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June 29, 2010

AHL Admirals Tenth Anniversary Team - Right Wings


The Admirals have now completed ten seasons in the American Hockey League. This summer, you will help to determine who deserves to be named to the AHL Admirals Tenth Anniversary Teams.

Every week from now to the end of July, you will have the opportunity to vote on the best players by position in AHL Admirals history. Results will not be revealed until all voting is complete. For more details on how candidates are selected, how you can submit a write-in vote, and more, please see the end of this page.

To vote, please visit norfolkadmirals.com and vote on the poll at the bottom-right corner of the home page. You may only vote once.

Below are right wing candidates for the AHL Admirals Tenth Anniversary Team.

Brandon Bochenski:
Brandon Bochenski/Photo by John WrightNo one has scored more goals in AHL Admirals history than Brandon Bochenski. In fact, with 81 career Admirals goals, only Rod Taylor, Brian Martin, Victor Gervais, Dominic Maltais and Rick Kowalsky have more goals in Admirals history than Bochenski – and each did so in five or more seasons as an Admiral. Bochenski completed his third campaign in Norfolk last season. He has 159 points in 146 games as an Admiral. His AHL Admirals franchise records include goals (81), power play goals (34) and game-winning goals (15) while ranking fourth in points (159) and eighth in assists (78). He was one of the most lethal shooters in the AHL during the 2006-07 season, posting 33 goals and 33 assists in only 35 games with Norfolk.

Carl Corazzini:
Carl Corazzini/Photo by Allison VeinoteCarl Corazzini made the most of his two seasons with the Admirals. After joining Norfolk on a tryout contract to begin the 2005-06 season, the veteran winger posted 26 goals and 55 points in 75 games. The next season, he returned to the NHL for the first time in three years. In 143 career games with the Admirals, Corazzini posted 54 goals and 112 points. He ranks tenth in points and fifth in goals in AHL Admirals history. Corazzini was effective at even strength, on the power play and on the penalty kill. His 21 power play goals as an Admiral are tied for third in AHL Admirals history and he added three shorthanded goals. The speedy winger spent last season playing in Europe.

Casey Hankinson:
Casey Hankinson/Photo by Yvonne PaxsonCasey Hankinson was the most dynamic scorer over the first three seasons of AHL Admirals hockey. In 219 games as an Admiral from 2000-01 to 2002-03, Hankinson posted 76 goals and 155 points. His AHL Admirals ranks include seventh in games played, second in goals, seventh in assists (79), second in power play goals (28), tied for second in game-winning goals (12) and tied for fourth in shorthanded goals (4). He led the Admirals in scoring once (2000-01) and in goals twice (2000-01 and 2001-02). Hankinson also leads the Admirals in Calder Cup Playoff scoring with ten goals and 19 points in 22 games. Hankinson went to the Anaheim organization for two years and retired following the 2004-05 season.

Matt Keith:
Matt Keith/Photo by Yvonne PaxsonMatt Keith was one of the most prolific goal scorers in AHL Admirals history. Over four seasons from 2003-04 to 2006-07, Keith registered 59 goals and 130 points in 237 games with Norfolk. His AHL Admirals ranks include fifth in games played, seventh in points, fourth in goals, ninth in assists (71), tied for third in power play goals (21) and tied for second in game-winning goals (12). Perhaps more impressive was Keith’s knack for scoring clutch goals. Better than one of every five of his Admirals goals were game-winners (0.20). After spending one season in Europe, Keith returned to North America last season and played for the Rockford IceHogs.

Mike Peluso:
Mike Peluso/Photo by Yvonne PaxsonMike Peluso only appeared in parts of two seasons with the Admirals, playing just 103 games between 2001-02 and 2002-03. However, he was an effective point producer during those two seasons, accumulating 42 goals and 82 points. The man who wore #17 ranks seventeenth in AHL Admirals all-time points and is in the top 20 of goals, power play goals and game-winning goals. His 0.80 points-per-game average ranks third among players with 100 or more games. Among the fifteen players who have scored 40 or more goals in their AHL Admirals career, Peluso has played the second-fewest games – averaging better than two goals every five games. After leaving the Admirals, Peluso joined the Philadelphia Flyers organization for one season before retiring.

Brandon Segal:
Brandon Segal/Photo by John WrightBrandon Segal was one of the most effective two-way forwards for the Admirals during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. Segal played 91 games for Norfolk and posted 33 goals and 65 points. Acquired mid-way through the 2007-08 season, Segal was most effective during the 2008-09 season, ranking second in goals (26), fourth in points (52) and fourth in plus/minus (+4). He ranks 19th in AHL Admirals all-time goal scoring. Segal split last season between the Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings and Manchester Monarchs, recording the first six goals and 12 points of his NHL career.

Shawn Thornton:
Shawn Thornton/Photo by Allison VeinoteThe Admirals all-time leader in penalty minutes and one of only four players to have appeared in more than 300 games in his AHL Admirals career, Shawn Thornton is one of the most popular players in Admirals history. In 314 games with Norfolk, Thornton posted 40 goals and 98 points with 1,198 penalty minutes. He ranks fourth in games played, tied for 11th in points, ranks 15th in goals and is first in penalty minutes and shots (795). He led the Admirals in penalty minutes four times (2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2005-06). Since leaving the Admirals, Thornton has won the Stanley Cup with the 2007 Anaheim Ducks and has spent the last three seasons with the Boston Bruins.

Pavel Vorobiev:
Pavel Vorobiev/Photo by Yvonne PaxsonPavel Vorobiev was one of the top scorers for the Admirals for parts of three seasons. In 168 games with the Admirals between 2003-04 and 2005-06, Vorobiev posted 41 goals and 98 points. He is tied for 13th in goals, tied for 11th in points and is 16th in games played in AHL Admirals history. Vorobiev ranked in the top five of goals and points for the Admirals in 2003-04 and 2004-05. During his only full season in Norfolk, Vorobiev posted 19 goals and 44 points in 79 games during the lockout season of 2004-05, ranking fourth in points and second in goals. Since leaving the Admirals following the 2005-06 season, Vorobiev has played four seasons in Russia.


The candidates for each position of the AHL Admirals Tenth Anniversary Team were chosen based on (1) having played at least 80 regular season games with the AHL Admirals and (2) being the top eight point scorers in their position. They are then presented in alphabetical order. Fans wishing to submit votes for candidates not listed on the poll may do so by emailing keith@norfolkadmirals.com with the subject line "AHL Admirals Tenth Anniversary Team" and the name and position of their write in candidate in the body. You may only submit one write-in candidate per position.

The player with the most votes in each position will be named an AHL Admirals Tenth Anniversary First All-Star. The player with the second-most votes in his position will be named an AHL Admirals Tenth Anniversary Second All-Star. The only exception will be on defense, where the top two vote-getters will be named to the first team and the next two will be named to the second team.

Results will be announced on Wednesday, July 28.





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