Norfolk, Va - Norfolk Admirals Professional Hockey Club announced the latest transactions on Wednesday night, highlighted by the Milwaukee Admirals assigning defensemen Luke Prokop and Xavier Bouchard to Norfolk.
Prokop, 20, joins the Admirals for his first season as a professional. The Edmonton, AB native recently completed his Western Hockey League career with the Edmonton Oil Kings, where he posted 33 points in 55 games (10g, 23a). Those 33 points were the second highest on the team trailing Simon Kubicek with 41.
The 6-6, 220-pound defenseman is currently under contract with the Nashville Predators and attended Milwaukee’s training camp this season.
Bouchard, 22, played last season with the Florida Everblades, where he secured a Kelly Cup championship in his rookie season. The Quebec native led the Everblades with a +31 rating and posted 21 points in 59 games. He scored the game-winning goal in the conference finals against Newfoundland to send Florida to the Kelly Cup Finals.
He began his major junior career in 2016-17 in the QMJHL with Baie-Comeau Drakkar. From 2017 to 2020, Bouchard was club's assistant captain. In 2018-19, he registered 46 points in 60 games and was a +39.
The Admirals released Jason Tackett and Chris Jones from their professional tryout contracts. Reid Perepeluk, Jeremy Brodeur, Shane Kuzmeski, and Ryan Valentini were released from the standard player contracts. Kenny Hausinger and Carter Robertson were placed on the injured reserve.