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January 6, 2011

Lightning Assign D Marc-Andre Bergeron to Admirals


TAMPA BAY, Fla. Ė The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have assigned defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron (BAIR-zhuhr-ohn) to the Admirals, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Bergeron had been signed by the Lightning earlier this week.

Bergeron, 5-foot-9, 198 pounds, played in 60 games with the Montreal Canadiens last season, recording 13 goals and 34 points. He led all Montreal defensemen in goals and was tied for the lead in points. Bergeron was tied for the team lead for game-winning goals with four and third for power play goals with seven. He was tied for ninth in the NHL for goals among defensemen. Bergeron also played in three games with Montrealís AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, notching six assists.

A native of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Bergeron has played in 399 career NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild and the Canadiens. He has amassed 75 goals, 43 power play goals and 194 points. During the previous two seasons the offensive defenseman has ranked tied for fourth in the NHL among defensemen in goals with 27 and fifth for goals per game with .205. Bergeron has eclipsed the 10-goal barrier on three occasions since the 2005-06 season (2005-06, 15; 2008-09, 14; 2009-10, 13). Bergeron has also played in 43 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording five goals and 12 points, including 19 games last season with Montreal.

Bergeron has appeared in 136 career American Hockey League games between the Hamilton Bulldogs and Toronto Roadrunners scoring 14 goals and 67 assists with 157 penalty minutes. He was an AHL Second-Team All Star with the Bulldogs in 2002-03.

Bergeron was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Oilers on July 20, 2001.

The Admirals return to Scope this 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 750 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.

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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