We Have a Special Group
Posted By: Aaron Sims
It’s been a busy week for the Milwaukee Admirals off the ice.
Tuesday, the team participated in a team-only golf tournament before dinner with the rest of the front office.
Owner Harris Turer told the players Tuesday night that they will be asked to do a lot in the community. Fortunately for the people of Milwaukee, the team is answering the call.
The number of player visits to schools and hospitals don’t get the media coverage. The appearances at youth hockey practices don’t get the front page of the newspaper. The players make them willingly.
I’ve seen a lot of neat things in my time with the team. Our players, hockey players, are always willing to do something.
Last year, a longtime fan of the Admirals who was in his last days came to watch a morning skate with his family. He was in a wheelchair and couldn’t move or speak very well. One-by-one the players came off the ice and spent a few moments with him. Admirals head coach Lane Lambert was tear-jerkingly good with a pep talk he gave the man.
While in Houston over Thanksgiving last year, there was a homeless man wrapped in a jacket and a shredded blanket near a bus stop by the hotel. Before the team boarded a bus for practice, Triston Grant walked across the street to Macy’s. He came back with a brand new blanket for the man.
A few years ago, then head-coach Claude Noel urged the players to adopt a couple needy families in the area to give them a great Christmas.
The vast majority of players with the Admirals are not even from the United States, let alone Milwaukee. Still they treat this city as their own.
I’m proud to be associated with such an organization. I hope you all appreciate the players on and off the ice.
Tomorrow night at the Bradley Center, there will be two former Wolves on the Admirals roster (Grant Lewis and Scott Lehman) and four former Admirals on Chicago’s roster (Darren Haydar
, Ian McKenzie, Mark Matheson and Drew MacIntyre).