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January 1, 2011

Lightning Acquire G Dwayne Roloson From Islanders


TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have acquired goaltender Dwayne Roloson from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenseman Ty Wishart tonight, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

“In this trade we give up a promising, former first-round pick. We wish him luck in the Islanders organization,” Yzerman said. “In Roloson we have acquired a proven, veteran goaltender who will provide stability in net.”

Roloson, 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, has played in 20 games with the Islanders this season, posting a 6-13-1 record, a .916 save percentage and a 2.64 goals-against average. He leads all New York goaltenders each category as well as games played.

A native of Simcoe, Ontario, Roloson has played in 532 career NHL games, posting a career 2.66 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. He was named to the 2004 NHL All-Star Game. Roloson has played in 33 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, posting an 18-12 record with a .915 save percentage and a 2.56 goals-against average.

Roloson was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Calgary Flames on July 4, 1994.

Wishart, 6-foot-4, 222 pounds, had appeared in 31 games with the Admirals this season posting four goals and 18 points. The 22-year-old defenseman appeared in 168 games with Norfolk over the past three seasons posting 14 goals and 57 points. He has appeared in 172 games in his AHL career between the Admirals and Worcester Sharks posting 14 goals and 57 points. He also appeared in five NHL games with the Lightning in 2008-09 and posted one assist.

The Admirals will wrap up a quick two-game road trip tomorrow evening with a 5:00 matchup against the Hershey Bears. 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 next weekend to battle the Connecticut Whale on Friday and Saturday nights. The puck drops on Friday at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, the first 75 children ages 14 and younger will receive an Admirals Zamboni Bank courtesy of JPM Financial Services, John's Tax Service, WAVY-TV 10 and WTKR NewsChannel3. Saturday is Special Olympics Night, presented by SunTrust, with discounted tickets available through norfolkadmirals.com to benefit Special Olympics of Virginia.

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.

Don’t 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 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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