season, recording one assist and six penalty minutes. Norfolk signed Guentzel to an AHL Standard Player’s Contract on September 21, 2012. Last season, Guentzel appeared in 12 regular season games with the Syracuse Crunch before recording an assist in four Calder Cup Playoff games with Syracuse. He joined the Crunch after completing his collegiate career at Colorado College, where he scored 16 goals and 94 points in 156 career games. Guentzel made his ECHL debut last night with the Komets, posting one goal and one assist in a 4-3 win over the Kalamazoo Wings.
Next up for Norfolk is a road contest tonight at 7:00 p.m. against the Adirondack Phantoms. Tune in at 7:00 p.m. to 102.1-FM, 1490-AM, 1021TheGame.com or AHLLive.com.
The Admirals return to Scope next Wednesday in the first meeting of the season with the Hershey Bears. The puck drops at 7:15 p.m. in the second Admirals Value Night of the season, with Family Fun Packs and Student Rush Night tickets available.
Family Fun Packs include four discounted Red Level Tickets plus four free hot dogs, four free popcorns and four free sodas. Fans get all of that for just $54 – that’s a savings of $37!
Student Rush Nights provide $9 White Level Tickets (normally $17 on game nights) 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.
Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your season tickets today. 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.