Admirals and Predators Ink New Deal
Milwaukee, WI--Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile and Milwaukee Admirals Governor/CEO Harris Turer jointly announced today that the Admirals will continue to serve as the Predators top developmental affiliate through the 2013-2014 season with a mutual option for the 2014-15 campaign. Per conditions of the agreement, the Admirals will continue to receive their roster from the Predators.
“We are extremely pleased to extend our affiliation with the Predators,” said Turer. “David Poile, and [Nashville Assistant General Manager and Milwaukee General Manager] Paul Fenton and their staff are committed to developing players by creating a winning tradition in Milwaukee, as evidenced by the success we have had in our relationship with Nashville. We look forward to continuing the winning tradition and bringing another Calder Cup to Milwaukee.”
Currently in their 14th season with Nashville the Admirals are 565-377-153 (W-L-T/OTP), good for an impressive .588 winning percentage, while serving as the Predators top farm club. The affiliation has been particularly fruitful over the course of the last eight-plus seasons. In that time the Admirals have posted a 386-218-85 record (.622) and they are the only team in American Hockey League history to have eight consecutive seasons of 40 or more wins and 90 or more points.
In 2003-04 the Admirals captured their first professional title when they won the Calder Cup Championship, and the team returned to the Calder Cup Finals in the 2005-06 season. The Admirals have also captured the West Division Title on four occasions, including last year, and have accumulated at least 100 points in five of the past eight seasons.
“Our organization has been philosophically committed to an affiliation in which the road to Nashville goes through Milwaukee,” Poile said. “Our current roster supports this philosophy. The Milwaukee Admirals have cultivated a winning tradition, as evidenced by their nine consecutive trips to the playoffs – including a Calder Cup Championship in 2004 and another appearance in the Calder Cup Finals in 2006. Led by Harris Turer, the Milwaukee ownership group has assembled a bright and dedicated staff headed by President Jon Greenberg, that has created a major league environment for our prospects.”