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January 31, 2011

Lightning Recall Goaltender Mike Smith from Conditioning Assignment


TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have recalled goaltender Mike Smith from the Admirals today, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. Smith was assigned to the Admirals on a conditioning assignment January 20 while he recovered from a minor knee injury suffered on December 20.

Smith, 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, has played in 17 games with the Lightning this season, posting a 10-5-0 record with a 3.20 goals-against average and a .883 save percentage. In the two games prior to his injury, Smith had posted a 2-0-0 record with a 0.96 goals-against average and a .961 save percentage. He was placed on Injured Reserve and missed 15 games before being assigned to Norfolk. While with the Admirals, Smith appeared in two games, posting a 0-2-0 record with a 2.56 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage.

A native of Kingston, Ontario, Smith has appeared in 157 NHL games with the Lightning and Dallas Stars. Smith has accumulated a 64-65-18 record with a .905 save percentage and a 2.74 goals-against average. He was named to the 2006-07 NHL All-Rookie Team. In 129 career AHL games between Norfolk, the Utah Grizzlies, Houston Aeros and Iowa Stars, Smith has a 57-54-6 record with a 2.59 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.

Smith was acquired by Tampa Bay with Jeff Halpern, Jussi Jokinen and a fourth round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from Dallas in exchange for Brad Richards and Johan Holmqvist on February 26, 2008. He was drafted by the Stars in the fifth round, 161st overall, in 2001.

The Admirals return to action following the All-Star Break with a game on Thursday night on the road against the Charlotte Checkers. They then drop the puck on a season-long eight-game homestand on Friday and Saturday nights against the Binghamton Senators at Scope.

The Admirals will hold their second Military Appreciation Night of the 2010-11 season on Friday. Red Level Tickets (normally $14) will be available for just $9 at the Norfolk Scope Box Office for all active or retired military, their dependents and reservists with valid military identification. Groups of 25 or more can purchase their Red Level Tickets for just $8 by contacting the Admirals Group Sales Office at (757) 640-1212. More details are available at norfolkadmirals.com.

In addition, the first 2,500 fans through the gates on Friday will receive an Admirals cowbell, courtesy of SUPERCUTS.

On Saturday, join the Admirals at Scope for an encore performance of the national anthem by Elizabeth Hughes as the Admirals play the Binghamton Senators at 7:15 p.m. Tickets for the game start at $12, including a $1 charitable donation to Elizabeth's school, the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater. Eight-year-old Elizabeth and Admirals fans inspired people across the country with a display of unity and composure on January 7 at Scope. Halfway through a beautiful rendition of the national anthem, Elizabeth's microphone malfunctioned and her voice was no longer carried through the Scope sound system. Without hesitation, Elizabeth maintained her poise and continued to sing as nearly 5,000 Admirals fans at Scope joined her in rousing fashion.

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.

Take advantage of great savings on Admirals tickets with our 10-Packs and group tickets. 10-Packs are available for as little as $110 and allow you to pick the games you want. Group tickets start at $10 for groups of 25 or more people. 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 for more details or to purchase your tickets!


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