Four Admirals Alive for Lord Stanley's Cup
May 18, 2011
Milwaukee, WI—With just four teams left in the NHL competing for the Stanley Cup, one former Admiral will have his name engraved on hockey’s most hallowed trophy as each squad features a player whose career took them through the Brew City.
In the Western Conference, top seeded Vancouver and Dan Hamhuis square off against Scott Nichol and the San Jose Sharks, while in the East Rich Peverley and the Boston Bruins battle Adam Hall and the Tampa Bay Lightning with a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals on the line.
Peverley is the most-seasoned former Admiral in the conference finals, having played in 176 games over three seasons from 2005-2008. The Guelph, ON native helped Milwaukee to the Calder Cup Finals in his rookie campaign and led the team in scoring during the 2006-07 season, averaging more than a point per game with 68 points in 66 contests. Peverley was traded from the Atlanta Thrashers to the Bruins this season and totaled seven points on four goals and three assists with Boston in 23 regular season contests to go with seven points (1g-6a) in 13 playoff contests.
In his first season with the Canucks, Hamhuis has skated in all 14 playoff contests, tallying a pair of assists in the process, after posting 23 points (6g-17a) in 64 games during the regular season. The blueliner also has suited up for 14 games and tallied two assists in the playoff campaign so far. The Smithers, BC native spent two seasons with the 2002-03 and 2004-05 seasons with the Admirals, part of eight years he was a member of the Nashville organization. In those two years he totaled 78 points on 19 goals and 59 assists in 144 contests and finished second on the team in scoring in 04-05 with 51 points.
Nichol had a brief, yet productive tenure in Milwaukee, posting eight points (3g-5a) in six contests during the 2005-06 season. The Edmonton, AB native is in his second year with the Sharks. He finished the regular season with seven points (4g-3a) in 56 games and has played in all 14 contests during their playoff run.
Hall played in all 82 games for the Lightning this season, tallying seven goals and 11 assists and he has five points (1g-4a) in 13 post-season contests for Tampa. The Kalamazoo, MI native played seven games in Milwaukee over two seasons, notching four points in six games for the Ads in the 2001-02 season.
One of these former players will become the 12th former Admiral to capture Lord Stanley’s Cup. The last to do it was Mark Eaton, who was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins when they won it all in 2009.