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July 28, 2010

AHL Admirals Tenth Anniversary First Team

As announced today, Martin St. Pierre, Brandon Bochenski, Quintin Laing, Duncan Keith, Dustin Byfuglien and Michael Leighton have been voted by Admirals fans to the AHL Admirals Tenth Anniversary First Team. Below is a description of the accomplishments of these men during their times with the Admirals and after they left Norfolk. For the Second Team, click here.

Martin St. Pierre:
142GP, 50G, 122A, 172PTS, 198 PIM
Martin St. Pierre/Photo by Allison VeinoteMartin St. Pierre averaged 1.21 points per game during his time with the Admirals. The playmaking center put up 50 goals, 122 assists and 172 points in 142 regular season games with the Admirals. He ranks third in points, second in assists and tied for seventh in goals in AHL Admirals history. He also established AHL Admirals single-season records with 72 assists and 99 points during the 2006-07 season. St. Pierre is the only player to ever lead the AHL Admirals in scoring in multiple seasons (2005-06, 2006-07). He was a vital cog in one of the most explosive lines in AHL Admirals history as he lined up between Troy Brouwer and Brandon Bochenski during the first half of the 2006-07 season. He is part of a group of only three AHL Admirals to have appeared in multiple AHL All-Star Games (2006, 2007) and is the only Admiral to ever be a First Team AHL All-Star (2006-07). He was a member of the 2005-06 AHL All-Rookie Team. Since he last played for the Admirals, St. Pierre has played for the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators, and the AHL's Rockford IceHogs, Providence Bruins and Binghamton Senators.

Brandon Bochenski:
146GP, 81G, 78A, 159PTS, 95PIM
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.

Quintin Laing:
357GP, 47G, 82A, 129PTS, 273PIM
Quintin Laing/Photo by Allison VeinoteQuintin Laing’s numbers show him as one of the top players in AHL Admirals history – but his intangibles cement his place in the annals of Admirals history. In 357 games, Laing scored 47 goals and 82 assists for 129 points. Laing ranks second in games played, ninth in goals, fifth in assists, eighth in points and sixth in plus/minus (+19) in AHL Admirals history. He is one of only four players that ranks in the top ten of goals, assists, points and plus/minus. But Laing’s team-first play endeared him to Norfolk fans. He perennially won the Admirals Booster Club’s award as the player with the most heart. Although they have not been recorded officially, it is doubtful that anyone has blocked more shots in AHL Admirals history than Laing.

Duncan Keith:
154GP, 16G, 35A, 51PTS, 122PIM
Duncan Keith/Photo by Yvonne PaxsonDuncan Keith got his start in professional hockey with the Norfolk Admirals in 2003-04. Over the next two years, Keith recorded 16 goals and 51 points in 154 games with the Admirals. Among all AHL Admirals defensemen, he ranks fourth in goals and seventh in points. He is the only defenseman to record a hat trick in AHL Admirals history, doing so on February 18, 2005, against the Hershey Bears. Keith has been with the Chicago Blackhawks since last playing for the Admirals in 2004-05. In the past year, he has won a Gold Medal with Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the Stanley Cup with Chicago and the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s most outstanding defenseman in 2009-10.

Dustin Byfuglien:
116GP, 24G, 43A, 67PTS, 221PIM
Dustin Byfuglien/Photo by Allison VeinoteBefore he became an “immovable force” as a forward in front of opposition goaltenders, Dustin Byfuglien patrolled the blueline for two seasons in Norfolk. Byfuglien scored 24 goals and 43 assists for 67 points in 116 games with the Admirals from 2005-06 to 2006-07. He ranks second in goals, sixth in assists and tied for second in points among defensemen in AHL Admirals history. Byfuglien’s powerful shot was an asset on the Admirals power play, where he chipped in ten goals. He averaged 3.31 shots per game – only Brandon Bochenski (3.82) has averaged more in AHL Admirals history (50+ games). Byfuglien won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks last month and has since been traded to the Atlanta Thrashers.

Michael Leighton:
147GPI, 75W, 52L, 14T, 3SOL, 2.16GAA, .919SV%
Michael Leighton/Photo by Yvonne PaxsonLook at the top of any major goaltending statistic in AHL Admirals history and Michael Leighton’s name will appear. In 147 games, Leighton went 75-52-14-3 with 18 shutouts, a 2.16 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. Leighton ranks first in each of those categories for an AHL Admirals career. He led the Admirals in games played, wins, shutouts, goals-against average and save percentage in three of the four seasons he spent in Norfolk. Since last playing with the Admirals in 2004-05, Leighton has played for several AHL and NHL teams – most recently guiding the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals.

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