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January 27, 2013

Anaheim Reassigns Holland & Hendry to Admirals, Recalls Etem & Vatanen from Admirals


ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have reassigned forward Peter Holland and defenseman Jordan Hendry to the Admirals and have recalled forward Emerson Etem and defenseman Sami Vatanen from the Admirals. Etem will not participate in the 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic.

Holland, 6-foot-2, 192 pounds, appeared in one game with Anaheim. In the Ducks' home opener last Friday night, Holland logged 7:57 of ice time. In five career NHL games with the Ducks, Holland has one goal and two penalty minutes.

Holland has appeared in 34 games with the Admirals this season, registering 12 goals and 31 points with 58 penalty minutes. Holland remains the Norfolk leader in points, is tied for the team lead in assists and is tied for second on the team in goals. In 108 career American Hockey League games between the Admirals and Syracuse Crunch, Holland has 38 goals and 97 points.

The 21-year-old native of Toronto, Ontario, was selected by Anaheim in the first round (15th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. In 256 career junior games with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League, Holland netted 103 goals and 257 points.

Hendry, 6-foot-0, 197 pounds, appeared in one game with the Ducks – Anaheim's season opener at Vancouver on January 19, recording 18:24 of ice time. In 130 career NHL games between the Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks, Hendry has four goals and 13 points with 40 penalty minutes. He has also skated in 15 career Stanley Cup Playoff games and won the 2010 Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks.

Hendry has appeared in 29 games for the Admirals this season, netting two goals and four points with 31 penalty minutes and a +1 plus/minus rating. He has appeared in 230 career AHL games between the Admirals, Rockford IceHogs and Houston Aeros, netting 13 goals and 43 points with 241 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in nine career Calder Cup Playoff games, posting two assists and 12 penalty minutes.

The 27-year-old native of Lanigan, Saskatchewan, was signed by Anaheim as a free agent on July 1, 2012. In 110 career collegiate games with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Hendry posted 11 goals and 36 points. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Blackhawks on July 17, 2006.

Etem, 6-foot-0, 202 pounds, has appeared in 40 games for the Admirals in his first full professional season, posting 12 goals and 14 points. Etem is tied for second in goals and ranks fifth in scoring with the Admirals this season. He has appeared in 40 career AHL games between the Admirals and Syracuse Crunch, scoring 13 goals and 15 points. Etem also skated in four Calder Cup Playoff games with Syracuse last season, netting two goals.

The 20-year-old native of Long Beach, California, is looking to make his NHL debut. He was selected by Anaheim in the first round (29th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to turning pro, Etem recorded 143 goals and 252 points in 202 career junior games with the Western Hockey League's Medicine Hat Tigers. Last season, Etem led all Canadian Hockey League players (QMJHL, OHL and WHL) with 61 goals in 65 games.

Vatanen, 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, has appeared in 34 games for Norfolk in 2012-13, scoring four goals and 23 points with 30 penalty minutes. He leads all club defensemen in goals, assists and points, and leads all club rookies in assists and points. Vatanen is skating in his first North American professional season after three years playing in the Finnish Elite League (SM-liiga).

The 21-year-old native of Jyväskylä, Finland, is looking to make his NHL debut. Vatanen was selected by Anaheim in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Vatanen was named the SM-liiga defenseman of the year and was named to the league’s postseason All-Star team in both 2010-11 and 2011-12. In 156 career games with JyP Jyväskylä in the SM-liiga, Vatanen posted 32 goals and 103 points with 144 penalty minutes.

The puck drops on the 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic tonight with the 2013 Pepsi AHL All-Star Skills Competition at 7:00 p.m. The 2013 AHL All-Star Game is tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. Both events will air live in Hampton Roads on CSN Plus (DirecTV Channel 643 or Dish Network Channel 9579). You may also watch online at ahllive.com.

Following the All-Star Break, the Admirals visit the Adirondack Phantoms on Friday at 7:00 p.m. before squaring off against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. All games can be heard on 102.1-FM, 1490-AM or 1021TheGame.com. You may also watch at AHLLive.com.

The next home action for the Admirals takes place on February 8th and 9th against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The second Military Appreciation Night, presented by USAA, takes place on Friday, February 8th. Red Level Tickets (normally $19 on game nights) will be available for just $11 at the Norfolk Scope Box Office for all active or retired military, their dependents and reservists with valid military identification. Groups of 15 or more can purchase their Red Level Tickets for just $9 by contacting the Admirals Group Sales Office via phone at (757) 640-1212 ext. 23.

Due to inclement weather and the resulting traffic conditions, the Admirals announced that any unused tickets for the Friday, January 25th contest against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers will be honored for any remaining 2012-13 regular season game played at Norfolk Scope Arena (based upon ticket availability). These unused tickets may only be redeemed at the Norfolk Scope Box Office.

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


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