Aaron Downey Becomes Sixth Former Admiral to Win Stanley Cup
NORFOLK, VA – Former Hampton Roads Admirals and Norfolk Admirals forward Aaron Downey has become the sixth former Admirals player to win the Stanley Cup.
Downey won the Stanley Cup tonight as a member of the Detroit Red Wings, who defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final four games to two. He played 208 combined games between the Hampton Roads Admirals (ECHL) and Norfolk Admirals (AHL) from 1995 to 2002. He was the first captain in Norfolk Admirals history during their inaugural AHL season in 2000-01 and is one of only five players to have played for both the ECHL and AHL Admirals.
While Downey did not appear in any playoff games for the Red Wings, he did play in 56 games during the regular season, registering three assists and 116 penalty minutes. The NHL stipulates that a player who has appeared in at least 41 regular season games or at least one Stanley Cup Final game with that season’s eventual Stanley Cup Champion will have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup.
Downey joins Valeri Zelepukin (1995 New Jersey Devils), Anton Babchuk (2006 Carolina Hurricanes), Kent Huskins (2007 Anaheim Ducks), Travis Moen (2007 Anaheim Ducks) and Shawn Thornton (2007 Anaheim Ducks) as former Admirals players whose names appear on the Stanley Cup.
When his ECHL and AHL Admirals statistics are combined, Downey appeared in 208 games as an Admiral scoring 26 goals and 36 assists for 62 points. His combined 947 penalty minutes are the second highest total in Admirals history, trailing only Shawn Thornton’s 1,208.
Downey turned pro with the Hampton Roads Admirals (ECHL) in 1995-96, registering an Admirals-record 354 penalty minutes as a rookie. He followed that up in 1996-97 with 338 penalty minutes. Downey is one of only three Admirals all-time to have over 300 penalty minutes in a single season (Brian Goudie, 306 in 1993-94; Louid Bedard, 307 in 1999-2000), and is the only player to have done it in two seasons.
In his two seasons with the ECHL Admirals, Downey played 126 games, scoring 20 goals and adding 19 assists for 39 points and 692 penalty minutes. He also added three assists and 26 penalty minutes in nine Riley Cup Playoff Games in 1996.
In his two seasons with the AHL Norfolk Admirals, Downey played 79 games, scoring six goals and adding 17 assists for 23 points and 255 penalty minutes. He also picked up four penalty minutes in nine Calder Cup Playoff Games in 2001.
Downey is now the only former Admiral player to have his name on both the Calder Cup and Stanley Cup. He won the Calder Cup as a member of the 1998-99 Providence Bruins.
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