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April 21, 2011

Top Prospect Carter Ashton Joins Admirals

TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have reassigned forward Carter Ashton to the Admirals from his junior club, the Tri City Americans of the Western Hockey League, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Ashton, 20, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound right wing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, is a first-round draft pick of the Lightning (29th overall in 2009). He split this season between Tri City and the Regina Pats, scoring 33 goals and 71 points with 106 penalty minutes in 62 games between the clubs. He also netted 17 power play goals, tying him for fifth place in the WHL.

Ashton added three goals and eight points in ten playoff games with the Americans. In 239 career WHL games between Tri City, Regina and the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Ashton has scored 92 goals and 181 points with 329 penalty minutes.

Ashton also joined the Admirals at the end of last season, recording one goal in his first 11 professional games while only 19 years of age. The Lightning signed to a three-year, entry-level contract on October 2, 2009.

The Admirals are back in action tomorrow night for Game Five of their East Division Semifinal Series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. The series is tied at two games apiece.

Individual playoff tickets range in price from $13.00 - $18.00 when purchased in advance of the day of a game. Students through high school, active military with valid identification and senior citizens receive $1 off single game tickets at the Scope Box Office. Group discounts are also available when purchased in advance through the Admirals group sales office.

Season tickets for the 2011-12 season are now available! Low monthly payments available for a limited time only. 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 anytime for more details or to purchase your tickets!


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