I hope everyone is enjoying the Milwaukee Admirals 35th Anniversary festivities.
Visiting and, in some cases, meeting the people we’ve interviewed has been one of the most enjoyable professional experiences I’ve had. Listening to the stories these guys have told has just been great. Charlie Larson and his staff have done a wonderful job splicing photos and videos into the lengthy interviews found here.
My first game with the Milwaukee Admirals was Oct. 28, 2005. The Admirals defeated the Houston Aeros for their first win of the season (1-3-0-1). It was Pekka Rinne’s first North American win. Defenseman Rick Berry, who had just been acquired from San Antonio, scored a shorthanded goal to start the scoring. As I looked at the box score, I didn’t remember there were a combined 19 power play chances.
Current Abbotsford coach Troy Ward was the color commentator. He introduced me to Jerred Smithson, the first player I met from the team.
I’ll be sharing some of my memories here, some inside info, as the season rolls on.
A trivia question for you: according to www.hockeydb.com, which Admirals player played the most games for the AHL Admirals without scoring a goal? This does not include goalies. Answer will appear later in this blog.
Do you realize we’re almost one-third of the way done with the 2012-2013 AHL season? It’s flown, huh? You may not have realized that because the Milwaukee Admirals aren’t even one-sixth of the way done with the home schedule.
Some name-dropping for you: according to the pass-list, Admirals forward Mark Van Guilder left tickets in Charlotte for Carolina Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Both are Notre Dame graduates.
Chris Mueller is now in second place all-time in goals for the AHL Admirals with 79. Darren Haydar is tops with 110. Mueller’s next goal will tie him with Dave Mackey for 18th place on the overall list (IHL and AHL). Mueller’s power play goal Tuesday moved him past Greg Classen on Milwaukee’s AHL points list into sixth place with 152.
Former Admirals forward Kelsey Wilson is headed to England to play for Nottingham. Admirals In-Game Host Ryan Miller already made a Robin Hood joke. Speaking of Robin Hood jokes.
The answer to the trivia question: T.J. Reynolds. Reynolds has spent the past three seasons with ECHL Greenville.
Finally, if you’re like many hockey fans, you’re very frustrated by the NHL lockout. Now you can relive all the fun of the lockout with movie clips and music.