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February 3, 2010

Admirals Sign Forward Matt Fornataro to Standard Contract


NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals have signed forward Matt Fornataro to an American Hockey League Standard Player’s Contract (SPC).

Fornataro, 24, a 6-foot-0, 190-pound center from Calgary, Alberta, was signed to a Professional Tryout Contract on January 2. He has appeared in 14 games with Norfolk since then, scoring five goals and two assists with a +3 rating. He led the Admirals in goals and tied for the team lead in points with five goals and two assists on the recently-concluded seven-game road trip.

Fornataro has also appeared in one game with the Houston Aeros this season. The second-year pro has appeared in 67 career AHL games between Norfolk, Houston, the Worcester Sharks and the Syracuse Crunch, scoring 16 goals and 33 points. Last season, he appeared in 51 games for the Sharks, scoring ten goals and 25 points.

Fornataro played the majority of the first part of this season with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. In 33 games, he had 18 goals and 36 points, leading the Stingrays in both categories at the time that he was signed to a tryout contract with the Admirals. He also ranked fifth in ECHL points and was tied for second in goals. His seven power play goals were tied for the most in the ECHL. He had points in each of his last 12 games for the Stingrays (9G, 9A). In 54 career ECHL games between the Stingrays and Phoenix RoadRunners, Fornataro has 28 goals and 61 points.

Fornataro appeared in 156 games in a four-year collegiate hockey career with the University of New Hampshire scoring 44 goals and 118 points.

The Admirals return to Norfolk Scope Arena tonight kick off a six-game homestand against the Hershey Bears. The game is another Family Fun Pack Night and Student Rush Night. Family Fun Packs include four discounted Red Level Tickets for just $48 plus four free hot dogs, four free popcorns and four free sodas. Fans get all of that for just $48 – that’s a savings of $37!

Student Rush Nights, brought to you by Pit Bull Energy Drink and Baxter’s Sports Lounge, provide $8 White Level Tickets (normally $12) for high school and college students with a valid current high school or college ID. In addition, when you buy a Student Rush Night Ticket, you get a buy-one, get-one free offer for the next Student Rush Night. On top of that, you get discounted food at Baxter’s Sports Lounge (located right across the street from Scope) on the day of the game.

Admirals Family Fun Packs are available at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Student Rush Night Tickets are available ONLY at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game.

For a complete schedule and details of the promotions, please visit norfolkadmirals.com or call (757) 640-1212.

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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