NORFOLK, VA – The Norfolk Admirals have signed defenseman Justin Fletcher to an AHL Standard Player’s Contract for the 2008-09 season, Admirals General Manager Mike Butters announced today.
“Justin is an intelligent player who shows up and competes every night,” said Admirals Head Coach Darren Rumble. “We are expecting big things from him this season.”
Fletcher, 25, is a 5-foot-11, 185-pound rookie defenseman from Maryville, Illinois. He split last season between the Admirals and Rockford IceHogs. In 39 games with Norfolk, Fletcher had one goal and four assists with 37 penalty minutes. In 20 regular season games with Rockford, he had four goals and seven assists with 43 penalty minutes. He also added an assist in 11 Calder Cup Playoff games for the IceHogs.
Fletcher made his professional debut in 2006-07 on an Amateur Tryout Contract with the Springfield Falcons, notching three goals and one assist with four penalty minutes in ten games. In 69 career American Hockey League games between Springfield, Norfolk and Rockford, Fletcher has eight goals and 12 assists with 84 penalty minutes.
Fletcher originally signed a one-year deal with the Admirals’ NHL parent club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, on May 7, 2007. Prior to joining the Falcons, the undrafted blueliner finished his collegiate career with St. Cloud State University in 2006-07. In his collegiate career, Fletcher amassed 26 goals and 60 assists for 86 points in 143 games over four seasons. He is St. Cloud State’s third-highest scoring defenseman of all time and also holds the school’s career record for most power play goals by a defenseman.
The twentieth season of Admirals hockey starts this October. Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2008-09 season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope or call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com anytime!