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December 26, 2010

Goaltender Jaroslav Janus and Forward Johan Harju Return to Admirals


TAMPA BAY, Fla. Ė The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have reassigned goaltender Jaroslav Janus (YAHR-oh-slahv YAHN-ihs) to the Admirals from the ECHLís Florida Everblades today. In addition, the Lightning have reassigned forward Johan Harju (har-YOO) to the Admirals. Both announcements were made by Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman.

Janus, 6-foot-1, 189-pounds, a goaltender from Presov, Slovakia, has posted an 8-6-0-0 record in 16 games with the Everblades this season with a 3.04 goals-against average and .906 save percentage. In his last nine games with Florida, Janus posted a 5-3-0-0 record with a 2.26 GAA and .931 save percentage. He was assigned to the Everblades from Norfolk on October 17 after serving as a backup for the Admirals in two games to begin the 2010-11 season.

Janus, 21, appeared in 13 games for the Admirals last season, posting a 7-6-0 record with one shutout, a 2.07 GAA and .922 save percentage. He led Norfolk in goals-against average and save percentage in his first season of professional hockey. He began the 2009-10 season by appearing with the Admirals in his first two pro games on a Professional Tryout Contract.

Janus played in 110 career OHL games with the Erie Otters, posting a 45-53-7 record with a 3.69 GAA. At the 2009 World Junior Championships with Team Slovakia, Janus posted a 3-4-0 record with a 3.20 GAA and a .932 save percentage in seven games. He was named the tournamentís top goaltender by attending media. Tampa Bay drafted Janus in the sixth round (162nd overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Harju, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, was assigned to the Admirals by the Lightning on Thursday. He has appeared in 19 games with the Admirals this season in his North American debut, recording 14 goals and 24 points with a plus-8 rating. He leads Norfolk in goals and is tied for the team lead in points. He also is tied for eighth in the AHL in goals.

A native of Overtornea, Sweden, Harju has played in seven games with the Lightning this season, recording a goal and two points. He notched his first NHL point on December 4 against Colorado with an assist and followed that up with his first goal December 7 at Calgary.

Harju was selected by the Lightning in the sixth round, 167th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

The Admiralsí next game takes place this evening in Hershey, Pennsylvania, with the first matchup of 2010-11 against the Bears. The puck drops at 5:00 p.m. Due to Washington Redskins football there will not be a radio broadcast of the game on 102.1-FM or 1490-AM. However, you can follow all of the action online at 1021TheGame.com and AHLLive.com.

The Admirals return to Scope on Tuesday and Thursday to battle the Charlotte Checkers at 7:15 p.m. Both games will feature Admirals Family Fun Packs and Student Rush Nights. In addition, the first 500 children aged 12 and younger through the gates will receive a Lil' Kinz lion courtesy of The Virginia Zoo on Tuesday and Admirals Mini Sticks courtesy of Bon Secours In Motion Physical Therapy on Thursday.

Family Fun Packs, presented by SunTrust, 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 Ė thatís a savings of $37!

Student Rush Nights provide $8 White Level Tickets (normally $12) for 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.

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.

Individual tickets for all regular season games start at just $12. Tickets are available now at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.

Donít miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2010-11 season tickets today. Season tickets start at just $350 while 10-Packs are available for as little as $110. 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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