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January 14, 2010

Dustin Tokarski Earns First NHL Call-Up


TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have recalled goaltender Dustin Tokarski (toh-KAHR-skee) from the Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today. This is the rookie netminder’s first career National Hockey League recall.

Tokarski, 20, is a 5-foot-11, 185-pound goaltender out of Watson, Saskatchewan. He has posted a 12-13-0 record with two shutouts, a 2.68 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in his first 25 professional games with the Admirals this season. He turned aside 28 shots last night to help Norfolk defeat the Hershey Bears 4-3 at Scope.

Tokarski was drafted by the Lightning in the fifth round (122nd overall) in 2008. He won the 2006 Canadian Midget National Championship with the Prince Albert Mintos, was MVP of the 2008 Memorial Cup with the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs, and won the gold medal at the 2009 World Junior Championships for Team Canada.

Last season, Tokarski broke his own Spokane franchise records with a 1.97 goals-against average, .937 save percentage and seven shutouts while going 34-18-2 in 54 games. He led the WHL in goals-against average, save percentage and shootout save percentage (.860) while tying for first in shutouts and ranking fifth in wins. In 129 career games with the Chiefs, he recorded a 77-39-7 record with a 2.18 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.

The Lightning will face off against the Florida Panthers tonight at the St. Pete Times Forum. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

Next up for the Admirals is a pair of matchups against the Adirondack Phantoms on Friday and Saturday nights at Scope. The puck drops at 7:15 p.m. both nights.

Join us for Norfolk Public Schools Night on Friday. Parents, students and staff of Norfolk Public Schools can get tickets for just $5 by calling the Admirals at (757) 640-1212. Please note that the discounted tickets are only available for advance purchase. Tickets must be purchased by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Also on Friday, the first 3,000 fans through the gates will receive 2009-10 Admirals playing cards, courtesy of John’s Tax Service and Sinclair Communications, parent company of 93.7 BOB-FM, 96-X, US-106, WNIS AM-790, and WTAR 850-AM.

On Saturday, the Admirals and Susan G. Komen for the Cure will hold “Pink in the Rink.” This third annual event will seek to educate and raise awareness about breast cancer while also raising monies for the Tidewater Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Events leading up to and during the game include a breast cancer informational session, survivor participation during game night, “Hockey 101- A Clinic for Women” and a silent auction for player-autographed Tampa Bay Lightning items. Even the ice will be pink.

Special $12 Red Level Tickets will be available for the game with a portion of the proceeds going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Tickets may be purchased through Susan G. Komen for the Cure online at komentidewater.org or by calling (757) 490-7794. Tickets for groups of 10 or more people may also be ordered by calling the Admirals at (757) 640-1212.

For a complete schedule and details of the promotions, please visit norfolkadmirals.com or call (757) 640-
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 1-800-745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster online at ticketmaster.com. Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2009-10 season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ 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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