Palin, Johnson, Ford Lead Admirals Ship

Every successful American Hockey League franchise shares one common denominator—strong team leadership.

This is required to keep each team’s unique blend of highly touted prospects, free agent sleepers and savvy veterans all on the same page and working toward the same goals.

For Milwaukee guidance for the younger players comes in the form of three veteran defensemen—captain Brett Palin and assistants Scott Ford and Aaron Johnson, who are carry the letters for the Admirals.

“I think the three of us, Brett, Aaron and myself, are all different character guys, have different characteristics and different personalities,” Ford said. “But I think we blend well together. We’ve been able to keep the guys having fun, while working hard and getting better at the same time.”

Palin was an interesting choice as Milwaukee’s captain. Despite a pedigree that included an impressive AHL career and a leadership role with his prior club, the Abbotsford Heat, the Nanaimo, British Columbia native was new addition to the Admirals for the 2010-2011 season.

That fact hardly bothered Palin’s new coach Lane Lambert when the decision was being made to choose the player to provide direction for the Admirals on the ice.

“It was a very difficult decision (because) there was more than one capable candidate,” Lambert said. “But Brett’s been very good for our hockey team from a leadership standpoint.”

Dependability and consistency were two of the reasons why Lambert chose Palin to carry his club.

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