Joining the Admirals as an undrafted free agent, Ajay Baines became an integral part of the teamís inaugural AHL season in 2000-01. He spent the better part of six seasons with the Admirals.
Best known as the longest serving captain in AHL Admirals history, Baines wore the ďCĒ from October 18, 2002 until February 15, 2006. Baines holds the record for most games played in AHL Admirals history with 409 and most points with 175. He ranks third in both goals (68) and assists (107). As a formidable two-way forward, he led the AHL Admirals to two division titles, led the team in scoring during the 2003-04 season and was integral on a penalty kill that ranked among the AHL's top ten for four of the six seasons that he played.
There are three words to describe Ajay Baines: Sportsmanship, Determination and Dedication. These characteristics were awarded after the 2008-09 season when he was selected to receive the AHLís Fred Hunt Memorial Trophy. Baines was deeply and passionately involved in promoting literacy and working with diabetics in the Hampton Roads area. He was a two-time recipient of the Admirals American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year Award (2000-01, 2004-05) for his work in the Hampton Roads community.
Baines retired following the 2008-09 season after playing 647 career AHL games between Norfolk, the Hamilton Bulldogs, Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights and Iowa Stars. He won the 2007 Calder Cup with the Bulldogs and scored the Calder Cup-clinching goal in Game 5 against the Hershey Bears on June 7, 2007.