Three Admirals Still Alive for Stanley Cup
Milwaukee, WI–With the National Hockey League’s conference finals under way, there are still three former Milwaukee Admirals alive in the race for the Stanley Cup, hockey’s most coveted prize.
In a surprise match-up of the seven and eight seeds, Kimmo Timonen and the Philadelphia Flyers square off against Mathieu Darche and the Montreal Canadiens in the East Finals. Out West Jed Ortmeyer and the San Jose Sharks battle the Chicago Blackhawks for the right to play in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Ortmeyer is the latest of the three players to have suited up for the Admirals as the Omaha, NE native skated for Milwaukee during the 2008-09 campaign and totaled 23 points (10g-13a) in 55 games during the regular season and seven points (1g-6a) in 11 play-off contests. Playing in his first season in San Jose, Ortmeyer had eight goals and 11 assists in 76 games and has an assist in four Stanley Cup Playoff frays.
Darche was a member of the Admirals 2004 Calder Cup Championship Team, the lone professional title in franchise history. The Montreal native was tied for the team lead in scoring that year, posting 59 points in 76 games and then adding six goals and eight assists in 22 playoff contests. Darche split time between Montreal and Hamilton (AHL) this year, but has played in eight post-season games with the Canadiens.
It has been over a decade since Timonen registered 15 points (2g-13a) in 29 games for the Admirals during his first professional season in 1998-99 before embarking on an NHL career that has seen him log over 800 contests with Nashville and Philadelphia. A four-time Olympian for his native Finland, Timonen finished the regular season this year with 39 points and played in all 82 of the Flyers games. He has also played in each of Philadelphia playoff affairs, posting five assists and 12 penalty minutes.
If one of these three players manages to capture Lord Stanley’s Cup they will be the 12th former Admiral to have their name engraved on the sport’s most hallowed trophy. The last Admiral to do it was Mark Eaton, who was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins when they won it all last year.
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