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January 29, 2009

Lightning Swap Goaltenders with Admirals


TAMPA BAY, FL Ė The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have recalled goaltender Riku Helenius from the Admirals on an emergency basis and have reassigned goaltender Karri Ramo to the Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today.

Ramo, a 6-foot-2, 207-pound goaltender in his third professional season, has gone 7-14-4 with Norfolk this season, posting a 3.78 goals-against average and .884 save percentage. In 77 career AHL games between Norfolk and the Springfield Falcons, he has posted a 24-42-5 record with a 3.38 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage.

Ramo has appeared in three games with Tampa Bay this season, going 1-1-0 with a 4.86 goals-against average and .868 save percentage. In 27 career NHL games, Ramo has posted an 8-12-3 record with a .893 save percentage and a 3.23 goals-against average.

Helenius, a 6-foot-3, 202-pound goaltender from Palkane, Finland, did not appear in a game with the Sea Wolves after being assigned to Mississippi last week. In 11 ECHL games this season, Helenius is 4-5-2 with a 3.80 GAA and .896 save percentage. He has gone 1-1-1 in three games with the Sea Wolves, posting a 3.53 GAA and .944 save percentage. The 20-year-old went 3-4-1 in his first eight games of North American professional hockey with the Augusta Lynx this season, recording his first Norfolk American pro win in his North American pro debut, stopping 44 of 46 shots on October 21 at Gwinnett.

Helenius has appeared in one game with the Admirals this season. He made his AHL debut in relief on January 2 in Worcester, stopping 11 of 12 shots without receiving a decision. Helenius appeared in two preseason games for the Admirals, going 1-1-0 with a 4.00 goals-against average and .840 save percentage.

The Admiralsí nine-game homestand will conclude this week with a pair of contests against the Albany River Rats. The puck drops tonight and tomorrow night at Scope at 7:15 p.m.

Tonight is Student Rush Night and Family Fun Pack Night. With Student Rush Nights, students in high school and college may purchase $8 white level tickets by presenting their school IDs at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game. With Family Fun Packs, you receive four red level tickets, four hot dogs, four popcorns and four sodas for only $48 Ė thatís a saving of $37! Family Fun Packs are available at the Scope Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com. For more details, please visit norfolkadmirals.com.

To purchase tickets to any Admirals game, you may visit the Scope Box Office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., visit any Ticketmaster outlet, call Ticketmaster at (757) 671-8100 or visit Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com. Donít miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2008-09 season tickets today. Stop by the Admiralsí Administrative Offices at Scope, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com anytime!




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